- SPARK Physical Education and the Community Transformation Grant
- We Can! Launches New PSA Campaign
- empowerME4Life – Teaching Healthy Living to Kids
- BeTobaccoFree.gov Website Launched
- State School Environmental Guidelines Released

SPARK Physical Education and the Community Transformation Grant

SPARK offers evidence-based Physical Education, Physical Activity and Coordinated School Health programs targeting pre-K through 12th grade students in and out of school. Click here to download a resource guide that will explain how you can use SPARK to align with the goals of the Community Transformation Grant (CTG).

This document includes information that shows:
1. Alignment to the Strategic Directions and Strategies within the CTG’s application
2. Alignment to CDC’s long-term measures for addressing physical activity and nutrition
3. Why you should partner with SPARK for your CTG’s submission
4. How SPARK deliverables align with CDC prevention outcomes
5. Which SPARK Evaluation and Assessment option might be used to support your submission

Contact SPARK at 800-SPARK-PE or spark@sparkpe.org. for assistance in creating a program that will WORK and LAST.
Click here to download a resource guide.

We Can! Launches New PSA Campaign

We Can! in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Ad Council, recently launched a multimedia public service announcement campaign titled "I Can, You Can, We Can". The campaign is designed to encourage parents and caregivers to find creative ways to challenge and engage their kids to make healthy choices.

In the video "Dunk," a mom challenges her kids to be more physically active by attempting to, and finally succeeding in, dunking a basketball. "Juice" shows a father trying multiple combinations of fresh fruits and vegetables in a juicer in an attempt to find a combination that will appeal to his daughter.

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.

empowerME4Life – Teaching Healthy Living to Kids

empowerME4Life is an 8-session healthy living course designed to equip kids ages 8-12 with new attitudes, skills and knowledge about eating better and moving more – for life! empowerME4Life is designed for implementation in afterschool and community settings and to be facilitated by teens or adult allies.

The educational content and methods in the empowerME4Life course are aligned with the National Health Education Standards (and thus the South Dakota Health Education Standards) for fifth grade. empowerME4Life is based on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's five steps kids can take to live healthier:
• Get physically active for 60 minutes each day
• Drink primarily water, 1 percent or fat free milk, and 100 percent juice with no added sugars
• Eat fruits and vegetables with EVERY meal
• Cut back on screen time and limit it to 1-2 hours a day
• Get at least 9 hours of sleep every night

Click here to download the lesson plans and Facilitators Guide. For more information about the Alliance for a Healthier Generation contact Kari Senger, Healthy Schools Program Manager for South Dakota at kari.senger@healthiergeneration.org

BeTobaccoFree.gov Website Launched

Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of BeTobaccoFree.gov, a comprehensive website providing one-stop access to the best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies. This consolidated resource includes general information on tobacco, federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit. In addition it provides video clips of real life people dealing with the health effects of tobacco use.

“Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the United States,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “BeTobaccoFree.gov builds upon the Obama administration’s commitment to help tobacco users quit and prevent children from starting to use tobacco products.”

BeTobaccoFree.gov uses responsive design, making information accessible anywhere, anytime on any platform, from smart phone to tablet to desktop. The website’s unique social media dashboard, “Say it - Share it,” constantly provides real time updates from HHS tobacco related social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Infographics, Podcasts, and Tumblr.

State School Environmental Guidelines Released

School environments play an important role in the health and academic success of children. Children spend 90% of their time indoors and much of that time is spent in school. Unhealthy school environments can affect children’s health, attendance, concentration, and performance, as well as lead to expensive, time-consuming cleanup and remediation activities.

These voluntary guidelines recommend six steps that states can take to build or enhance a school environmental health program. The guidelines also include a model K-12 school environmental health program as a resource that states can customize and share with schools and school districts to help them establish, or enhance an existing, school environmental health program. The model program incorporates EPA’s unique school health programs such as Tools for Schools, ENERGY Star for K-12 Schools and others, to help schools and school districts begin or enhance a comprehensive school environmental health program.

To learn more about the guidelines, visit the website at epa.gov/schools

NASN also provides school staff with resources to maintain a healthy school environment.
Jan. 2013