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March 2014

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  USDA Publishes Proposed Rule for Local School Wellness Policies

First Lady Michele Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced new proposed standards for local school wellness policies (LWPs).

In addition to other requirements for LWPs, the proposed rule includes a requirement that local education agencies (LEAs) develop policies that allow marketing of only those foods and beverages that may be sold on the school campus during the school day (i.e., foods and beverages that meet requirements set forth in the Smart Snacks interim rule) or the more restrictive standards adopted by the LEA, if applicable.

The new proposed rule for the wellness policies is available on the Federal Register website. USDA will issue a final rule for wellness policies at a later date.

Click here to see a comparison chart (developed by CDC) of Local School Wellness Policy 2004 Requirements & the 2014 proposed requirements currently being reviewed by USDA. This document also includes key resources and guidance for states, LEAs, and schools working to revise and implement local school wellness policies.

  It Starts With School Breakfast! Campaign

Kids who eat breakfast tend to do better in school, especially when paired with at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. That was the message emphasized to Brandon Valley School District's Robert Bennis Elementary School kids and their parents, when former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Ben Leber spoke at an event. Click here to read the full article.

Check out some fun and easy ways you and your school can join the Midwest Dairy Association and the Fuel Up To Play 60 "It Starts with School Breakfast! Campaign".

Get the flyer here.

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USDA's "Smart Snacks in Schools" Nutrition Standards - Webinar

Wednesday, March 19, 1:00 p.m. CST

The School Nutrition Association (SNA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Child Nutrition Programs, will host a free webinar on nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools outside of a reimbursable meal, known as the Smart Snacks in Schools standards. Participants will be given an overview of nutrition standards for foods and beverages, hear about common questions asked, and receive information about available technical assistance resources. Click here to register.

  Healthy Kids = Smart Kids: What You Can Do - Webinar

Wednesday, March 19, 3:00 p.m. CST

Action for Healthy Kids, The National Dairy Council and GENYOUth will host a free webinar on the latest research connecting health and academics. Research tells us that fit and healthy children perform better in the classroom, but it's a challenge to find ways to keep kids healthy when so much of our culture isn't. Participants will learn ways that they can play a part in shaping a healthier school community. Be sure to download copies of The Learning Connection: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Kids are Healthy and Ready to Learn and The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success Through Healthy School Environments.

Click here to register.

  Build Physical Activity Leaders in Your School

The Physical Activity Leader (PAL) Learning System is a professional development resource within Let's Move! Active Schools. The 12-month PAL Learning System is a dynamic, action-focused initiative that prepares and motivates individuals to create action plans tailored to their respective school settings.

Beginning with a seven-hour in-person PAL training, the educational system is complemented by a resource-rich online learning community where PALs can continue the conversation and receive support, even after completing training.

School leaders across the country are encouraged to take advantage of this fabulous opportunity to offer these skill-building leadership workshops for their Let's Move! Active Schools physical activity champions.

  Spring 2014 Tobacco Prevention Institute

As a reminder to those who are registered, the Spring 2014 Tobacco Prevention Institute will be held on March 25 at the King's Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Pierre. Key topic areas will include advancing public policy, emerging tobacco products, post-secondary tobacco prevention toolkit, and SD QuitLine.

Contact Roshal Rossman at (605) 884-3538 with questions as the registration deadline was Monday, March 10, 2014.

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  JAM School Program

The JAM (Just-a-Minute) School Program is a free physical activity and health education resource that promotes activity in the classroom. JAM is designed to teach kids (adults too!) healthier lifestyle habits and get them moving.

JAM resources offer a weekly one-minute exercise routine called JAMmin' Minute®, a more extensive routine called JAM Blast®, and a monthly health newsletter called Health-E-tips.

Sign up for the newsletter and access some easy routines to get moving.

  New! Smart Snacks Calculator

Take the guesswork out of nutrition guidelines with the new Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snacks Product Calculator! Simply enter the product information, answer a few questions, and determine whether your snack, side or entrée item meets the new USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines. You can also add a link to the Product Calculator to your website.

  CDC Study: Youth Perceptions about Energy Drinks

A recent CDC study shows that more health promotion efforts may be needed to educate young people about the potential health dangers of consuming energy drinks. Energy drinks contain caffeine that ranges from 50 mg to 500 mg per can or bottle (compared with the average can of cola that has 35 mg), as well as other ingredients aimed at boosting energy. When used in excess, they can cause health problems such as elevated blood pressure and dehydration because of their high caffeine content. The American Academy of Pediatrics in 2011 recommended against energy drink intake for adolescents due to possible adverse health effects.

The study, "Perceptions About Energy Drinks Are Associated with Energy Drink Intake Among US Youth," is available online in the American Journal of Health Promotion. It looks at factors associated with energy drink consumption among young people and the relationship between what young people perceive about energy drinks and their energy drink consumption.

For more information:
• Watch the CDC Podcast: Excessive Consumption of Energy Drinks for more information on energy drink consumption
CDC Overweight and Obesity

  How Over-the-Counter Medications Can Affect Your Oral Health - a Guide from the American Dental Association

Students who visit the nurse's office may be taking over-the-counter or prescription liquid medications for cold symptoms. These contain sucrose to improve the taste, but this increases the risk for tooth decay. Encourage students to brush their teeth or rinse with water after taking these medications. Learn more.

  "DRINK UP" With More Water, a Nationwide Campaign

Drink Up encourages everyone to drink more water, an easy choice to improve health and well-being. Learn More at Drink Up - Water: You Are What You Drink.

  Idle Free School Zone Toolkit

The Idle Free Schools Toolkit includes everything a school needs to institute this simple idling reduction campaign. Schools can use the materials and follow the recommended schedule as written or can implement an idling reduction campaign of their own, using the materials that fit with the school's desires and capabilities. Click here to access the toolkit.

  Promote the HPV Vaccine to Prevent Cancer

Immunization rates for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, currently recommended for all pre-teens 11 and 12 years of age, are currently stagnant. School nurses play an important role in ensuring adolescent students are up-to-date with immunizations, including the HPV vaccine. Reference the following resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics and NASN for additional information:

Learn more about the HPV vaccine.
Get information about adolescent vaccines in general.
Participate in NASN's HPV Vaccine online learning module.

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  School Grants for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids welcomes schools to apply for 2014-15 School Grants for Healthy Kids. The grants are funded by CSX Transportation, Kellogg Company, Kellogg's Corporate Citizenship Fund (and more!) and will range from $500 to $5,000. The funding is designed to help schools create or expand school breakfast programs, pilot universal breakfast programs or enhance their physical activity programs. ALL STATES are eligible to apply for the School Breakfast Program Pilot and/or Expansion. Selected states are eligible to apply for the Universal School Breakfast Pilot.

Interested schools are invited to attend a webinar on Thursday, March 20, 2014, 2:00-3:00 p.m. CST to learn more about the available grant opportunities for 2014-15 and receive tips for applying. REGISTER NOW!


Karen Keyser
School Health Program
South Dakota Department of Education
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-773-6808
Julie Ellingson
School Health Program
South Dakota Department of Health
615 East 4th Street
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-773-7150


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