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December 2016

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  Educator Feedback Sought on Proposed SD Health Education Standards

Ten committee members representing school districts, community agencies and the general public met July 27-28 to examine the current South Dakota Health Education Standards (SDHES) and Performance Indicators for pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

The proposed SDHES and Performance Indicators are available on the South Dakota Department of Education content standards webpage. Educators can provide feedback on the proposed standards and indicators by completing this survey.

  2016 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAP) recently released the 2016 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. An executive summary and a full report are available for download.

The NPAP provides evidence-based strategies and tactics that, if fully implemented, have the potential to substantially increase physical activity for children and youth in a variety of settings. Key recommendations from the report are as follows:

  • Schools should work to increase physical activity opportunities among youth and should be a key part of a national strategy to increase physical activity.
  • Preschool and childcare centers should enhance physical activity.
  • To advance efforts to increase physical activity among youth, key research gaps should be addressed.
  • Changes involving the built environment (such as safe outdoor and indoor recreation spaces) and similar sectors are promising, but need additional work.

  Ads Created to Promote Attendance Awareness

The South Dakota Department of Education has partnered with South Dakota Public Broadcasting to create several ads promoting attendance awareness. These ads are being used during all of the major High School Activities Association sports tournaments. School districts are encouraged to include them in their district's communications efforts. The filming was done on location at the Vermillion School District.


  Upcoming Training

The Northeast Prevention Resource Center (NEPRC) in Watertown has a list of upcoming training, events and campaigns in the November 2016 edition of their Prevention Newslink. Training topics include:

  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Students Against Destructive Driving (SADD)
Contact the NEPRC at 605-884-3516 for more information and to register.

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  Local School Wellness Policy Outreach Tool

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed a ready-to-go communication toolkit designed to engage school staff and parents in school wellness. The toolkit includes flyers, presentations, newsletter articles and social media posts for sharing news about a local school wellness policy. The materials can be personalized to make them specific to local school wellness policy activities.

Each local educational agency that participates in the National School Lunch Program or other federal Child Nutrition programs is required by federal law to establish a local school wellness policy for all schools under its jurisdiction. Click here for an overview of the requirements for a local wellness policy.

  New Resources from Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has released new resources to help keep students' brains and bodies active this school year.

Visit the America's Healthiest Schools page to access the materials in Spanish too.

  Resources from Midwest Dairy Council

The Midwest Dairy Council has resources and materials available to help teachers educate others about dairy farming and the dairy farm families who produce the milk and dairy foods they enjoy. The resources range from the interactive, cross-curricular, multi-leveled educational series of lessons on Discover Dairy to the Welcome to the Farm online experience.

  Outdoor Fun at GF&P Outdoor Campuses

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GF&P) Outdoor Campuses - West in Rapid City and East in Sioux Falls - offer a variety of programming for students of all ages. The programming aligns with South Dakota standards from several content areas with emphasis on outdoor conservation and recreation including fishing and hunting. Programming is offered Tuesday through Friday each week. Teachers can use the facilities utilizing their own programming if they schedule the time with GF&P to avoid a conflict in timing. "Critter crates" are also available for teachers to use in their classrooms.

For more information visit Outdoor Campus West or email Katie.Wiedrich@state.sd.us and Outdoor Campus East or email Shelly.Pierson@state.sd.us.

  Head Lice Resources

Head lice infestations are a common problem for children in childcare settings and schools. Anyone can get head lice. Head lice are not a health hazard or a sign of poor hygiene and are not responsible for the spread of any disease. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications are available for treatment of head lice infestations. More information about head lice can be found on the DOH website (note that lice are not a reportable condition).

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  Smarter Lunchrooms Movement Sub-grants

SDSU Extension - Team Nutrition is accepting applications for the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement sub-grant. Any South Dakota school district or organization that participates in the National School Lunch program and has a full lunchroom that serves students in grades 7-12 is eligible to receive the $1,000 sub-grant.

The grant application is simple to fill out because schools are not required to specify how they will spend the grant money at this time. If selected, schools will receive one-on-one technical assistance to help implement the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement in their school.

Click here to see video examples of how schools have used their grant funding to create Smarter Lunchrooms. If you would like to learn more about the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement contact Megan Jacobson at megan.jacobson@sdstate.edu.

  Presidential Youth Fitness Program Grants

Schools and districts that participate in the Presidential Youth Fitness Program can apply to receive additional resources to enhance program implementation. Eligible schools can select from up to $1,000 in resources including software and student recognition items. Let's Move! Active Schools that have completed a school assessment are eligible for double the amount of program support.

Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first-serve basis until funding is exhausted.

  South Dakota Team Nutrition Sub-grants

South Dakota Team Nutrition has the following sub-grants available to schools and agencies using any National School Lunch program (including breakfast, summer feeding, after school snacks).

  • The Power Chef Challenge sub-grant award is designed to promote nutrition education and culinary skills among middle school and junior high youth. Funds can be used to purchase food for food preparation lessons, printing of handouts and small equipment for kitchen stations. Amounts of funding include up to $350 for 10-15 students, $700 for 16-24 students, and $1,600 for 25+ students. Curriculum of eight sessions culminating in a cook-off challenge will be provided.

  • An enhancement to the Power Chef Challenge sub-grant is the optional Power Chef in the Cafeteria sub-grant. This component provides funds to conduct a community event informing caregivers about school lunch and breakfast programs. The event will include demonstrations by chefs or food professionals on culinary skills, followed by testing of one or more new food program recipes. This sub-grant allows up to $650 including support materials and help in locating chefs or professional cooks. The Power Chef in the Cafeteria event is recommended to pair with the kick-off or culmination of the Power Chef Challenge but is not required.
Download the application and submit via email to karlys.wells@sdstate.edu.


Karen Keyser
School Health Program
South Dakota Department of Education
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-220-6453
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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