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January 2017

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HEADLINES _____________________

  New Report on School Meal Programs

Findings from a nationally representative survey of school food service directors identify approaches that have encouraged children to eat school meals and improved their consumption of healthy options during the multiyear transition to updated nutrition standards.

The following are key messages found in the report, School Meal Programs Innovate to Improve Student Nutrition:

1. School meal programs are more successful through creative strategies to ensure that students have consistently nutritious choices and involve kids in the development of healthier menus.
2. The most successful school meal programs use a mix of strategies - in the cafeteria and beyond - to improve the appeal of healthier foods, invite students' input and provide more convenient service.
3. Many school nutrition directors got ahead of the curve in switching to healthier snack foods and drinks. Much of the remaining work will require changes supported and even led by administrators, teachers and parents.
4. Educators, community leaders, policymakers and parents can work with nutrition directors to find the right mix of strategies to help students eat well and establish healthy habits.

  SHAPE SD Announces 2016 Teacher Award Winners

Six individuals were recognized for outstanding teaching in health and physical education at the SHAPE SD Convention held October 26-28, 2016 in Deadwood. The honorees include:

  • Nikki Heinz - Yankton School District
    Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year
  • Stacy Anderson - Madison School District
    Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year
  • Vonda Bjorklund - Brookings School District
    Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year
  • Patty Jorgenson - Brookings School District
    Health Education Teacher of the Year
  • Kim Kuefler - St. Francis Indian School
    New Professional of the Year
  • Dr. Patty Hacker - South Dakota State University
    Honor Award

SHAPE SD (Society for Health And Physical Educators of South Dakota) is a group of professionals collaborating to combat the obesity crisis by increasing lifelong physical activity and promoting healthy living.

  New Model - Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child framework (WSCC)

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child framework (WSCC) helps schools and their districts identify and share core health strategies to help prevent and alleviate the effects of chronic absenteeism. Building a common understanding of the ways in which education and health go hand in hand is essential to improved outcomes for students. Click here for additional information.


  Workshops on Implementing the South Dakota Physical Education Standards - April 2017

The School Health Program in the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health will offer workshops on Implementing the South Dakota Standards and Grade-level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education on the following dates. View the South Dakota Standards and Grade-level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education here.

  • 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 for the Elementary Level (grades K-5)
  • 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April, 27, 2017 for the Secondary Level (grades 6-8 and 9-12)
The workshops will be held at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, on both days. Participants may attend one or both workshops with a limit of 40 participants per workshop. Participants are responsible for all expenses associated with attending the workshop(s). Lunch, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase on-site.

Click here for more details and to register. Contact Karen.keyser@state.sd.us for additional assistance.

  Upcoming Trainings through the NEPRC

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

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

  Tobacco Control Institute in March 2017

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 14, 2017 and make plans to attend the Spring 2017 Tobacco Control Institute at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma, SD!

For additional information, contact Roshal Rossman at roshalf@humanserviceangency.org.

Visit www.befreesd.com for more information - online registration will be posted soon!

RESOURCES _______________________

  "Sleep Recharges You" High School Toolkit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and other National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project partners promote the use of the Sleep Recharges You: High School Toolkit to raise sleep awareness among students. Download a lesson plan or classroom activity and a FREE school poster to help get started. Teen students can enter the "Sleep Recharges You" High School Video Contest, which offers a first-place prize of $1,000.

  KidsGarden News

KidsGarden News is a monthly e-newsletter offering thematic lesson plans, activities ideas, seasonal gardening tips, garden program spotlights and news about grant and teacher training opportunities.

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FUNDING _____________________

  21st CCLC Grant Funding - Intent to Apply Due

The Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) funding and the guidelines for filling out the application are now available on the South Dakota Department of Education's (SD DOE) 21st CCLC website.

The Notice of Intent to Apply is due to SD DOE by January 13, 2017. Applicants will then receive the information needed to access the online application system. The deadline to apply is March 3, 2017. No paper applications will be accepted. Click here to read the full press release.

  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 $1000 sub-grant.

The grant application is simple to fill out and 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.

  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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