New State Health Education Standards Released

South Dakota Health Education Standards are available for implementation. The Health Education Standards Revision Committee, comprised of K-12 and postsecondary educators, has been working on the project since summer of 2009. The committee reviewed the National Health Education Standards, which focus on teaching students how to become health literate by addressing the core concepts of nine different content areas. The committee recommended that South Dakota adopt the National Health Education Standards. The standards were approved by the Board of Education in September of 2010.

Freshmen beginning school in the fall of 2013 will be required to take one-half unit of health at any time in grades 6-12. School personnel can refer to the graduation requirements booklet for additional information or contact Coordinated School Health at 605-773-6808.

South Dakota Schools Walk-n-Roll

Coordinated School Health in the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health promotes the South Dakota Schools Walk-n-Roll program as a means of fighting childhood obesity by motivating young people to increase their level of physical activity. While South Dakota Schools Walk-n-Roll is designed for students in grades K-6, students of all ages and all programs may participate. After school programs and other youth organizations are also encouraged to participate.

By taking part in the South Dakota Schools Walk and Roll program, schools and others can work to create healthier and more physically active communities. South Dakota Schools Walk-n-Roll program makes it easy for teachers and program coordinators to enhance learning readiness and self esteem - two key elements in children's academic achievement and promoting fitness. Teachers, after school program coordinators and youth organization leaders can register for the South Dakota Schools Walk-n-Roll program and the accompanying “Mileage Club Incentive Packet” by clicking here.

Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition
-Inspired Recipes to be Part of School Meal Enhancements Nationwide

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack has announced the recipes chosen to advance in First Lady Michelle Obama's Recipes for Healthy Kids competition and encouraged the public to vote for their favorite recipe now through May 15, 2011. USDA and the First Lady launched the Recipes for Healthy Kids competition last September, challenging teams of school nutrition professionals, chefs, students, and community members to develop creative, nutritious, and kid-approved recipes that schools can easily incorporate into National School Lunch Program menus.

"Recipes for Healthy Kids draws on America's culinary creativity and expertise to improve school meals with kid-inspired recipes," said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. "We know that to win the future, we have to ensure that we inspire innovation, raise graduation rates, and ultimately out-educate our global competitors, and we can only do that if our kids have access to nutritious meals and healthy lifestyles."

For a complete list and to vote on your favorite recipe, visit the Recipes for Healthy Kids website at: http://www.recipesforkidschallenge.com.

Connection between Oral Health and Ability to Learn

Children’s oral health has a direct impact on their ability to learn. Early tooth loss results in impaired speech development, absence from and inability to concentrate in school, failure to thrive and reduced self-esteem. Poor oral health is connected to lower school performance, poor social relationships and less success later in life.

Children experiencing tooth aches are distracted and unlikely to score well on tests; however, they are also often unable to communicate their pain--even if a teacher notices them having difficulties in class. Some of the side effects of pain are anxiety, fatigue, irritability, depression, and withdrawal from normal activities.

Children’s school attendance and performance improve when their dental problems are treated, and they are no longer in pain. If children are in pain from toothaches, they are not able to concentrate and focus on the material in class. If they continuously miss school due to dental concerns, they are more likely to fall behind. Emphasizing the ‘brush, floss, rinse, chew’ method can help children get into a routine of dental care.

Upcoming Events

Opening Up the Schoolyard April 28, 2011

In many communities, the safest and most convenient places for children to play are school facilities like gyms, sports fields, and playgrounds – but districts often close their property to the public after hours due to concerns about liability, security, and maintenance. Learn how to create contracts that expand access to school grounds with schools, local government, and even nonprofits sharing the costs and responsibilities. Register now for this webinar.

The Reality Party Training for Parents Home Tour - May 3, 2011

Miller Coordinated School Health and the Miller Underage Drinking Task force would like to invite school and community leaders across South Dakota to learn more about The REALITY PARTY FOR PARENTS – HOME TOUR. Reality Parties have been a powerful way to engage parents and bring media attention to the issues of underage and binge drinking. Reality parties were created to expose the culture of teen parties and alcohol use to parents in a specifically local and detailed way, and to allow youth to voice their concerns and suggestions for change to parents and other caring adults in their own community. Some causes pursued in the past by teen leaders include social hosting ordinances. This may be a great addition to your own school’s prevention program(s) such as TATU, Improv, or SADD.

To attend REALITY PARTY TRAINING, please contact Courtney Bertsch by April 21, 2011. Depending on response, space may be limited, so sign up today! Also, please share this email with any other adults you feel may be interested in partaking in this opportunity.

Training will be held from 8:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday beginning at the Miller High School Theatre. There will be no cost for attendance.

Further information on this exciting program can be found at http://www.straightupvc.org/realityparties/.

We Can! – Workshop July 12-13, 2011

The We Can! program (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute will be offering a 15 hour workshop for 2-5 member teams on July 12-13 in Chamberlain. Schools, after school programs, and child feeding agencies can receive extensive free curriculum.

• SPARKS (evidence-based Physical Education, After School, Early Childhood, and Coordinated School Health programs)
• S.M.A.R.T. (Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television)
• Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!
• CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health)

Teams, made up of school representatives, a parent, and a community agency representative, will have the opportunity to write for an additional $2000 grant to evaluate their site’s nutrition environment and make changes to create a healthier nutrition and physical activity environment in their community at the workshop. All expenses will be paid for up to 5 team members. Participating teams must sponsor two activities in the next year as proof of implementation. The mini-grant funds can be used to conduct training for other staff members, plan curriculum implementation using stipends for summer hours, assess the nutrition environment and plan changes. Download Application - Deadline: April 30, 2011. Click here for more information on We Can!

For information about Team Nutrition, Training Activities and Grants contact Mary C. Kirk - Team Nutrition Coordinator, 605-773-4718 or Karlys Wells - Extension Assistant, 605-688-4039.


Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant Application Due May 13

The purpose of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant is to help local educational agencies (LEAs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs that help students in kindergarten through 12th grade meet their state standards for physical education.

The absolute priority for this program requires that an applicant propose a program that will address its state’s physical education standards and develop, expand, or improve its physical education program for students, kindergarten through grade 12 by undertaking instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition and at least one of the authorized physical fitness activities.

Preference priority will be given to applicants that agree to implement aggregate BMI data collection, and use it as part of a comprehensive assessment of health and fitness for the purposes of monitoring the weight status of their student population across time.

Competitive preference priority will be given to an applicant that includes in its application an agreement that details the participation of required partners.

Application Deadline Date: May 13, 2011


Health Career Exploration for High School Students Tell South Dakota students about the opportunity to experience a wide variety of health careers through hands-on activities and discussions at free, one-day, Scrubs Camps. To learn more click here.

President’s Challenge Has Motivated Millions of People to Get Fit

The President’s Challenge is for everyone – fitness beginners, weekend warriors, athletes, physical education teachers, and kids. These challenges are designed to help improve everyone’s activity level, whether they are young or old. It’s about choosing to live healthier and finding things you really like to do. To choose a challenge click here.

Free On-Line Violence Prevention Course

CDC is helping the nation prevent violence with a free on-line course called Principles of Prevention. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The course offers continuing education credits, teaches key concepts of primary prevention, the public health approach, and the social-ecological model. Participants complete interactive exercises to learn to help prevent five types of violence:

• Child abuse and neglect
• Intimate partner violence
• Sexual violence
• Suicide
• Youth violence

The course is designed for those working to stop violence from ever happening. It helps professionals move from the problem to the solution. This course teaches the fundamentals of effective violence prevention methods and incorporates the growing body of research on what works.

The course includes:
• Interviews with leading experts in the field
• Dynamic graphics
• Interactive exercises
• Compelling storytelling that makes the case for violence prevention

The course is available at www.vetoviolence.org/pop. For additional information on Principles of Prevention, contact Jennifer Middlebrooks.

Success Stories

Using Literature to Teach Health Was a Success A wide variety of teachers attended Using Literature to Teach Health in Huron. “Thank you for making this learning opportunity enjoyable and very worthwhile.” “I would love to see more workshops like this!” These are just a few of the things participants had to say about the training.

It was hosted by Coordinated School Health and facilitated by Sandy Klarenbeek MS, Certified Health Education Specialist from Black Hills State University. Participants learned how to describe the South Dakota Health Education Standards and align literature with health content and health skill standards. They learned how to effectively facilitate classroom discussion using literature to teach health and developed skills for assessing student work. Participants received the South Dakota Health Education Standards book, A Teacher’s Guide to a HEAP of Books along with The Eagle Book Series on DVD and $250 worth of books. Participants could choose the books that were appropriate for the students in their classes.

For more information about this training contact Sandy Klarenbeek.

SD Schools Use Technology to Battle Bullies Lead-Deadwood school officials are using technology to battle bullies. The South Dakota school district has set up a hotline that students and parents can call to report bullying. The message is converted into an instantaneous e-mail to the school superintendent and the school resource officer.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the system operates through the same program that alerts parents when school is delayed or closed. The bullying hotline has been used about a dozen times since it was set up December 1, 2010. The Belle Fourche school district has since set up a similar program.

Aberdeen Selected One of America’s Promise 100 Best Communities Aberdeen was selected by America's Promise Alliance as one of the 100 Best Communities of Promise for children and youth for 2010. More information is available on the America's Promise website.