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Coordinated School Health Offers Trainings

Raising the Standards: A Skills-based Approach to Health Education – February 21-22, 2011, in White River, SD. The training is designed to provide teachers specific competencies and skills to transform traditional Health Education lessons into engaging, 21st Century Skills-based lessons, and to use assessment as motivation for learning as well as assessment of learning. Elementary, middle school and high school teachers responsible for health education in their school districts are encouraged to attend.
See http://sdesa6.org/content/docs/022111training.pdf for detailed information.
To register for the training, go to https://apps.sd.gov/Applications/DE49TrnTracker/Secure/AvailableClasses.aspx.

Using Literature to Teach Health - Coordinated School Health will be hosting training on March 14-15, 2011 in Huron, SD titled: Using Literature to Teach Health. The training is designed to help teachers make connections between the health knowledge and skills their students should achieve in order to become health literate and the books they integrate into their daily lessons on reading and writing. Elementary, middle school and high school teachers responsible for health education in their school districts are encouraged to attend.
See the flier for detailed information.
To register for the training, go to https://apps.sd.gov/Applications/DE49TrnTracker/Secure/AvailableClasses.aspx.

HIV/AIDS Education 101 Teacher Training will be held March 3, 2011 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Ramada in Mitchell, SD. Learn exciting teaching techniques and activities to implement in your classroom. Guest speaker Carrie Black will move you through her experiences with HIV/AIDS. All teachers, school staff, and counselors are highly recommended to attend.
Go to https://apps.sd.gov/Applications/DE49TrnTracker/Secure/AvailableClasses.aspx to register, or contact Amy Beshara (amy.beshara@state.sd.us) for more information at (605) 773-6898.




USDA Issues Proposed Rule to Improve School Meals

In the January 13, 2011, Federal Register the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a proposed rule to improve nutrition standards for meals served through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

The proposed rule, Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, would increase fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat milk availability at school and limit the amount of saturated fat, sodium, calories, and trans fats in school meals. The proposed requirements are based on recommendations in an October 2009 Institute of Medicine report, School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children.

Other requirements may be found in the proposed rule: (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-01-13/pdf/2011-485.pdf) Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. USDA is soliciting input on the proposed rule until April 2011.




Through With Chew Week

February 20-26 is Through With Chew Week, with the Great American Spit Out day occurring on Thursday, February 24, 2011.

The 2011 Through With Chew Week Toolkit is now available at http://www.throughwithchew.com/cms_uploaded/pdfs/TWCWToolkitWeb10_REV.pdf. This toolkit was designed to help tobacco prevention and control professionals conduct a successful Through With Chew Week and Great American Spit Out. It contains background information, as well as forms, sample resolutions, and youth, community and faith-based activities.

For more information on the services and products available to you in your efforts to be tobacco free, please call the SD Quitline at 1-866-SD-Quits. (1-866-737-8487)




Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program

The Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program may be in an area near you! This Mobile Dental Program helps children access dental care. Almost every day, Delta Dental's mobile dental staff sees a child who is in pain because of untreated dental disease. In 2004 Delta Dental of South Dakota, through funding from the Delta Dental Philanthropic Fund, partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities to begin operating the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a dental office on wheels, to provide restorative and preventive dental care to underserved children across South Dakota.

The strong demand for the Care Mobile prompted Delta Dental to expand the mobile dental program with the addition of a 2nd truck - the Smile Mobile. Both the Care Mobile and the new Smile Mobile now operate under the program name Delta Dental's Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program. Click 2011 Dakota Smiles Schedule to find out when it will be visiting a community near you. For more information, go to http://doh.sd.gov/oralhealth/.




KIDS SPEAK 2011 Applicants Being Sought

Teens across the state are invited to apply as speakers for the 2011 KIDS SPEAK public forum. Sponsored by South Dakota Voices for Children, the event will feature seven students who have been selected to speak to a panel of public officials and community leaders. The forum is set for 10 a.m. CDT Friday, April 29 at the Sioux Falls Best Western Ramkota Hotel.

The topic for KIDS SPEAK 2011 is: “How can policy (including implementation, education and enforcement) help South Dakota youth avoid the lasting effects of tobacco, drugs and alcohol?” (Background: Schools across South Dakota have adopted tobacco policies. This KIDS SPEAK topic invites youth to propose ways to strengthen the effectiveness of these policies and others at the community, state and/or federal level.)

Speakers will tailor a 10-minute presentation to that topic. Mileage and lodging will be paid for those students chosen to speak. Complete information is posted on the South Dakota Voices for Children Web site: www.sdvoicesforchildren.org. It is also available by e-mail at office@sdvoicesforchildren.org or by calling 605 367-9667.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 11 or returned the same date in person or by fax (typewritten applications only) to 605 335-3836. Statewide representation and topic focus will be considered in the selection of speakers. Applicants will be notified 30 days in advance of the event.

Funding for KIDS SPEAK is provided by Coordinated School Health, a collaborative partnership between the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health.

The mission of South Dakota Voices for Children is to improve the lives of children through policy and program advocacy. For more information contact Betsy Rice, communications specialist at (605) 367-9667 or betsyr@sdvoicesforchildren.org.




Upcoming Events

Raising the Standards: A Skills-based Approach to Health
February 21-22, White River


Raising the Standards: A Skills-based Approach to Health Education is designed to provide teachers specific competencies and skills to transform traditional Health Education lessons into engaging, 21st Century Skills-based lessons, and to use assessment as motivation for learning as well as assessment of learning.

See the training flyer for detailed information. Elementary, middle school and high school teachers responsible for health education in their school districts are encouraged to attend.

Go to http://sdesa6.org/content/docs/022111training.pdf to view the training flyer for details.
To register for the training, go to https://apps.sd.gov/Applications/DE49TrnTracker/Secure/AvailableClasses.aspx.




Using Literature to Teach Health
March 14-15, Huron


Coordinated School Health will be hosting training designed to help teachers make connections between the health knowledge and skills their students should achieve in order to become health literate and the books they integrate into daily lessons on reading and writing.

Elementary, middle school and high school teachers responsible for health education in their school districts are encouraged to attend.

See the training flier for detailed information. To register for the training, go to https://apps.sd.gov/Applications/DE49TrnTracker/Secure/AvailableClasses.aspx.




HIV/AIDS Education 101 Teacher Training
March 3, Mitchell


HIV/AIDS Education 101 Teacher Training will be held March 3, 2011 from 9am-4pm at the Ramada in Mitchell, SD. Learn exciting teaching techniques and activities to implement in your classroom. Guest speaker Carrie Black will move you through her experiences with HIV/AIDS. All teachers, school staff, and counselors are highly recommended to attend.

Go to https://apps.sd.gov/Applications/DE49TrnTracker/Secure/AvailableClasses.aspx to register, or contact Amy Beshara for more information at (605) 773-6898 or amy.beshara@state.sd.us.




Healthier US School Challenge Training
February 9, Sioux Falls


Healthier US School Challenge training will be available for food service managers and food service staff on Feb. 9, 2011 on the Augustana College campus in Sioux Falls. The cost is free, but a minimum of 20 participants must be registered in order to offer the class. Participants should bring a copy of the menus being considered for submission.

To register for the HUSSC Training go to http://doe.sd.gov/cans/nbulletin/2011/Jan/documents/RegForm.pdf.




Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute
March 29-30, Fort Pierre


The South Dakota Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program is sponsoring the 2011 Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute March 29-30, 2011. The workshop will be held at the AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Fort Pierre, SD. Key topics include Tobacco 101, Smoke Free vs. Tobacco Free, Youth Engagement, Policy Work, and Lobbying vs. Advocacy, Coalition Involvement and Strengthening Partnerships. Scholarships are available for lodging and per diem.

Click here to download registrations form. Registration closes March 16, 2011.




National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event
March 10, Sioux Falls


National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event on March 10, 2011 is being held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 909 W. 33rd St. Sioux Falls, SD from 10:00am - 4:00pm

National speaker Jane P. Fowler has shared her story on ABC, CNN, Oprah, and a variety of other national shows and magazines. Fowler was a journalist for 30 years before serving as an HIV/AIDS prevention specialist. The 76-year-old has founded HIV Wisdom for Older Women in 2002 and has helped found the National Association on HIV Over Fifty and the U.S. Positive Women's Network.

Separate adult and youth tracks will occur in the afternoon breakout sessions.

While this event is free, registration is required. Contact Michelle Majeres (m.majeres@voa-dakotas.org), SE Prevention Resource Center, PO Box 89306, Sioux Falls, SD 57109-9306. Call 605-335-6474, press 2, with questions.

Click here to download registration form.




WeCAN! Training
July 12-13, Chamberlain


The WeCAN! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition) program from the National Heat, Lung, and Blood Institute will be offering a 15 hour workshop for 3-5 member teams on July 12-13, 2011 in Chamberlain. Schools, after school programs, and child feeding agencies will receive free curriculum and extensive training to create healthier environments. All expenses will be paid for up to 5 team members. Schools and agencies can receive four different curricula at no charge.
• S.M.A.R.T. (Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television)
• Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active
• Catch Kids Club
• SPARKS

At the workshop teams will have the opportunity to write for an additional $2,000 grant to evaluate their site’s nutrition environment and make changes to create a healthier nutrition and physical activity environment in their community. 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. Community team should include school/agency representatives, parents and community members.

For more information on applying for the WeCAN! training and implementation mini grants contact Mary Kirk, Team Nutrition Coordination with the South Dakota Department of Edcation, (605) 773-4718 or mary.kirk@state.sd.us.

Go to http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/index.htm for more information on WeCAN!




Funding




Healthy Living Innovation Awards

The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced an upcoming opportunity for communities, employers, schools, health care delivery organizations, non-profit organizations, and local and state government agencies to gain recognition for their innovative health promotion efforts. To accept nominations for the Healthy Living Innovation Awards go to http://www.hhs.gov/secretary/about/healthyliving.




Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program

The Rural Automated External Defibrillator grant program is for regional access to automated external defibrillator not just for one or two units. Areas are encouraged to collaborate with all the adjoining rural areas to purchase, train the public and Emergency Medical Systems providers and place AEDs in all places where the public gather such as schools, parks, large stores, churches, courthouses, jails, etc. This program is provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Applications are due February 28, 2011.

To apply go to www.grants.gov and search for Funding Opportunity Announcement HRSA-11-088.




Grants Available to Fund After-School Programs

Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Center grants in South Dakota are now available online. The centers provide students with academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement the students’ regular school instruction.

Grant awards range from $50,000 to $150,000 a year; the life of the grants is five years. While funds are often awarded to schools, other organizations may also apply. The grants must specifically support programs offered outside of school hours.

Grant applications must be submitted to the South Dakota Department of Education by Feb. 18, 2011.

Go to http://www.doe.sd.gov/oatq/21cent.asp for more information about the funding opportunity, including a grant application form, webinar schedule and registration, or contact Jill Cotton at (605) 773-4693 or jill.cotton@state.sd.us.




The Wellmark Foundation Offering Two Grant Funding Cycles in 2011

The Wellmark Foundation is offering two grant funding cycles in 2011. Both grant cycles will invite and support projects across Iowa and South Dakota in the areas of childhood obesity prevention and community-based wellness and prevention.

The initial Healthy Communities Grant Program Request for Proposals will seek to support smaller projects (under $25,000 per grant) and will have a deadline of April 12, 2011. The second will support larger initiatives (up to $150,000 per grant) with a deadline of August 2, 2011.

Each cycle will again utilize a "Letter of Interest" as the initial application step. Guidance on each application process and the required elements of the Letter of Interest is outlined in the attached RFP documents.

An optional toll-free teleconference call will be offered from 10-11:30 a.m. on February 23, 2011 to more fully discuss both funding opportunities for 2011 and allow for applicants to ask questions related to each funding stream. Specific teleconference call-in numbers are offered below (no pre-registration required):

Teleconference Call-in Number: 888-673-9809
Participant Pass Code: 5871837

Go to www.wellmark.com/foundation for additional application materials.




Resources

Children in Nature Backpack Grant - South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor recreation is an essential component of our well-being, and has the ability to improve your health and build the human spirit. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks seek to encourage outdoor play and recreation through participation in the nationwide Children in Nature initiative.

As part of the initiative, the department developed the Backpack Grant program. The program provides resources and ideas to encourage outdoor exploration and discovery by preschool-age children in a child care or school setting.

Go to https://www.state.sd.us/eforms/secure/eforms/E2122v1-BackpackGrant.pdf for more information.




Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) help school districts, schools, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards (http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/SHER/standards/index.htm) and CDC’s Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curricula (http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/SHER/characteristics/index.htm).

The HECAT results can help schools select or develop appropriate and effective health education curricula and improve the delivery of health education. The HECAT can be customized to meet local community needs and conform to the curriculum requirements of the state or school district.

Go to http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/HECAT/ to access the HECAT.




Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool

The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) may be used to address state and local standards. The results from the analysis can help school districts enhance existing curricula, develop their own curricula, or select a published curriculum, for the delivery of quality physical education in schools.

Go to http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/pecat/pdf/PECAT.pdf to download the PECAT.