Number of Overweight South Dakota Students Remains High

The percentage of South Dakota students who are overweight or obese was still at a high rate in the state’s latest school height and weight survey. For the 2009-2010 school year, 32.7% of the students were said to be overweight or obese. The rate in the 2008-2009 school year showed the number at 33.6%. Kristin Biskeborn, State Nutritionist for the Department of Health, says it’s encouraging that the percentage of overweight students didn’t increase, but the fact that it is unchanged means there’s lots of work to do to cut child obesity and health risks for our youth. The Departments of Health and Education work together to conduct the annual South Dakota School Height Weight Report to track child overweight and obesity rates. The full report, including strategies for schools and communities, is available on the Department of Health’s website at http://doh.sd.gov/SchoolWeight

Expanded Coordinated School Health Website from DASH

CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) has launched an expanded website about Coordinated School Health (CSH). The website provides answers to frequently asked questions about CSH, key goals, a model framework for planning, strategies for implementing and evaluating a coordinated approach to school health, fact sheets on the status of school health programs and policies, and more. Check it out at http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/cshp.

Oral Health Survey Report

The South Dakota Oral Health Survey 2010 report is now available. Volunteer dentists conducted dental screenings for 570 third graders in 30 randomly selected elementary schools in March and April of 2010 to check for the presence of decay, fillings, sealants, and the urgency of dental care.

The survey found that dental decay is a significant public health problem for South Dakota children:
• 62% of children screened had cavities and/or fillings (decay experience);
• 29% of children had untreated dental decay (cavities);
• 8% were in need of urgent dental care because of pain or infection;
• 55% of third graders had dental sealants applied to their teeth.

Children that visited the dentist in the last year had better oral health than those that did not visit a dentist in the last year.

The Healthy People 2010 objectives call for a reduction in the percent of children who have dental caries experience to 42% and a reduction in the percent of children with untreated dental decay to 21%. South Dakota has not met these objectives but has exceeded the Healthy People 2010 objective of 50% with dental sealants.

While there has been an increase in the number of children having dental sealants, the high number of children with a history of dental caries indicates that even with the preventive application of sealants, other measures such as oral health education, dietary changes, regular brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits are still needed to reduce the burden of tooth decay in children.

A limited number of hard copies are available upon request, and the report is accessible on the Oral Health Program website at http://doh.sd.gov/oralhealth. For more information, contact Julie Ellingson, Oral Health Coordinator, at 773-7150.

Upcoming Events

Children and Deployment: Ready, Set, Go! Training Webinar – January 20, 2011

SD Operation Military Kids is sponsoring the Ready, Set, Go! Training webinar on January 20, 2011 10am CST/9am MST. During this 60 minute webinar, discussion will be focused on:
• Unique issues facing "suddenly military" youth
• The deployment cycle
• Fostering resiliency
• Providing support for children and youth

To register for this webinar, click here.

Healthier US School Challenge Training – February 9, 2011

Can your school qualify for a Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) Award?

• Does your school provide a healthy school environment?
• Do your school meals meet the Dietary Guidelines?
• Do students have opportunities for be physically active and to learn about nutrition?
• Are you a Team Nutrition School?

If you answered “Yes” to the questions above, then you are on your way to qualifying for an award.

To help schools learn more about qualifying for the award, Child and Adult Nutrition Services has arranged for The National Food Service Management Institute provide a 6 hour training that will answer all your questions and help you to apply for the HUSSC.

HUSSC Training will be held 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 class. Make sure to bring a copy of the menus you are considering submitting for the challenge.

To register for the HUSSC Training, click here.

Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute - March 29-30, 2011

The South Dakota Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program encourages you to make plans to attend the 2011 Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute March 29th & 30th, 2011. The workshop will be held at the AmericInn Lodge & Suites in Fort Pierre, SD. Planned topics will include policy work, youth engagement strategies, coalition involvement and strengthening partnerships. A limited number of scholarships will be available.

Adolescent Sexual Health Conference - May 4-5, 2011

South Dakota Coordinated School Health is teaming up with North Dakota and Minnesota to provide this conference for teachers, school staff, administrators, and pre-service teachers. Three national speakers will focus on policy, curriculum and instruction for teachers, cultural diversity, as well as up to date HIV information. The Adolescent Sexual Health Conference will be held May 4-5 in Fargo, ND. For more information contact HIV Coordinator, Amy Beshara at 773-6898.

Child Nutrition Institute – June 19-24, 2011

The 47th annual South Dakota Child Nutrition Institute will be held June 19-June 24, 2011 in Sioux Falls at the Augustana College campus. Registration information will begin arriving in school mailboxes on/around February 1st. An online registration option will be available this year.

All tracks are 5-day courses and qualify for continuing education credits from the School Nutrition Association. Each track has a size limit and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Track descriptions and options will be available in February.

Team Nutrition Sponsors WE CAN! Training – July 12-13, 2011

South Dakota Team Nutrition is launching Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition! (WE CAN!), a fast growing national movement of families and communities coming together to promote healthy weight in children ages 8-13 through improved food choices, increased physical activity, and reduced screen time. WE CAN! reaches parents and caregivers with educational materials and community programs to encourage healthy eating, increase physical activity and reduce sedentary time.

Free training will be offered to teams representing the local school, parents, and community programs. The teams attending training will be able to apply for a mini grant to implement the WE CAN! strategies. Save the date to attend: July 12-13, 2011 at Cedar Shores in Oacoma, SD. Applications will be posted in February at http://doe.sd.gov/cans/teamnutrition.asp


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. A website to accept nominations for the Healthy Living Innovation Awards will go live on January 18, 2011. Further details are currently available at www.hhs.gov/secretary/about/healthyliving

School Employee Wellness (SEW) Awards Program

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 School Employee Wellness (SEW) Awards Program that recognizes schools and school districts that demonstrate commitment to the health of their employees by implementing school employee wellness programs.

Awardees will receive special recognition for their efforts that include grants (Bronze $250, Silver $500, Gold $1,000) to be reinvested in their employee wellness programs.

To apply for DHPE's School Employee Wellness Awards Program, view an information webinar, or learn more about school employee wellness programs, visit www.schoolempwell.org.

Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2011.

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 also may apply. The grants must specifically support programs offered outside of school hours.

The learning centers are intended to assist students in high-poverty and low-performing school areas. Because the program is authorized under the No Child Left Behind Act, each application must also include a learning component and sample plans for content-specific academic enrichment activities.

“These funds are intended to create a safe environment as well as learning opportunities for young students whose families may not otherwise be able to afford such things,” says Sue Burgard of the state Department of Education.

Burgard oversees the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program in South Dakota and says the application process requires a great deal of planning and can be time-consuming.

“Because we want to ensure programs are successful after funds have been awarded, we ask our applicants to be very well-prepared through the competitive grant process,” Burgard says.

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

Click here for more information about the funding opportunity, including a grant application form and webinar schedule and registration, or contact Jill Cotton at (605) 773-4693.

Healthy People 2020 Objectives: Now Available for Viewing and Implementation

On December 2, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled the Nation’s new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention. The launch, marking the beginning of Healthy People 2020, included remarks from the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Howard K. Koh; HHS Chief Technology Officer, Todd Park; Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Health Officer, Dr. Jonathan Fielding; Associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika; and many others.

For more details about the initiative and how you can get involved, visit the newly redesigned Healthy People Web site at www.healthypeople.gov. The Web site allows users to view the new Healthy People 2020 topic areas and objectives, tailor information to their needs, and explore evidence-based resources for implementation.

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National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE) Teacher's Toolbox NASPE'S Teacher Toolbox shares ideas for promoting your quality physical education, physical activity, or youth sports program.

Every month features activity ideas that meet the national standards, elementary and secondary fitness calendars for you to send home with your students, puzzles and games, information about the nation's health observances, and the newest resource materials. Click on January Teacher Toolbox.
Still available - December Teacher Toolbox !

New Tools to Support Students’ Health and Learning

The American School Health Association, Council on Administrative Support for School Health and the National School Boards Association have released two documents that outline actions that School Administrators and School Boards can take to support a coordinated approach to health.

• What School Administrators Can Do to Enhance Student Learning by Supporting a Coordinated Approach to Health

• What School Boards Can Do to Enhance Student Learning by Supporting a Coordinated Approach to Health

Schools that adopt a coordinated approach to planning and problem-solving to meet students’ needs are more likely to position students for success in school and throughout their lifetimes. For more information go to: www.nsba.org/schoolhealth or www.ashaweb.org/Administrators .

Students Taking Charge

Students across the country are putting their passion for eating right, being active and living healthy into making their schools healthier places. Students Taking Charge is available nationwide to all high schools at www.StudentsTakingCharge.org.

Empower Youth to Speak Up and Take Action against Big Tobacco

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against Big Tobacco at more than 1,000 events from coast to coast. Teachers, youth leaders, or health advocates can organize events and mobilize students to raise awareness about the problems of tobacco use in schools or communities. All successful events require extensive planning. The 2011 Kick Butts Day Guide has ideas and timelines that will help you plan for a successful Event. Download the 2011 guide now. For more information and ideas click here.