- Help Reduce Childhood Obesity: Rethink Your Student’s Drink
- 2011 PEP Grant Winners Announced
- Get Pre Teens and Teens Immunized

Help Reduce Childhood Obesity: Rethink Your Student’s Drink

Students have access to sugar drinks and less healthy foods at school throughout the day from vending machines and school canteens, at fundraising events, school parties, and sporting events. To support students in the effort to make healthy choices schools can increase access to free drinking water, ensure that water fountains are clean and properly maintained, and limit the availability of sugar drinks in schools by establishing and implementing school wellness and nutrition guidelines. Make sure that only healthful beverages are offered during activities and teach students which beverages are healthier options.

See how your states’ schools compare to others on sugar drink offerings.

2011 PEP Grant Winners Announced

The U.S. Department of Education awarded 76 grants to Local Education Agencies and Community-Based Organizations who plan to implement comprehensive, integrated physical activity and nutrition programs for their students through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP). The Beresford Area Parks, Recreation and Community Education Program and the Tea Area School district are among the 2011 Winners.

Get Pre Teens and Teens Immunized

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and doctors recommend that all 11 and 12 year olds get the Tdap and meningococcal vaccines, as well as an influenza ("flu") shot. Tdap is a vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. It is important for adolescents to receive this vaccine as the level of protection from the primary series they received as children is starting to wane. Check with local health care providers to make sure the child was fully vaccinated with all recommended doses.

The Department of Health provides the Tdap and flu vaccines free of charge for this age group (providers may charge and administration fee); the meningococcal vaccine is provided free for those kids who are eligible for the federal Vaccines for Children program (Medicaid eligible, Native American or Alaskan Native, uninsured or underinsured) – again, while the vaccine is free providers may charge an administration fee.

CDC recommended vaccination schedules
Department of Health Immunization Program
Family and Community Health Services
TDAP Vaccine. Have you done it?

Oct. 2011