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Take Advantage of Harvest of the Month Training and Materials

Harvest of the Month (HOM) is a nutrition education program designed to expose elementary students to fruits and vegetables. The program can be implemented in a variety of ways within schools and out of school time programs. The program is designed to promote a different fruit or vegetable each month, using a prepared 20 minute lesson/presentation. The lessons provide information about nutritional value, how and where it is grown, and how it can be prepared. The lesson is followed by students taste testing the harvest of the month item.

This program has been implemented by elementary classroom teachers, physical education teachers, parents, community health professional, and Teens as Teachers. Recipes and shopping tips are sent home to encourage families to try the items at home. The school cafeteria can support the lesson by offering the monthly harvest item on the school lunch menu. Community grocery stores also have been a great partner by promoting Harvest of the Month items in their stores.

There will be three opportunities for receiving training on the Harvest of the Month program: June 5-6, June 12-13, or August 7-8. The training will include HOM implementation as well as gardening techniques and resources. This training is provided through a partnership of the following organizations: Team Nutrition & Coordinated School Health in the Department of Education, SD Discovery Center, SD Extension, and the Department of Department of Health Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Schools may apply for funds to send two staff members to the training. Additional funding will be available for implementing the program. For more information go to the Harvest of the Month website www.sdharvestofthemonth.org or call Mary Kirk at (605) 773-4718.




Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools – Funding, Training and Resources Available

School children eat more fruits and vegetables when they have a variety of choices such as those provided in a salad bar. To accelerate this trend, the “Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools” program is offering incentives to help school lunch rooms become better equipped to provide tasty fruits and vegetables.

Across the U.S., fewer than 1 in 10 children eat the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. School salad bars are one way to help reverse this deficit. When offered multiple fruit and vegetable choices, children respond by trying new items, incorporating greater variety into their diets, and increasing their daily consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Any school, public or private, participating in the National School Lunch Program can apply for a start-up award to help pay for salad bar equipment. Interested schools can begin the process by completing an online application and creating their own individualized webpage at: www.saladbars2schools.org. The website offers details about the benefits of salad bars and resources to help increase fruit and vegetable consumption at schools. Salad Bars to Schools Training will be offered July 31, 2012.

Watch for details in the May newsletter. The training will be sponsored by Child and Adult Nutrition Services and Coordinated School Health in the Department of Education with funding support from the Department of Health, Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.




New School Wellness Policy Requirements

The Healthy Hungry Free Kids Act of 2010 has improvements to enhance local school wellness policies. Local wellness policies are an important tool for parents, local education agencies and school districts to promote student wellness, prevent and reduce childhood obesity, and provide assurance that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the minimum federal school meal requirements.

The law requires that nutritional staff in local schools be involved in the development, implementation, and review of local policies. Schools are required to inform and update the public (including students, parents, and others in the community) about the content and implementation of local wellness policies. These provisions will be effective this school year.

South Dakota has a Model Wellness Policy on the Coordinated School Health website, under policy. In May a team will review and revise the Model Wellness Policy to meet the requirements of the law.




Upcoming Events

SPARK Physical Education Workshop - May 29-30, 2012

Physical education teachers are invited to the SPARK Physical Education Workshop(s) being sponsored by Coordinated School Health and Education Service Agency (ESA) 3. The FREE workshops are being offered for the elementary school level and the middle school level. Participants may attend one or both days of the workshop. Each one day workshop is designed to provide attendees with a working knowledge of SPARK’s unique content and instructional strategies. Each participant will receive SPARK curriculum materials to include a teacher manual, music CD and SPARK folio.

Meals outside of the workshop hours, mileage and lodging will be reimbursed at state rates for all participants. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Comfort Inn in Mitchell, SD at state rates ($46.50) for the evenings of May 28 and 29. The Comfort Inn is located at 2020 Highland Way (I-90 - Exit 332, behind Ruby Tuesday). If interested, please call the Comfort Inn at 605-996-1333 by May 20, 2012. The rooms are reserved under the name “SPARK training.”




LifeSkills Training

LifeSkills is a proven, highly effective, substance abuse prevention program. This comprehensive program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to resist social pressures to smoke tobacco, to drink, and to use drugs. CLICK HERE to register. LifeSkills training will be held in:

- Watertown — June 6-7, 2012
- Spearfish — August 15-16, 2012




Harvest of the Month Training

Harvest of the Month (HOM) is a nutrition education program designed to expose elementary students to fruits and vegetables. The program can be implemented in a variety of ways within schools and out of school time programs. The program is designed to promote a different fruit or vegetable each month, using a prepared 20 minute lesson/presentation. The lessons provide information about nutritional value, how and where it is grown, and how it can be prepared. The lesson is followed by students taste testing the harvest of the month item.

This program has been implemented by elementary classroom teachers, physical education teachers, parents, community health professional, and Teens as Teachers. Recipes and shopping tips are sent home to encourage families to try the items at home. The school cafeteria can support the lesson by offering the monthly harvest item on the school lunch menu. Community grocery stores also have been a great partner by promoting Harvest of the Month items in their stores.

There will be three opportunities for receiving training on the Harvest of the Month program: June 5-6, June 12-13, or August 7-8. The training will include HOM implementation as well as gardening techniques and resources. This training is provided through a partnership of the following organizations: Team Nutrition & Coordinated School Health in the Department of Education, SD Discovery Center, SD Extension, and the Department of Health Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Schools may apply for funds to send two staff members to the training. Additional funding will be available for implementing the program.

For more information go to the Harvest of the Month website www.sdharvestofthemonth.org or call Mary Kirk at (605) 773-4718.




Harrisburg Physical Education Clinic – June 19-20, 2012

The 4th annual Harrisburg Physical Education Clinic will be held June 19-20, 2012 at the Harrisburg High School Gym. A variety of session topics will be offered including Peer Aggression: Relational Aggression and Bullying; Drug Use and Other Choices; Nutrition/Obesity/Diabetes as well as Power Racing, Boot Camp, and Archery in the School. Questions about the clinic can be directed to Ronette.Costain@k12.sd.us or (605) 743-5326. See the detailed agenda and registration form.




Using Literature to Teach Health – August 13-14, 2012

Planning for instruction that will advance the health literacy of our students is just a page turn away! Elementary, middle school, and high school teachers responsible for health education in their school district as well as librarians, nurses, counselors and curriculum directors are encouraged to attend the Using Literature to Teach Health training August 13-14, 2012 at the Young Center on the campus of Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD.

Participants will receive the Using Literature to Teach Health Teacher’s Guide and $250 towards the purchase of books that include a health content area or health skill(s). In addition, Coordinated School Health will cover travel expenses (meals, mileage, lodging and substitute teacher fees) for all participants.




Funding




ING Run For Something Better Grant

Apply today for the 2012 ING Run for Something Better Grant to receive up to $2,500 to start a new running program OR expand your existing one! National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and ING want to help all of the students in your school build and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle and this program is the way to do it! Last year, 50 schools received this grant and are now running for something better! Running is one of the simplest, most effective and enjoyable forms of physical activity. Yet you do not have to be a runner to implement this program. NASPE and ING can help!

Empower your students to fight obesity before it begins by submitting your easy to use online application today. Visit NASPE’s ING Grant Page to learn more about the program and gain access to many quality resources that will help get your students moving in school such as lesson plans, physical activity logs, and much more!

The deadline to apply is 11:59 EST, May 15, 2012. Complete by April 15, 2012 and you’ll receive a special ING Run for Something Better gift.




School Grants for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) will award over 500 schools with grants, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, for the 2012 -2013 school year through the School Grants for Healthy Kids program. The grants, designed to help improve school nutrition and provide kids with greater access to healthy foods, are made possible through AFHK’s partnerships with Kellogg’s and the Walmart Foundation




Roadmaps to Health: Community Grants

This Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program will support communities in implementing policy or system changes to address one of the social or economic factors that most strongly influence health outcomes in their community including: education, employment and income, family and social support, and community safety. Eligible applicants are organizations that participate in established coalitions or networks that span multiple sectors and perspectives. The deadline for proposals is May 2, 2012.




Community Assessment Grant

The South Dakota Department of Health, Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (OCDPHP) and Nutrition & Physical Activity Program (NPAP) are accepting applications from cities, towns, and communities for community assessment grants. The grant award money (up to $15,000) must be obligated/spent by September 30, 2012 and used specifically for community assessment and planning purposes toward policy and environmental change to promote better health and reduce chronic disease. Having a community assessment completed not only enables implementation of healthy policy, but prepares communities for additional grant opportunities. Deadline for completed proposal is Tuesday May 8, 2012.

Proposal must be submitted by email to:
Lori Oster, Chronic Disease Nurse Consultant & Healthy Communities Liaison
South Dakota Department of Health
605-627-3061
Email: RN@osterconsulting.com




Resources

Find SD on the Food Desert Locator The online Food Desert Locator, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS), is a tool that can be used to assist efforts to expand the availability of nutritious food in food deserts, or low-income communities that lack ready access to healthy food. Expanding the availability of nutritious food is part of First Lady Michele Obama's Let's Move! initiative to address the epidemic of childhood obesity. The Food Desert Locator is on the Web at www.ers.usda.gov/data/fooddesert. The site contains an online media kit that provides downloadable images and logos.




Call for Applications: ASCD’s Whole Child Network

Between 10 and 15 schools from across the United States and Canada will receive a $10,000 grant for the 2012–13 school year, with the opportunity for renewal in the subsequent two school years, as well as customized support in implementing a whole child approach to education. Participating schools will also receive an ASCD Institutional membership, and up to five team members from each site will receive a trip to ASCD’s 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago.

Schools interested in applying should visit www.ascd.org/wholechildnetwork for more information. The deadline for applications to be considered is April 30, 2012.

ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Its 150,000 members in more than 145 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.

Current educational practices focus overwhelmingly on academic achievement measured by standardized and mandated tests. This achievement is but one element of student learning and development and only a part of any complete system of educational accountability. ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative is an association-wide effort to change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the development of children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged within a sustainable approach to education and community engagement.




Success Stories

Adolescent and School Health Program Success Stories

CDC supports state, territorial, and local agencies and tribal governments to help strengthen their capacity to improve child and adolescent health. Collectively, the programs CDC supports are making a difference in the lives of our nation’s youth. The stories on this web page illustrate the exemplary work conducted by CDC’s funded partners. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/stories/index.htm




2012 Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute

The 2012 Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute was held at the Ramkota Hotel in Pierre on March 28-29, 2012. The training was a great success. Community members, schools, organizations and businesses from across the state attended. The trainers, Debra G Morris MPH, MCHES, Madeleine Solomon, MPH, April Schweitzer and Sarah Anderson, MPH, CHES were from the Emory Centers for Training and Technical Assistance. They provided a two-day event that included Interventions to Improve Health, Evolution of Best Practices, Public Policy, Youth Engagement, and Coalition Building. Participants left motivated and eager to work on school and community tobacco prevention efforts.