Sign up for Exercise: Prescription for Health Challenge

The SD Department of Health will be conducting another healthy challenge January 15-February 29. This challenge encourages physical activity to improve your health. The challenge is being conducted in collaboration with the SD State Medical Association but participants do not need an exercise “prescription” to participate. If you have questions about your ability to be physically active, do consult your physician.

The challenge is web-based and each participant needs their own email address to participate. The challenge is open to all South Dakotans who may join as individuals or as part of a team. Sign-up begins now going to the link on www.HealthySD.gov. At the end of challenge 10 randomly selected participants will receive a South Dakota state parks pass. Start the year off right by increasing your physical activity. Exercise is indeed medicine!

U.S. High School Students Are Not Eating Enough Fruits and Vegetables

Eating more fruits and vegetables helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases and can help maintain a healthy weight. However, a recent CDC report shows U.S. high school students continue to eat less than the recommended daily amount of both fruits and vegetables.

Among high school students, girls who participate in less than 30 minutes of physical activity each day should eat at least 1.5 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables each day. Boys who participate in less than 30 minutes of physical activity each day should eat at least 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables each day.

More Information
• Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/index.html?s_cid=govD_dnpao_142&source=govdelivery)
• See the health benefits of eating fruit and vegetables (http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/benefits/index.html?s_cid=govD_dnpao_143&source=govdelivery)
• Learn more about the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign (http://saladbars2schools.org/?source=govdelivery).
• Learn more about how schools can promote healthy eating. (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/strategies.htm?s_cid=govD_dnpao_144&source=govdelivery)
• Learn more about the National Farm-to-School initiative. (http://www.farmtoschool.org/?source=govdelivery)

CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) focuses on improving our communities to support healthy eating and active living.

Drink Nutrition and Marketing to Children

Sugary drink companies speak to children early, often, and when parents are not looking. Sugary drinks are the most unhealthy food product marketed to children and are relentlessly and aggressively targeted toward them. Food marketing to children negatively influences the dietary choices and the health of society's most vulnerable citizens. Given the childhood obesity epidemic at hand, students need meaningful solutions and real change. You can find a summary of the full report at http://www.sugarydrinkfacts.org/

Upcoming Events

Raising the Standards - March 12 - 13, 2012

Coordinated School Health will be hosting training from 8:00am-4:30pm, March 12 - 13, 2012 in Rapid City, SD titled: Raising the Standards: A Skills-Based Approach to Health Education. 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, and high school teachers responsible for health education in their school districts are encouraged to attend. To register, go to: https://apps.sd.gov/Applications/DE49TrnTracker/Secure/AvailableClasses.aspx.

SPARKS Physical Education Training - May 29-30, 2012

South Dakota physical education teachers are invited to SPARK workshops being sponsored by SD Coordinated School Health and Region 3 ESA in Mitchell. Each one-day workshop is designed to provide attendees with a working knowledge of SPARK’s unique content and instructional strategies for grades K-2 and/or 3-6. Teachers will leave ready to “SPARK-up” their students for a lifetime of good health! Participants may attend one day or both days and SPARK materials may be purchased, either before the training or after the training, for a discounted price. To register, go to: https://apps.sd.gov/Applications/DE49TrnTracker/Secure/AvailableClasses.aspx.

Life Skills Training -February 29 to March 1, 2012

Life Skills Training will be held in Chamberlain, SD at the AmericInn on February 29-March 1, 2012. It is a proven, highly effective, substance abuse prevention program designed to provide students with the necessary skills to resist social pressures to smoke, drink and use drugs; to help them develop greater self-esteem, self-mastery, and self-confidence; to enable children to effectively cope with social anxiety; and to increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance use.


Now Accepting Applications for School Employee Wellness Award Program

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 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 $1000) to be reinvested in their employee wellness programs.

To apply for DHPE's School Employee Wellness Awards Program, or to learn more about school employee wellness programs, visit www.schoolempwell.org. Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2012. No paper submissions will be accepted this year.

Childhood Obesity Rapid Response Fund

Today, about one in three American children and teens is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity is causing a broad range of health problems previously not seen until adulthood, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. The childhood obesity epidemic is causing a national outcry as well as a multitude of efforts designed to help reverse this trend.

The mission of the Childhood Obesity Rapid Response Fund is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state and local public policy campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Efforts target a wide array of childhood obesity policies and give particular focus to impacting the highest obesity prevalence and most at-risk populations. General information on policy areas can be found at www.rwjf.org/childhoodobesity/strategy.jsp.

Farm to School and School Gardening

The resources section of the USDA Farm to School website has been updated to include an extensive list of resources related to Farm to School and school gardening. The resources are organized by topic area and include such topics as: Farm to Childcare, Food Safety, Nutrition and Agriculture Education, Procurement, Resources for Farmers, School Gardens, Training for Foodservice Staff, and much more. Visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/F2S/f2s-resources.htm for a complete list. Please contact the Team at farmtoschool@fns.usda.gov with any questions.

Students Taking Charge Team Nutrition Mini Grant

There is $750 mini grant available for middle or high school student teams to make improvements to the school nutrition environment. Applications are available at http://doe.sd.gov/cans/teamnutrition.asp. Applications are due by February 6, 2011. Project dates are February 21, 2012 to May 1, 2013. Visit http://studentstakingcharge.org/index.php/investigate for more information.


After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools Is Now Available Online After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools is a tool developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Suicide Prevention Resource Center. It is designed to help all schools be prepared to provide the best possible response to a tragedy that impacts individuals, families and the whole school.

The toolkit includes an overview of key considerations, general guidelines for action, do’s and don’ts, templates, and sample materials, all in a format applicable to diverse populations and communities. It serves as a resource for schools facing real-time crises and, while designed specifically to address the aftermath of suicide, schools will find it useful following other deaths as well. For a direct link to the toolkit, please visit: http://www.sprc.org/library/AfteraSuicideToolkitforSchools.pdf SOURCE: The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS), The Weekly Insider, 11/22/2011

New from Let's Move in School: Toolkit for Superintendents and School Boards

The Let's Move in School–Superintendents and School Boards Toolkit helps superintendents and school board members to assess current levels of physical education and activity within the school district. They can use the toolkit to create awareness of the benefits of a comprehensive school physical activity program and learn steps to increase physical education and activity in the school district.

Announcing Smokefree Teen

The National Cancer Institute's Tobacco Control Research Branch has developed Smokefree Teen (SfT). SfT is a new smoking cessation resource aimed at helping teens quit smoking and take control of their health. To appeal to a teen audience that spends much of its time online and on the phone, SfT provides targeted behavioral support through a variety of platforms:

• teen.smokefree.gov—A website offering evidence-based smoking cessation information and interactive tools designed especially for teens

• SmokefreeTXT (http://teen.smokefree.gov/smokefreeTXT.aspx) —A free text messaging program developed for teens to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help teen smokers quit for good

• QuitSTART (http://teen.smokefree.gov/QuitSTART.aspx) —A free mobile app delivering cessation tips, mood management tools, crave tracking, personalized progress reports, and community support (Coming Soon)

Success Stories

Tobacco Free School Policy Evaluation Project is Complete

Coordinated School Health partnered with the Tobacco Control Program and SDSU’s College of Nursing to assess SD school’s tobacco free policies. A total of 191 school entities participated. An individual report was sent to superintendents. The report included information about strengths and weaknesses of the policy and recommendations of what is needed to implement a comprehensive policy.

The report included a resource guide for policy implementation. The resource guide was loaded with materials such as the associated School Board SD Model Policy, training opportunities, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator contact information, online resources and Quit Line resources. Two of the Building Healthy Schools Project pilot schools were among the top scoring schools and four pilot schools had comprehensive policies. Thanks for participating and making this project a success.

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD (AP)

A South Dakota woman who lives on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has received a $10,000 fellowship to teach healthy cooking to local school children. The Rapid City Journal reports that Shannon Freed received the grant from the National Audubon Society and Toyota.

Freed plans to create a food garden this spring and teach students at a reservation school how to plant, harvest and cook local plants. She is looking for a local school partner. Freed moved to the reservation with her husband in 2009 from California. She says one of the first things she noticed was the limited availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at the reservation's grocery stores.