- Traveling Exhibit Promotes Activity, Healthy Eating
- Eat Healthy. Get Active. Make a Difference.
- Enter the 8th Annual Children’s Art Contest

Traveling Exhibit Promotes Activity, Healthy Eating

Let’s Move South Dakota is a traveling hands-on exhibit that was developed in partnership with Coordinated School Health. This exhibit will inspire children and families to get active, eat healthy and feel. Six interactive stations highlight the habits that can result in a healthy weight.

The exhibit stations are based on the action steps of the Let’s Move initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama. These steps are pretty simple – move every day, eat fruits and veggies, prepare and eat meals together, drink smart by drinking beverages low in sugar, move more, spend less time in front of a screen, and play outside.

Sign up for the PALA Plus award online at www.presidentschallenge.org to join the Let’s Move South Dakota Discovery Center group. Let’s Move South Dakota is available for a one-month rental to schools, out of school time programs, libraries and other groups involved in promoting good health and good habits for children and families. It is one of the Hands-On Partnership traveling exhibits coordinated by the South Dakota Discovery Center. For more information about the exhibit or rental, see the website at www.letsmovesouthdakota.org or contact Anne Lewis, annelewis@sd-discovery.com, (605) 224-8295.

Eat Healthy. Get Active. Make a Difference.

Eating healthy and getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day can be fun and exciting with Fuel Up to Play 60! Help make a difference by putting ideas into action and making healthy changes at your school. Launched by National Dairy Council (NDC), your local Dairy Council (MDA) and the National Football League (NFL) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers youth to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health. In addition, The Food and Nutrition Service and Fuel Up to Play 60 have formed a partnership, which recognizes Fuel Up to Play 60 as a great resource for schools wanting to become Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) award winners!

Get your school involved and ready by applying today for funds for Fuel Up to Play 60! This nationwide, competitive program provided up to $5,000 for qualified schools! –available to K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. Funds are designed to help schools jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Whether your school is just starting out or looking to expand and extend a wellness initiative that’s already in motion, funding opportunities for Fuel Up to Play 60 can help. Apply by June 1 at www.FuelUptoPlay60.com.

Participate in the summer theme song challenge. Students can get creative and create their own versions of the celebratory dances NFL players have made famous. This challenge will be a fun way for students to celebrate the end of the school year and, potentially win an NFL player visit! The Touchdown Dance Challenge will begin May 30 and will run through July 18. For more information, check out www.FuelUptoPlay60.com.

Many South Dakota schools have been able to experience awards by implementing the FUTP 60 program like NFL player visits to their schools, signed NFL merchandise, and prize packages worth up to $1500! For more information on the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, applying for the June grant or the summer challenge please contact: Dawn Conrad, MS, RD, LN Program Manager, Midwest Dairy Council dconrad@midwestdairy.com or (605) 594-3155.

Enter the 8th Annual Children’s Art Contest

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) invites children to enter its international art contest with a chance to win a trip to New Orleans this year. The theme is "A Healthy Start to Your Day”. The contest is supported by Kellogg Company. The contest is open to 3 groups: grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Group winners and their parents/guardians will be invited to a presentation ceremony at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition on October 20, 2012 in New Orleans. Each first-place winner will receive a $500 cash prize and up to $1,000 for travel-related expenses. The 3 second-place winners will each receive $250.

The schools will be awarded matching cash amounts. In addition, some artwork will be featured on the AAP website and in promotional materials. To enter, children in the United States should send original artwork to: Children’s Art Contest, American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 Northwest Point Blvd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Entry forms and consent forms must accompany all entries. Official rules and regulations are available online, www.aap.org. Entries must be postmarked by July 16, 2012. Entries are also welcome from children outside the USA. For the single international award, the contest is open to children ages 13-18. The winner will receive a USD 500 cash prize with a matching amount for the school or home school. For this category only, entries may be submitted by email to Deandra Galarde at artcontest@aap.org. Winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges, including pediatricians, and announced in the summer.

May 2012