November 2012


Healthy Concessions Model Policy

HealthySD in the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) is working with concessionaires, youth sports program leaders, coaches, civic volunteers, parks and recreation staff, school officials, and involved parents all over the state to provide tools and information on how to promote and encourage healthy eating in our communities.

The Healthy Concessions Model Policy and the Munch Code Toolkit are examples of those tools. The DOH provides free start-up materials and technical assistance for those interested in implementing the Healthy Concessions policy.

For more information go to or download the policy book. To learn more about the Munch Code and to order a FREE Munch Code Kit, go to:

For technical assistance contact Megan Sexton, Healthy Foods Coordinator with the DOH at, (605) 782-3290, Ext. 263.

We Need More PE

SPARK Physical Education has created a new video advocating for Quality Physical Education. In the video Dr. Thom McKenzie explains why it's so important for children to have quality Physical Education and how caring adults can support it.

The video is designed especially for parents, teachers, school board members and administrators. To watch the video, go to:

2011-12 School Year Height and Weight Data Released

The analyzed height and weight data for 2011-12 school year has been sent to schools who submitted data. The obesity rates for all age groups and overall were up from the previous school year but the statewide rate is still below the latest national rate for this age group (SD 15.9% vs US NHANES 19.6%).

The data was sent to the person from the school who submitted the data with copies to the building principal and superintendent. For a copy of the full report including the list of participating schools, summary brochure, and ways to submit data for the current school year, please see Your school too can become a part of the coming school year surveillance system!


Champions for Healthy Kids Grant

Through the Champions for Healthy Kids program, the General Mills Foundation will award 50 grants of $10,000 to organizations working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors for youth (ages 2-18). SPARK Physical Education is a model program for this grant and can provide the resources you need to promote physical activity and healthy eating. Click here for more information and to access the grant application.

Contact SPARK at 1-800-SPARK PE or A Program Consultant will ask you a few questions, learn about your current program, and listen to your vision for improving nutrition and physical fitness behaviors in your program. Together, they can help create a program that will WORK and LAST.

Eligibility: Schools, after school programs, daycares, community-based organizations and government agencies
Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: December 3, 2012

Let’s Move Salad Bars to School Grant

The new National School Lunch Program (NSLP) standards ensures that the 32 million students participating in the program are offered both fruits and vegetables every school day. Using salad bars is one way for schools to implement the new nutrition standards for school lunch.

Any school, public or private, participating in the NSLP can apply for a start-up award to help pay for salad bar equipment. Interested schools can begin the salad bar application process by completing an online application at: The website also offers details about the benefits of salad bars, and resources to help roll out salad bars in schools.

Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools is an initiative of the Food Family Farming Foundation, National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, United Fresh Produce Association Foundation, and Whole Foods Market to support First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative.

Fuel Up to Play 60 Healthy Lifestyles Grant

The Fuel Up to Play 60 Healthy Lifestyle Grant provides funds to help schools implement a Healthy Eating Play, including a visit to a local supermarket (under the guidance of the supermarket’s registered dietitian or health and wellness professional), and a corresponding physical activity play. Multiple grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to select applicants.

Schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and/or the School Breakfast Program and have support/backing from the school principal, district school nutrition director, and school nutrition manager are eligible to apply. For more information and to apply for this funding, go to:

Deadline: November 16, 2012


The Amazing Body Exhibit Tours South Dakota

The Amazing Body Exhibit will be available to all schools and after school programs during the 2012 school year. The exhibit includes a set of 11 visual and interactive learning centers on body organs, nutrition, and physical activity as well as tips to enhance each learning station, classroom follow-up activities, and an online evaluation tool.

Schools and agencies interested in the exhibit will be reimbursed up to $125 for fruit and vegetable snacks for youth who participate in the tour. Schools and agencies applying for the mini-grant must participate in US Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs such as CACFP, school lunch, after school snack or child and adult food program.

The Amazing Body Exhibit is sponsored by Team Nutrition, in the South Dakota Department of Education. Team Nutrition is an integrated, behavior-based, comprehensive nationwide plan for promoting the nutritional health of the nation’s school children.

To request the kit complete application, go to:

Fit for a Healthier Generation Physical Activity DVDs

In an effort to expand the way physical activity is delivered to millions of children and youth across the country, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation has announced a national fitness campaign to get kids moving.

The Fit for a Healthier Generation campaign features pre-recorded, 3-5 minute physical activity breaks aimed at getting kids up, moving and having fun throughout the day. The physical activity breaks feature simple, classroom-based and program-appropriate movements to get kids’ heart rates up and to have fun.

Schools can access the fitness breaks by joining the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program online at There is no cost to join the Healthy Schools Program, and members have access to hundreds of resources, including a variety of no-cost technical assistance tools.

For more information about the Alliance for a Healthier Generation contact Kari Senger, Healthy Schools Program Manager for South Dakota at

Upcoming Events

LifeSkills Curriculum Training – Dec. 10-11, 2012

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.

LifeSKills Curriculum training will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., December 10-11, 2012 at Volunteers of America, 1309 West 51st Street, Sioux Falls, SD.

To register, go to:

The Role of the School Nurse in School Wellness Policies and Practices

The National Association of School Nurses, Action for Healthy Kids and Fuel Up to Play 60, present a one hour webinar to explore and define the role of School Nurses in creating and implementing their school's wellness policy.

Learn about the current environment, challenges school nurses face, and opportunities for participation. Hear from nurses who are using Fuel Up to Play 60 to make wellness part of their school's game plan.

Nov. 7, 2012 at 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 12pm PT. Register at

Answer Online Professional Development

Coordinated School Health will provide funding to teachers interested in on-line professional development opportunities provided by Answer. Answer is a national organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education in the U.S.

Answer offers a variety of online professional development opportunities designed to fit your busy schedule and your professional development needs. For more information about these in-depth six hour workshops, go to:

Contact Amy Beshara, HIV Prevention Coordinator, in the SD Department of Education at (605) 773-6898 or for information on attaining funds to cover the cost of the online professional development opportunities.

Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU)

Developed jointly by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Lung Association, TATU is a tobacco prevention program designed to help teens teach younger children about the hazards of tobacco use and the benefits of making healthy choices. For training dates and a registration form, go to:

The TATU trainings are sponsored by Black Hills Special Services Cooperative and the SD Department of Health. The remaining Fall 2012 TATU training dates include:

Western/Central Region:
Nov. 14, 2012 in Rapid City
Nov. 28, 2012 in Pierre
Dec. 12, 2012 in Chamberlain

Not on Tobacco (N-O-T) Trainings

Teachers, counselors, nurses, youth coordinators or health educators interested in helping teens stop smoking or reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke; increase their healthy lifestyle behaviors; and improve their life-management skills are encouraged to attend the Not on Tobacco (N-O-T) facilitator training. For the training schedule and registration form, go to:

N-O-T is the American Lung Association's voluntary program for teens who want to quit smoking. It is the most researched, most widely used and most successful such program in the United States. Facilitator training is being provided free‐of‐ charge (including reimbursement for travel costs and substitute teacher pay) according to the schedule listed below. Mini‐grants are also available to schools that complete the training.

The N-O-T facilitator trainings are sponsored by Black Hills Special Services Cooperative and the SD Department of Health. The remaining Fall 2012 N‐O‐T Training dates are:

Southeast/Northeast Region: Dec. 5, 2012 in Brookings.

Success Stories

Healthy Snack Choices Made Easy

Students at McKinley School in the Pierre School District found that learning about selecting healthy snacks can be easy and fun thanks to the Team Nutrition Healthy Choices mini-grant that was recently awarded to them. The mini-grant is designed to promote healthy snack choices at concessions stands, in vending machines, at school stores, for fundraising and/or ala carte options at a school or agency.

The Pierre and Stanley County School District’s after school programs worked together to use funds from the Healthy Choices mini-grant. They chose to celebrate National Food Day by hosting a movie titled “What’s on Your Plate?” at the State Theatre in Pierre. “What's On Your Plate?” is a documentary film about healthy eating and how healthy food choices are good for both the individual and the community.

Before attending the movie, students attended a presentation on the Munch Code, a color coded labeling program reminding us that foods in the GREEN category are the healthiest and we can “eat a bunch.” YELLOW foods may have added sugar, fat or calories and we should be careful to have “just a little.” Foods falling into the RED category are on the “not so much” list and should be avoided. During the movie’s intermission, students were challenged to use the snack cues of RED, YELLOW, and GREEN to assist them in making a healthy snack choice.

The Munch Code, along with the Healthy Concessions Model Policy, is a tool that can be used to promote and encourage healthy eating in our communities. To learn more about the Munch Code and to order the FREE Munch Code kit, go to:

For more information about this event or Team Nutrition contact Mary Kirk at or (605) 773-4718.