- Healthy Concessions Model Policy
- We Need More PE
- 2011-12 School Year Height and Weight Data Released

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 healthysd.gov or download the policy book. To learn more about the Munch Code and to order a FREE Munch Code Kit click here.

For technical assistance contact Megan Sexton, Healthy Foods Coordinator with the DOH at megan.sexton@sdstate.edu, (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. Click here to watch the video.

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, see http://doh.sd.gov/SchoolWeight/. Your school too can become a part of the coming school year surveillance system!

Click here to view the full report of the 2011-12 School Height and Weight Data.

Nov. 2012