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- New South Dakota K-12 Tobacco Prevention Toolkit Rolled Out
- Facts on American Teen's Sexual and Reproductive Health
- Brain-Based Research Improves Classroom Teaching and Learning
- Walkable Communities



New South Dakota K-12 Tobacco Prevention Toolkit Rolled Out

School and community representatives attended the 2013 Tobacco Prevention Spring Institute where they received the new South Dakota K-12 Tobacco Prevention Toolkit was developed to provide K-12 school districts with information about tobacco prevention activities, policies and curriculum.

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death, so the need for evidence-based initiatives to prevent young people from using tobacco is imperative. South Dakota Department’s of Education and Health are committed to supporting school districts in adopting a tobacco-free building and grounds policy, utilizing tobacco prevention curriculum and implementing evidence-based tobacco prevention activities. The South Dakota K-12 Tobacco Prevention Toolkit is a concise and helpful resource for addressing these needs.

Download the toolkit at rethinktobacco.com/toolkits.


Facts on American Teen's Sexual and Reproductive Health

The fact sheet published by Guttmacher Institute contains the most recent information on sexual activity, contraceptive use, access to contraceptive services, STIs, pregnancy, childbearing, fatherhood, and abortion in the teen population in the US.


Brain-Based Research Improves Classroom Teaching and Learning

More and more often educators across the country are embracing the use of brain-based research to improve teaching and learning in their classrooms.

Teachers are using research to guide such decisions as allowing students to exercise before tackling complicated work, starting the school day later for older students, and planning their classes based on studies showing that students retain more of what they learn at the beginning and end of class.


Walkable Communities

Walkability is part of a growing movement which emphasizes not only neighborhood walkability but mixed-use developments, smart transportation and a good quality of life.

All the places in your community that are in easy walking distance from your location (home, school, office or wherever you consider your home base to be) is your walkshed. A walkshed usually extends less than one mile from your home base. A well-stocked walkshed includes a variety of things, from parks and other public spaces to retail stores, restaurants, libraries and other services.

How do you know how good your walkshed is? Aside from giving it a test walk, the walkability of a neighborhood can be rated with a walk score and ranked by a website called Walk Score .Enter your address to see how walkable your neighborhood is. A score below 50 shows you as being car dependent.

Click here to read more about the benefits of walkability.
April 2013
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