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- Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Mar. 11, 2013
- South Dakota QuitLine Offers Monthly Webinars to Staff and Students
- Harvest of the Month /School and Youth Gardening Workshops
- National School Breakfast Week - March 4-8, 2013




Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Mar. 11, 2013

Register soon for this year's Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event! The event takes place on March 11, 2013 in Sioux Falls at the Ramkota. This free event is youth focused and will include a fun day full of guest speakers, activities, breakfast, lunch, snacks, door prizes, giveaways and more for everyone who attends! We invite students in grades 7-12 and their advisers to this event! There are limited scholarships available for those who need travel assistance. For more information regarding this event, please contact Brianna Jackson at b.jackson@voa-dakotas.org

Click here for registration




South Dakota QuitLine Offers Monthly Webinars to Staff and Students

The South Dakota Department of Health offers monthly webinars to school administrators and staff (nurses, secretaries, counselors, etc.) about the SD QuitLine. The webinars provide specific information about how the QuitLine works.

Since students in South Dakota schools use tobacco and at least half would like to quit, the QuitLine is well prepared to help even the youngest tobacco users in the state.

Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers start smoking by age 18, and 99% start by age 26.* On any given day in the U.S., more than 2,500 youth and young adults who have been occasional smokers will become regular smokers. *Taken from: Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2012.

Click here for more information on the webinars and the QuitLine materials or contact Tammy Bauck, State Tobacco Cessation Coordinator, at (604) 224-6287 ext. 238.




Harvest of the Month /School and Youth Gardening Workshops

Team Nutrition, the South Dakota Discovery Center and SDSU Extension will offer Harvest of the Month and School and Youth Gardening Workshops this summer. Interested individuals may register for one or both of the workshops. The training dates are:

• Sioux Falls - July 9, 2013, and July 10, 2013
• Rapid City - July 23, 2013, and July 24, 2013

Harvest of the Month (HOM), is an adaptable, easy to use program that gets kids excited about eating fruits and vegetables. The short HOM presentations and produce sampling can be done in individual classrooms, PE classes, as an assembly, in after-school or preschool programs.

The School and Youth Gardening Workshop is designed to introduce gardening techniques and to provide effective resources for developing a school garden. The gardens can be a catalyst to increasing student consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Click here to download brochure and registration information.




National School Breakfast Week - March 4-8, 2013

The theme for this year’s National School Breakfast Week is "Be a Star with School Breakfast" Resources are available to promote your schools breakfast program during this week.

The National School Breakfast program provides cash assistance to States to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions.




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