- School Wellness Policy Summit –June 6, 2013
- Improving School Health Through School Health Advisory Councils
- Increasing Physical Activity Through Recess
- School Height/Weight Data Collection

School Wellness Policy Summit –June 6, 2013

A School Wellness Policy Summit will be held on June 6, 2013 from 9:00-4:00 p.m. at Cedar Shores Resort in Chamberlain, SD. The summit is designed to assist school districts in updating their school wellness policy and to provide tools for effective implementation.

School districts are required to have a model wellness policy as outlined in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFK Act). The HHFK Act strengthens existing requirements for wellness policies. The new requirements are to be implemented by the 2013-14 school year and will be assessed as part of the administrative review for the National School Lunch Program.

Meals and mileage will be reimbursed for a team of up to 3 people from each district. One of the team members must be an administrator or a school board member. Click here for more information and to register.

The School Wellness Policy summit is sponsored by Team Nutrition, in the South Dakota Department of Education and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Contact Mary Kirk, Team Nutrition Coordinator, at (605) 773-4718 or Mary.Kirk@state.sd.us for more information.

Improving School Health Through School Health Advisory Councils

Collaborative efforts among family, community and the schools are the most effective approaches for improving the health of young people. One effective way to promote this partnership is to implement a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC).

The SHAC is made up of a broad cross-section of parents, business and community leaders, and school personnel. The SHAC facilitates communication and problem solving about health-related issues of children and youth.

Ideally, the SHAC includes representation from each of the eight components of a coordinated school health program. Coordinated school health is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a strategy for improving students' health and learning in our nation’s schools.

Increasing Physical Activity Through Recess

Schools can provide excellent opportunities for children to be physically active through regular recess. A brief, published by Active Living Research, summarizes the growing body of research examining recess, which shows that providing recess during the school day is an effective and efficient way to increase physical activity and improve academic performance among children.

School Height/Weight Data Collection

Data for the 2012-2013 school year will be accepted at any time during the year but must be submitted no later than June 15, 2013, for inclusion in this year’s analysis. To save school staff time, heights and weights can be entered on the Infinite Campus system. We strongly encourage you to use this convenient method as it saves both school and state agency staff time. Easy to follow instructions for using the Infinite Campus system can be found at: doh.sd.gov/SchoolWeight/.

Resources to assist with your data collection and obesity prevention activities are available at: doh.sd.gov/SchoolWeight/. This web site also has instructions for taking accurate measurements and information for maintaining confidentiality. If you do not have access to this data collection system, please contact your Infinite Campus administrator or principal to receive permission to enter data and extract reports. If that is not possible or your school does not use Infinite Campus for other school records, please submit the height and weight data in an Excel spreadsheet following the instructions on the web site listed above, or in a Word file if other options do not work.

May 2013