January 2013


Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans - Mid-Course Report

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) along with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN) convened a subcommittee to review the evidence on strategies to increase physical activity among youth (ages 3-17). The subcommittee, released a draft report of its findings in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report (http://health.gov/PAGuidelines/Midcourse/PAG_Mid-course_Report.pdf). The final report will be released in 2013.

The mid-course report summarizes intervention strategies based on the evidence from a review-of-reviews literature review and is organized into five settings where youth live, learn, and play:
• Family and Home
• Preschool and Childcare
• School
• Primary Care
• Community

The strategies to increase physical activity among youth are outlined in the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (http://health.gov/PAGuidelines/guidelines/default.aspx).

Fit, Healthy and Ready To Learn School Health Guide Updated

The National Association of State Boards of Education recently published three chapters of its highly praised Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn series of school health policy guides: Policies to Promote Healthy Eating, Policies to Promote Physical Activity and Physical Education (both of which are completely revised from their first editions), and Policies to Promote School Safety and Violence Prevention.

The guides offer recent scientific data; analysis; examples of best practices; and evidence-based models that schools, districts, and states can adapt. The newly revised chapters, which cover healthy eating, physical activity and physical education are:

Chapter D: Policies to Promote Physical Activity and Physical Education

Chapter E: Policies to Promote Healthy Eating

School Height and Weight Data Collection

In an effort to address the obesity epidemic in SD, the Department of Health (DOH) along with the Department of Education (DOE) have partnered with schools to collect current height and weight data on school age children. 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.

Student’s height and weight can be entered on the Infinite Campus system. Easy to follow instructions for using the Infinite Campus system can be found at: http://doh.sd.gov/SchoolWeight/ .

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.

Data for the 2012-13 school year will be accepted at any time during the school year but must be submitted no later than June 15, 2013, for inclusion in the analysis.


21st Century Community Learning Center Grants

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the 2013-14 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants (21st CCLC) will be announced in January 2013. The new application and materials will be posted on the 21st Century Learning Center webpage (http://doe.sd.gov/oatq/21cent.aspx) by Jan. 1, 2013.

Information on the website includes the eligibility requirements, along with the application and other related documents.

To help potential applicants with the process, the 21st CCLC team will host two webinars. The webinars will provide guidance and a chance for questions. While not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the webinars.

Contact Sue Burgard at 605-773-5238, or Jill Cotton at 605-773-4693 with any questions regarding the 21st CCLC grant or application process.

Healthy Choices Mini-grants

South Dakota Department of Education is offering Healthy Choices mini-grants to assist in concession changes within schools. For more information go to http://doe.sd.gov/cans/teamnutrition.aspx#minigrants.

The Healthy Concessions Model Policy and the Munch Code Toolkit are statewide efforts led by the South Dakota Department of Health. The DOH provides free start-up materials and technical assistance for those interested in implementing the Healthy Concessions policy. For more information go to www.healthysd.gov.

To order your kit go to www.munchcode.com and while you’re there play our fun Munch Code game to learn about healthier snack options.

School Employee Wellness Awards

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) program is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 School Employee Wellness Awards Program (SEW). SEW recognizes schools and school districts that demonstrate commitment to the health of their employees by implementing quality school employee wellness programs.

Awardees will receive special recognition for their efforts that include grants to be reinvested in their employee wellness programs (Bronze $250, Silver $500, Gold $1000).

To apply for DHPE's School Employee Wellness Awards Program or to learn more about school employee wellness programs, visit www.dhpe.org/schoolemployeewellness.

Applications must be submitted by Feb. 4, 2013. No paper submissions will be accepted this year.


SPARK Physical Education and the Community Transformation Grant

SPARK offers evidence-based Physical Education, Physical Activity and Coordinated School Health programs targeting pre-K through 12th grade students in and out of school. Click here to download a resource guide that will explain how you can use SPARK to align with the goals of the Community Transformation Grant (CTG).

This document includes information that shows:
1. Alignment to the Strategic Directions and Strategies within the CTG’s application
2. Alignment to CDC’s long-term measures for addressing physical activity and nutrition
3. Why you should partner with SPARK for your CTG’s submission
4. How SPARK deliverables align with CDC prevention outcomes
5. Which SPARK Evaluation and Assessment option might be used to support your submission

Contact SPARK at 800-SPARK-PE or spark@sparkpe.org. for assistance in creating a program that will WORK and LAST.

We Can! Launches New PSA Campaign

We Can! (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Ad Council, recently launched a multimedia public service announcement campaign titled "I Can, You Can, We Can" (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/news-events/news120.htm). The campaign is designed to encourage parents and caregivers to find creative ways to challenge and engage their kids to make healthy choices.

In the video "Dunk," a mom challenges her kids to be more physically active by attempting to, and finally succeeding in, dunking a basketball. "Juice" shows a father trying multiple combinations of fresh fruits and vegetables in a juicer in an attempt to find a combination that will appeal to his daughter.

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.

empowerME4Life – Teaching Healthy Living to Kids

empowerME4Life (http://www.healthiergeneration.org/teens.aspx?id=3373)is an 8-session healthy living course designed to equip kids ages 8-12 with new attitudes, skills and knowledge about eating better and moving more – for life! empowerME4Life is designed for implementation in afterschool and community settings and to be facilitated by teens or adult allies.

The educational content and methods in the empowerME4Life course are aligned with the National Health Education Standards (and thus the South Dakota Health Education Standards) for fifth grade. empowerME4Life is based on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's (http://www.healthiergeneration.org/about.aspx) five steps kids can take to live healthier:
• Get physically active for 60 minutes each day
• Drink primarily water, 1 percent or fat free milk, and 100 percent juice with no added sugars
• Eat fruits and vegetables with EVERY meal
• Cut back on screen time and limit it to 1-2 hours a day
• Get at least 9 hours of sleep every night

Go to: http://www.healthiergeneration.org/teens.aspx?id=3373 to download the lesson plans and Facilitators Guide. For more information about the Alliance for a Healthier Generation contact Kari Senger, Healthy Schools Program Manager for South Dakota at kari.senger@healthiergeneration.org

BeTobaccoFree.gov Website Launched

Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of BeTobaccoFree.gov, a comprehensive website providing one-stop access to the best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies. This consolidated resource includes general information on tobacco, federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit. In addition it provides video clips of real life people dealing with the health effects of tobacco use.

“Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the United States,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “BeTobaccoFree.gov builds upon the Obama administration’s commitment to help tobacco users quit and prevent children from starting to use tobacco products.”

BeTobaccoFree.gov uses responsive design, making information accessible anywhere, anytime on any platform, from smart phone to tablet to desktop. The website’s unique social media dashboard, “Say it - Share it,” constantly provides real time updates from HHS tobacco related social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Infographics, Podcasts, and Tumblr.

State School Environmental Guidelines Released

School environments play an important role in the health and academic success of children. Children spend 90% of their time indoors and much of that time is spent in school. Unhealthy school environments can affect children’s health, attendance, concentration, and performance, as well as lead to expensive, time-consuming cleanup and remediation activities.

These voluntary guidelines recommend six steps that states can take to build or enhance a school environmental health program. The guidelines also include a model K-12 school environmental health program as a resource that states can customize and share with schools and school districts to help them establish, or enhance an existing, school environmental health program. The model program incorporates EPA’s unique school health programs such as Tools for Schools, ENERGY Star for K-12 Schools and others, to help schools and school districts begin or enhance a comprehensive school environmental health program.

To learn more about the guidelines, visit the website a epa.gov/schools

NASN also provides school staff with resources to maintain a healthy school environment.

Upcoming Events

Common Core Literacy Training for All Content Areas

The South Dakota Department of Education will provide training on the Common Core Standards for teachers in all content areas, to include Health and Physical Education teachers. Participants will learn about the foundational components found in the Common Core, an understanding of the Common Core Standards as well as strategies for implementation.

The training(s) will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the dates and locations listed below. Deadline for registration is two weeks prior to the training date and a minimum of 20 participants is required. Health and Physical Education teachers should register under the Science and Technical Subjects category.

Science and Technical Subjects Training Dates:

Jan. 10: Rapid City, Best Western Ramkota
Jan. 18: Pierre, AmericInn
Jan. 23: Rapid City, Best Western Ramkota
Jan. 25: Pierre, AmericInn
Jan. 28: Sioux Falls, East Dakota Education Cooperative
Jan. 29: Sioux Falls, East Dakota Education Cooperative
Jan. 29: Aberdeen, Best Western Ramkota
Jan. 30: Mobridge, Wrangler Inn
Feb. 1: Watertown, Watertown Event Center
Feb. 4: Plankinton, Plankinton School District
Feb. 7: Huron, Crossroads
Feb. 27: Mobridge, Wrangler Inn

For more information about the Common Core Literacy Training contact Marta Stirling, Language Arts Curriculum Specialist, South Dakota Department of Education, Office of Learning and Instruction at marta.stirling@state.sd.us or (605) 773-4662.

TATU and N-O-T Tobacco Prevention Training

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.

N-O-T facilitator trainings assist 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.

The Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute is to be held in Pierre on March 6, 2013. Contact Roshal Rossman at roshalf@humanserviceagency.org for more information.

Fuel Up to Play 60: Become a Leader in Your School – Webinar

Jan. 22, 1 p.m. (Central)
Have you heard about Fuel Up to Play 60 and wondered what the buzz is all about? Come learn about this program reaching nearly 73,000 U.S. schools. Join the ranks of over 20,000 Fuel Up to Play 60 program advisors in leading your students and your school to better health. You’ll learn about program basics, what it means to be a program advisor (along with the perks that accompany the role), and how to apply for Fuel Up to Play 60 funds during our 30-minute Webinar,
To register, go to: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/877849994

Building a Wellness Team – Webinar

Jan. 29, 1 p.m. (Central)
Do you need a wellness team to be effective? Wellness teams come in many shapes and sizes. Learn how to build a team that will best meet your goals. Before you know where you want to go, you have to understand where you are. Learn about different types of school health assessment tools and how they can help move your efforts forward. We’ll cover goal-setting, timelines, budget, tracking progress and planning for sustainability during our 75-minute Webinar, Building a Wellness Team, Assessing your School’s Wellness Environment & Developing an Action Plan.
To register, go to: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/877849994

Special Events to Promote School Breakfast – Webinar

Feb. 5, 2 p.m. (Central)
Learn how to host events to engage parents, students, and other community members to highlight alternative breakfast changes at your school and incorporate them during National School Breakfast Week (March 4 - 8, 2013). Events are a great way to kick off breakfast initiatives or celebrate the successful implementation of alternative models. You’ll learn more from schools just like yours during our 60-minute Webinar, Alternative Breakfast: Special Events to Promote School.
Go to: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/843624146 to register.

Add More Activity into the School Day – Webinar

Feb. 26, 1 p.m. (Central)
Experts recommend that kids get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. There are many opportunities for physical activity during the school day. Parents will learn how to promote: more effective recess; classroom activity breaks; before and after-school programs; walking or biking to school programs and physical activity for middle and high school students during our 75-minute Webinar.
Go to: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/567837274 to register.

Success Stories

Building Healthy Schools Project Highlight: “REALITY” Party

Coordinated School Health in the Departments of Education and Health assists 6 school districts (Chamberlain, Miller, Mitchell, Wolsey-Wessington, White River and Wagner) to develop and enhance a school health council in their district through the Building Healthy Schools (BHS) Project .

The school health council’s primary purpose is to:
• Implement effective programs, policies and practices
• Promote physical activity, nutrition and healthy eating
• Reduce tobacco-use
• Increase awareness of HIV prevention
• Establish and strengthen coordinated school health services

With support from Coordinated School Health, a group of high school students from the Miller and Wolsey-Wessington school districts combined forces to provide a “REALITY” Party. The simulated house party gave parents, educators and other community members a glimpse into teen’s risky behaviors. A guided tour through the “party” provided a different situation being portrayed and explained in each area of the house.

It might be a sobering way to wake-up parents. According to the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 69% of South Dakota students in grades 9-12 report having at least one drink of alcohol on one or more days during their life. “I think a lot of parents know that their kid is going to parties, but they don’t really know what’s going on,” said junior Jonni Blake. Blake is one of a group of students that put on the “REALITY” Party for parents in the spring of 2012.

After taking the tour, one of the adult moderators leads a discussion for parents and community members about what could be done to change teen’s behavior in regard to partying. Most agreed that a lot of it came down to parents.

“We’re not here to show parents what their values should be,” Miller’s school counselor Courtney Bertsch said. “We’re here to tell them that talking to their kids will have an impact. Parties aren’t the same as they were even 15 years ago. It can be really scary and eye-opening to know that this goes on so close to home.”

The students agreed that social media has changed the landscape when it comes to house parties. “Nowadays, it’s your party and you might not even know who’s there,” student Chris Williams said. “It used to be you knew who was at your house. Now you might not even know them.”

The “REALITY” Party addresses all the risky behaviors associated with teen drinking, including impaired driving, peer pressure, illegal drug use and date rape. “I think it opens parents’ eyes significantly,” junior Cassandra Coss said. “Even watching each other, we get a taste of how parents might feel. You feel that emotion when you’re planning out a scene.”

Many of the students involved said the simulation has helped them think more carefully about their own choices and those of their friends. It can serve as encouragement to avoid that kind of atmosphere, even when they’re being pressured to do otherwise.

“When I was approached by my counselor to get involved with this, I really didn’t know what to expect,” Williams said. “But I started to enjoy it, and you get to know people from the other communities.”

The original concept for the simulated house parties began in California, and Bertsch knew some people who were involved. “They used a train-the-trainer model, so we went for it. I knew that the more teens who were involved the better. They build connections and we’ve had an awesome turnout so far. All our evaluations were really positive.”

For more information about this activity or the Building Healthy Schools Project please contact Coordinated School Health staff at (605) 773-3261.