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May 2017 Workplace Wellness Summit

Learn more about worksite wellness at the May 10 Workplace Wellness Summit: Engaging Generations of Change in Rapid City!

South Dakota Teen Ambassador Program

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension and the SDSU Wellness Center are excited to offer the inaugural Health & Wellness Summit: South Dakota Teen Ambassador Program June 14-15, 2017.

Healthy Sleep

Think of your daily activities. Which activity is so important you should devote one-third of your time to doing it? Probably the first things that come to mind are working, spending time with your family or doing leisure activities. But there’s something else you should be doing - sleeping.

Family Food Cent$ Newsletters

The Family Food Cent$ Newsletter is published by the Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Family Nutrition Program (FNP). Click on an issue below for information, tips and recipes. 2017 Family Food Cent$ Newsletters April 2017: Read the Label for Health March 2017: Keep Food Safe in a Power Outage February 2017: Healthy...

Feb 3 is National Wear Red Day – Learn Why

1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. Join the movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Support Go Red For Women by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 3, 2017. Here’s what it means to Go Red:

SDSU Extension – Aging

Over the next 20

Over the next 20 years, the number of adults over the age of 65 will increase dramatically. Gerontology is the study of the biological, psychological and social components of aging. SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialists are devoted to providing programming and information to equip SD communities to meet the opportunities and challenges of an aging population.

Local School Wellness Policy Outreach Tool

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed a ready-to-go communication toolkit designed to engage school staff and parents in school wellness. The toolkit includes flyers, presentations, newsletter articles and social media posts for sharing news about a local school wellness policy. The materials can be personalized to make them specific to local school wellness policy activities.

Each local educational agency that participates in the National School Lunch Program or other federal Child Nutrition programs is required by federal law to establish a local school wellness policy for all schools under its jurisdiction.


Have you heard the buzz on inflammation? It is a hot topic right now. Information is all over the place on the importance of avoiding inflammation. So, what is it? How do you know if you have it?

SHAPE SD Announces 2016 Teacher Award Winners

Six individuals were recognized for outstanding teaching in health and physical education at the SHAPE South Dakota Convention held October 26-28, 2016 in Deadwood. The honorees include: Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Nikki Heinz – Yankton School District Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year Stacy Anderson – Madison School District Secondary...

Ruling Sets New Requirements for School Wellness Policies

On July 29, 2016, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service finalized a new set of requirements governing school wellness polices. The ruling affects all schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program and must be completed by June 30, 2017. Wellness policies are written documents drafted by individual school districts which guide their “efforts to establish a school environment that promotes...

Are Supplements Safe?

Dietary supplements can be beneficial to your health — but taking supplements can also involve health risks. While some dietary supplements are well understood and established, others need further study. Before making decisions about whether to take a supplement, talk to your healthcare provider. What are dietary supplements? Dietary supplements include ingredients such as vitamins, minerals,...

Do you have Diabetes or Prediabetes?

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and more than one out of three people have prediabetes, but nine out of ten don’t know they have it. Could you be one of them? Prediabetes is a condition in which your blood sugar is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. Your...

Team Nutrition Sub-Grants Available to SD Schools!

South Dakota Team Nutrition Sub-Grants Due to the extension of the 2014-2016 South Dakota Team Nutrition grant, the following sub-grants are available to eligible schools and school districts until all funds are committed. Click on the sub-grant title below to learn more and to apply. Harvest of the Month Farmers Grow MyPlate School Nutrition Success...

More Communities Encourage Breastfeeding-Friendly Businesses

Aberdeen has joined Brookings in their efforts to promote the Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Initiative. A team of advocates, supporters and community leaders in Aberdeen were inspired to follow suit to encourage local businesses to pledge their support to breastfeeding moms by creating breastfeeding-friendly environments for both customers and employees! Mitchell, Hot Springs, Belle Fourche and Huron...

World Breastfeeding Week – Support Breastfeeding Moms!

On August 1-7, South Dakota will join the rest of the nation and countries around the globe in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week. The goal of the annual observance is to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies worldwide.

Healthy Habits for Lifelong Cancer Protection

Cancer affects almost everyone whether it’s a friend, family member, neighbor, classmate, co-worker, or you. But what if there were things we could do that could potentially help us protect ourselves and our families from cancer? It is not one magic super food or a new drink, pill, supplement, or drug. It is eating healthy...

Mealtime Memo-Monthly Child Care Newsletter

Mealtime Memo for Child Care is published by the USDA Institute of Child Nutrition. Memos offers information for child care providers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), focused on good nutrition for young children. Click on a memo below for information, tips and recipes.   2016 Mealtime Memos December 2016: Training,...

Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA – Fact Sheet #73

This fact sheet provides general information on the break time requirement for nursing mothers in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which took effect when signed into law on March 23, 2010. This law amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) in South Dakota

Hospital routines can help or hinder new mothers and babies while they’re learning to breastfeed. Each state receives an mPINC report that identifies opportunities for states to better protect, promote and support breastfeeding mothers and infants. mPINC is administered every two years to monitor and examine changes in maternity practices over time at all hospitals and birth centers.

Screens: Not for babies!

Many babies and toddlers absolutely love playing with touch-screen technology—and it’s no wonder! The touch screen provides instant gratification with its cool images, movements, and sounds appealing to their senses. Many parents are understandably thrilled with this interactive technology because they’ve heard (mostly through media ads) that babies can learn letters, numbers, words, and concepts....

What’s your UV:IQ?

Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. If you or your child’s skin looks “a little pink” today, it may be burned tomorrow morning. To prevent further burning,...

Do you know the risks?

Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States and are in the top five leading causes of death in South Dakota. Many people mistakenly think of heart disease and stroke as conditions that only affect older adults. However, a large number of younger people suffer heart attacks...

Healthy Children is a parenting website backed by 64,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. You'll find information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics many programs and activities, policies and guidelines, publications and other child health resources.​​

Childhood Obesity in South Dakota

Childhood obesity in South Dakota has quadrupled in adolescents and more than doubled in children over the last 30 years. This infographic illustrates some of the contributing factors and what we can do to support healthy behaviors that can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.  

50 Ways to Get Kids Hooked on the Outdoors

Encourage children to get outside wherever they can, as often as possible, and start building their own memories. Learn 50 ideas to help kids reconnect with the outdoors.

Assessment and Planning Tool: School Health Index

The CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health has released a new online version of the School Health Index: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide (SHI). The SHI allows schools to assess their policies and programs in relation to physical activity and physical education, healthy eating, tobacco use prevention, and unintentional injury & violence prevention.

National School Boards Association

Helps school policymakers and educators make informed decisions about health issues affecting the academic achievement and healthy development of students and the effective operation of schools.

National Association School Boards of Education

Provides a variety of resources for school administration related to policy development.

Constructive Classroom Rewards

The Center for Science in the Public Interest suggests rewarding students in the classroom need not involve pizza parties, candy and other foods that undermine children's diets and health and reinforce unhealthy eating habits. This site provides some suggestions for alternative rewards.

Health Occupations for Today and Tomorrow (HOTT) lesson plans

Are you looking for FREE, standardized lesson plans, games and activities for a variety of subject areas and for grade levels kindergarten through 12th grade? Do you want to ensure a rewarding and guaranteed career for your students? South Dakota’s health care industry is projected to need nearly 13,000 jobs by 2014 – an increase of nearly 30% from 2004 to 2014. The South Dakota Departments of Education, Health, Labor and the Board of Regents have been working collaboratively to address the critical need for healthcare workers in the state. Health Occupations for Today and Tomorrow (HOTT) was created to increase students’ awareness of the wide variety of health careers available to them. Find valuable information as well as a wide variety of prepared, standardized lesson plans and activities. Check out this example of one on nutrition and physical activity.

Media-Smart Youth

An interactive after-school program designed to teach young people ages 11 to 13 about the complex media world around them and how it can affect their health

NASN: Tool Kit for Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis

The Centers for Disease Control has worked with the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, and the National School Boards Association to develop comprehensive guidance and resources for food allergy and anaphylaxis management in the school setting.

Preschool: Healthy Habits for Life Resource Kit

KidsHealth and Nemours share Sesame Workshop's commitment to helping young children establish healthy habits. The kit helps incorporate healthy physical activity and nutrition habits into the everyday routine. The familiar Sesame Street characters will help you achieve your goals by keeping your students' interest and attention as they learn!

SD School Height and Weight Surveillance

The South Dakota Department of Health and the Department of Education ask schools to submit student height and weight data for kindergarten, elementary and high school students. The voluntary program to track childhood obesity in South Dakota has been underway since 1998. Data reports from previous years surveillance along with information about submitting data for the current school year.

South Dakota Department of Social Services Child Care Services

The Division of Child Care Services provides assistance to low income families who need help with child care costs while parents work or attend school. They also provide oversight, technical assistance and support in promoting safe, healthy and caring environments for children through licensing, registration and quality improvement activities.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, Overweight and Obesity (DNPAO)

Provides information on health and lifestyle.

South Dakota Adult Services and Aging

Adult Services and Aging (ASA) provides information on services and assistance for disabled adults and older South Dakotans to live independent, meaningful and dignified lives.

NIH-Senior Health

Contains age-related health information that is easy to access. The senior-friendly website features large print, short, easy-to-read segments of information and simple navigation.

National Institute on Aging

Leads a national program of research on the biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of the aging process; the prevention of age-related diseases and disabilities; and the promotion of a better quality of life for all older Americans.

Leads a national program of research on the biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of the aging process; the prevention of age-related diseases and disabilities; and the promotion of a better quality of life for all older Americans.

Administration on Aging: Health, Prevention, and Wellness Programs

Supports health, prevention, and wellness programs that help older adults remain as healthy and independent as possible in their homes and communities.


Information, advocacy, and benefits for people age 50 and over.

American Heart Association

Ideas on ways you and your child can get heart healthy together.

National Council on Aging

Improving the health of older adults

The Community Guide: What Works to Promote Health

The Community Guide is a credible resource with many uses because it is based on a scientific systematic review process and answers questions critical to almost everyone interested in community health and well-being such as:
- What interventions have and have not worked?
- In which populations and settings has the intervention worked or not worked?
- What might the intervention cost? What should I expect for my investment?
- Does the intervention lead to any other benefits or harms?
- What interventions need more research before we know if they work or not?

CDC Growth Charts

Growth charts and online training modules.

Growth charts consist of a series of percentile curves that illustrate the distribution of selected body measurements in children.


A program designed to help parents and caregivers of teens and preteens improve family eating and activity habits.

Shape Up & Drop 10

A weight management program you can live with. Their goal is to help you eat a healthier diet and adopt an active lifestyle that will offer you protection from diabetes, cancer and heart disease as we help you manage your weight. | Healthy People 2020

Healthy People provides objectives for improving the health of all Americans by 2020.

Online resource for developing strategies toward walkable communities.

MyPlate SuperTracker: My Foods. My Fitness. My Health

Get a personalized nutrition and physical activity plan. Track your foods and physical activities to see how they stack up. Get tips and support to help you make healthier choices and plan ahead.

Breastfeeding: La Leche League International

Helping mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education. Includes professional section.

Breastfeeding: CDC Breastfeeding Report Card

State-by-state data for health professionals, legislators, employers, business owners, community advocates and family members to work together to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. Measures support in key community settings and offers current data on Healthy People 2020 breastfeeding goals.

SD School Height & Weight Survey Project

Tracks childhood obesity in SD via voluntary data collected from kindergarten, elementary, and high school students. Full reports and summaries are available.

CDC Widgets

CDC offers a variety of widgets for use on websites and blogs that supply health information directly to your page. CDC provides updates on an ongoing basis.

Early Childhood Enrichment Programs

There are programs across the state designed to provide support and education to parents, teachers and childcare providers. Check out a program near you! Region 1, Rapid City: Early Childhood Connections Region 2, Pierre: Early Childhood Training Network Region 3, Aberdeen: C.H.I.L.D. Services Region 4, Brookings: Family Resource Network Region 5, Sioux Falls: C.H.I.L.D. Services  

Early Childhood Connections

Region 1, Rapid City: Early Childhood Enrichment Programs

Early Childhood Connections is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established in the summer of 1995 to offer a variety of services that provide support and education to child care providers, teachers and parents involved in the care of children.

We Can!

Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & 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.

Breastfeeding is the Best Feeding

South Dakota WIC Program site with resources for parents, employers and physicians.

SD breastfeeding resources for parents, employers and physicians.

School Health

Collaborative partnership between the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health. Through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they develop partnerships and coordinate programming to improve the health and educational outcomes of young people.

CATCH Kids Club – A Curriculum for Youth

An evidence-based curriculum for after-school and community recreation settings that includes lessons and activities to motivate heart-healthy behavior in children in grades K-5.

Worksite Wellness Displays

Healthy South Dakota has developed a series of Worksite Wellness Displays to make it easy to share health and wellness information. The displays are provided in power point format and include a list of supplies needed as well as applicable handout links to the particular topic addressed. Displays will easily fit on a 6’ table...

Working on Wellness (WOW) Newsletters

Spring 2017 Rapid City WorkWell Save the Date WorkWell Mini Grants Awarded Screening of Colorectal Cancer March is National Nutrition Month Stress Less for Success SDSU Success Story Move Your Way Through May Winter 2016 WorkWell Mini Grants Holiday Work Parties City of Huron Success Story Your Path to Heart Health American Heart Month Baked Sweet...

Community Needs Assessment Materials

The Healthy Communities program recently conducted a community needs assessment workshop to provide tools and information for communities on: Capacity building Building collaborations Sustainability Evaluation planning The community needs assessment process Implementing a needs assessment Resources from the training are posted here for community review and use Table Top Exercise What Collaboration Means for a...

When Food and Drugs Interact

When food and drinks interact with medication, the medication may not work sufficiently or the drug can become too powerful as the body has trouble handling it properly. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these common examples of food and drug interaction: Grapefruit juice interacts with several drugs and may affect the way the...

Blood Test Might Help Tell When Peanut Allergy is Gone

Findings might one day benefit patients who go through therapy to build up resistance to allergen. A type of treatment to help build up resistance in people with peanut allergy might leave telltale signs in the people’s immune-system DNA, a new study reveals. The findings suggest that a blood test for these DNA changes could...

Can Vitamin C Ward Off Stroke?

Researchers can’t say for sure, but brain bleeds were more common among those with low levels of the vitamin. In a small study, French researchers have found that people deficient in vitamin C might be at greater risk for bleeding in the brain, also called hemorrhagic stroke. Hemorrhagic strokes make up only 15 percent of...

New Obesity Weapon: Kids Teaching Kids

Children more likely to listen to peers than adults, study suggests. When older kids teach younger children about nutrition and the benefits of exercise, the little ones seem to lose weight and gain knowledge about healthy living, Canadian researchers report. Such a program — called Healthy Buddies — was tested in Manitoba elementary schools. It...

Smartphone Apps for Diabetes: Do They Really Work?

You can use them to count carbs, log blood sugar, but users say they’re no substitute for patient knowledge and a doctor’s care. Managing diabetes requires a great deal of time, memory and math skills. There are carbohydrates to count, medication doses to calculate and blood sugar levels to track. Today, there are numerous applications...

Parents of Obese Children Underestimate Weight?

Half the parents of overweight or obese children don’t think their kids have a weight problem, a new analysis reveals. A review of 69 previous studies found that nearly 51 percent of parents with overweight or obese children tended to underestimate their child’s excess weight. “They thought their children were of normal weight when their...

Added Sugar in Diet Tied to Death Risk From Heart Trouble

Sugar can be ‘hidden’ in savory foods as well as desserts and soda, experts note Doctors have long thought extra sugar in a person’s diet is harmful to heart health because it promotes chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. But the added sugar Americans consume as part of their daily diet can — on...

Give for Good Health

We are entering the season of giving which presents the opportunity to ask: What can I give this year? Local School Assistance – Schools across South Dakota are working hard to get healthier. Consider volunteering on a school wellness committee, PTO group, or helping with an event. Fuel Up to Play 60 can help get...

South Dakota Obesity Toolkit: A Clinical Toolkit for Healthcare Providers

The South Dakota Obesity Toolkit (2014 Revised Edition) has been updated by the South Dakota Department of Health and other partners to include the most current and credible resources and research surrounding overweight and obesity! The toolkit is designed to help practitioners interact with patients and together develop customized, personalized approaches to managing obesity with...

Obesity: CDC Obesity Prevalence Maps

  CDC Obesity Maps – Obesity trends among adults    

The Obesity Maps depict self-reported obesity prevalence among U.S. adults. This section offers obesity data maps by state and territory, Powerpoint slides and information about the data methodology and previous years.

Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator for children and teens

CDC has an online tool to calculate BMI-for-age for kids and teens (age 2 through 19). It displays numeric results, a graphic that shows the weight category, and plots the BMI on a printable growth chart. Check BMI-for-age annually, or more often if recommended by the child’s healthcare provider. Tracking growth patterns over time can...

I Can, You Can, We Can

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & 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. Research shows that parents and caregivers are the primary influence on this age group. The We Can! national education program...

Finding Family Time for Heart Health

Making time for a heart-healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming. But the good news is that making a few small simple lifestyle changes can lead to heart-healthy habits that require little thought or effort. You know your family better than anyone, so use that knowledge and get creative in how you can work heart-healthy habits into your...

What Is TLC?

TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) is a set of lifestyle changes that can help you lower your LDL cholesterol. TLC includes: A cholesterol-lowering diet (the TLC diet) Weight management Physical activity The TLC diet recommends: Limiting the amount of saturated fat, trans-fat, and cholesterol you eat Eating only enough calories to achieve or maintain a healthy...

Online Health Information: Can You Trust It?

There are thousands of health-related websites on the Internet. Some of the information on these websites is reliable. Some of it is not. Some of the information is current. Some of it is not. Choosing which website to trust is worth thinking about. How do I find reliable health information online? As a rule, health...

Tips to lower cholesterol

Simple Steps to Lower Cholesterol Has your doctor said you have high cholesterol? Then you know you need to change your diet and lifestyle to lower cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Even if your doctor prescribed a cholesterol drug to bring levels down, you’ll still need to change your diet and become more...

Steps to boost digestive health

Fiber for constipation When it comes to tackling constipation, it doesn’t have to be prune juice. There are plenty of other delicious, natural solutions to help keep you regular. Fill up with fiber-rich foods like cherries, peppers, beans, wholegrains, lentils, and nuts to help the digestive process. Fiber may have other health benefits too, including...

Join America’s More Matters Pledge to Fight Obesity

The obesity epidemic in America is a national health crisis. More than 60% of adults and nearly ONE in every THREE children are overweight or obese. Did you know obese children are more likely to become obese adults, with associated costs and life-threatening consequences? In fact, children today may be on track to have a...