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How Sunlight Supports Your Mental Health

Have you ever noticed that your mood is often better on a bright, sunny day? It’s not just that gray is a more depressing color than blue, there’s science behind it! Sunlight actually does support your mental health. So, how does sunlight help? How Sunlight Improves Mood As humans, we are programmed to be awake...
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April Fruit of the Month: Lemons

As April blossoms with the promise of spring, we turn our attention to a fruit that adds some zing to our culinary creations and brightens our days with its vibrant flavor – the lemon. Known for its tangy taste and versatile uses, lemons are not just a kitchen staple; they’re a nutritional powerhouse packed with...
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March Veggie of the Month: Bell Peppers

As March unfolds and the promise of spring beckons, our attention turns to a colorful, crunchy and nutritious vegetable – the bell pepper. These versatile gems come in an array of hues, each offering a unique flavor profile and a variety of health benefits. Bell peppers are also known as sweet peppers and come in...
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Get Screened During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. It’s important to be aware of colorectal cancer and its risk. Screening can help you stay on top of your health and combat early signs of cancer. What is Colorectal Cancer?Colorectal cancer is also called colon cancer. It’s...
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Tobacco Youth & Community Engagement Grant

Purpose: to support local community and organization-based efforts, promote implementation of the SD TCP State Plan, and foster collaboration among organizations across the state to reduce the toll of tobacco use in South Dakota ultimately. 
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February Veggie of the Month: Dried Beans

Packed with nutrients and versatility, dried beans are a pantry staple and a delightful addition to everyday meals. Let’s dive into the heartiness of dried beans and explore why they should be a star in your kitchen. Dried beans are an excellent source of: Dried Bean Fun Facts: Selecting the Perfect Dried Beans Choosing the...
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A Heart-Healthy Diet for Valentine’s Day

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. In 2021, about 695,000 people died from heart disease. Despite this, many people don’t take the simple steps they need to keep their heart healthy. Diet is one of the most important adjustable risk factors for heart...
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Ways to Stay Active During the Winter

When it gets cold, it can be very tempting to “hibernate.” Many people don’t want to go outside, and then become less active. Combine this with holiday feasting and you have a recipe for a little too much of yourself. One recent survey found that 58% of adults in the United States exercise less in...
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January Fruit of the Month: Grapefruit

As we enter a new year, what better way to embrace fresh beginnings than with the vibrant burst of flavor that grapefruit brings? January’s citrus star, grapefruit, is a zesty delight for your taste buds and a powerhouse of nutrients. Let’s explore the juicy details of this refreshing fruit and how you can incorporate it...
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‘South Dakota Walkable Communities’ 2024 Active Transportation Assessment Collaboration

The South Dakota Department of Health will provide one South Dakota community (or two communities as an inter-community project) with technical assistance (provided by South Dakota State University Landscape Architect Students) in conducting active transportation assessments and providing recommendations for improving the built environment to increase walkability and bike-ability within that community or joint communities.
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Mindful Eating During the Holidays

As the holiday season draws near, our calendars fill up with parties and potlucks. It’s a time of joyand togetherness, but for many, it also can bring the challenge of navigating a buffet of temptingtreats and indulgent dishes. Practicing mindful eating becomes more important than ever duringthe holiday season. Mindful eating is defined as “maintaining...
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December Veggie of the Month: Celery

Embrace the crunch! Celery makes for the perfect low calorie snack.
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November Fruit of the Month: Chokecherry

Check out chokecherries - the antioxidant rich fruit that packs a punch and compliments any meal!
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National Family Health History Day

National Family Health History Day has been celebrated on November 23rd since 2004. If that date rings familiar, it’s also Thanksgiving. This joint holiday is a great reason to have meaningful conversations with your family about genetic health issues and how to prevent them. Celebrating Thanksgiving means you’ll already be congregating with loved ones, making...
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October Fruit of the Month: Squash

You can’t beat squash—a tasty, versatile choice for the fall dinner table that's packed with fiber, vitamins, and nutrients.
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Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Treatment Funding

The South Dakota Department of Health is pleased to announce a funding opportunity, the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Treatment funding.  This funding opportunity is intended to support strategies that have a focus on prevention, treatment and/or management of cardiovascular disease. This may include chronic care coordination programs, care transition programs, self-measured blood pressure screening program,...
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September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Nearly 20% of American children suffer from obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many factors determine whether a child or teen will be severely overweight, and kids in certain groups may face more risks than others, but a healthy diet and plenty of physical activity can combat the condition.  A...
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WorkWell Mental Health Grant

The SD DOH is excited to release the WorkWell Mental Health RFA. All South Dakota businesses starting a mental health program or expanding a current program are eligible to apply. This is an opportunity for you to become a worksite that values mental wellness and fosters a supportive work culture through organizational, environmental, and individual...
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Explore the Benefits of Walking this Walktober 

 The month of October has a lot to offer – Halloween costumes, crisp leaves, pumpkin patch outings and…walking!  This October, join South Dakota University Extension in making walking a priority during the 2nd annual Walktober event. Register online by September 29th and track miles or minutes October 1st-31st. This free, statewide walking challenge is open...
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South Dakota Celebrates August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Breastfeeding is a fundamental aspect of nurturing a healthy start for infants. An executive proclamation from Governor Kristi Noem states that South Dakota officially recognizes August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month. No matter the month, South Dakotans can support breastfeeding as mothers themselves, as a support system, or as a business encouraging breastfeeding mothers in the...
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September Fruit of the Month: Apple

Apples are a sure sign that fall is coming. Easy to prepare and even easier to enjoy, they’re smart solutions for a sugar craving. Their sweetness comes from naturally occurring sugar, so you can satisfy your sweet tooth without reaching for something processed or artificial.
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August Veggie of the Month: Sweet Corn

Corn is South Dakota’s top-produced crop — and it’s not just food for cows or fuel for your car. It’s a healthy meal staple to bridge the culinary gap from summer to fall.
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July Veggie of the Month: Cucumbers

Cool as a cucumber is a totally factual statement. The cucumber is a refreshing and delicious treat on a hot summer day!
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June Fruit of the Month: Cantaloupe

Juicy and sweet without overwhelming the taste buds, the cantaloupe is the perfect fruit for hot weather. Unlike pineapples and mangos, cantaloupes aren’t acidic, so they’re a gentle (but still tasty) partner to zingier summer fruit favorites.
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May Fruit of the Month: Pea

Peas are a part of the protein food group AND the vegetable group!
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Harvest of the Month Testimonials

The Harvest of the Month curriculum has been used by parents, educators, student mentors, childcare providers, and others looking for an easy way to help educate and inspire young people to eat healthier and get comfortable with adding more fruit and vegetables to their daily routines. The lesson plans have been used with great success...
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Workwell Events

Workplace wellness is a growing practice that provides employers with information to encourage healthy habits and prevent chronic diseases among employees. The Workwell team strives to stay on top of worksite trends and information and provide South Dakota organizations with opportunities to gather, connect, and learn about ways to promote healthy environments in the workplace....
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About Us

About Us The Nutrition and Physical Activity Program aims to help South Dakotans be more physically active and eat healthier foods. Our Program works to align with the objectives outlined in HP2030, and to provide evidence-based information to support the mission and goals outlined in the Strategic Plans developed by the South Dakota Department of...
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Resources

Resources The Nutrition & Physical Activity (NPA) Program works to provide evidence-based information to support the mission and goals outlined in the Strategic Plans developed by the South Dakota Department of Health and our partners. Promoting and providing support for healthy eating and regular physical activity is foundational to the work the NPA program is...
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Media

Media As partners in health we support collaboration, networking, and teamwork. As we work together to make South Dakota healthier, we encourage you to share the educational materials available below and bookmark our short list of South Dakota program websites and social media pages as go-to local resources. Social Media & Websites Be part of...
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Model Policies to Improve Health

The South Dakota Chronic Disease Partners Model Policy Workgroup develops policies to help you make positive changes in your community. Each one is evidence-based and can be adapted to fit your specific needs. Learn how to improve the health of your community by developing and enforcing policies that can make a difference. Start by being...
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April Veggie of the Month: Asparagus

The April Veggie of the Month is Asparagus! Asparagus is a stalk-y vegetable that is both nutritious and delicious! It has the potential to grow super fast—up to 10 inches a day—and with all its nutrients, your children may just have a healthy growth-spurt of their own! Once they experience the crunchy, subtly-sweet taste of...
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2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued Dietary Guidelines every five years since 1980 to provide science-based advice on what to eat and drink to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic disease, and meet nutrient needs. The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines provide four overarching Guidelines that encourage healthy eating patterns at each stage...
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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).
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Emotional Wellness

How to improve emotional wellness Emotional wellness involves the ability to express feelings, adjust to emotional challenges, cope with life’s stressors, and enjoy life. It includes knowing our strengths as well as what we want to get better at, and living and working on our own but letting others help us from time to time. ...
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What is Wellness?

Wellness is a broad concept. There are many overlapping layers that affect our physical, emotional, and mental health. Behavioral health professionals recognize eight areas (or dimensions) of health. These areas are interconnected and build on one another to provide our overall sense of wellness. Wellness is Fluid and Can Change Over Time. We may need...
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Everything You Need to Know About Harvest of the Month

Harvest of the Month materials are designed for pre-school, elementary, or middle schoolers and can be taught in the classroom, after-school, or out of home settings. Each fruit and vegetable comes with a set of educational materials to make learning easy, tasty, and fun. Search by season for quick access to the materials you are...
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March Veggie of the Month: Garlic

Don’t let this veggie’s potency scare you. It’s a fun addition to any dish, turning a simple “yum” into a big “wow!”
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Workwell Grant

The South Dakota Department of Health is excited to release the 2024-2025 WorkWell Grant. All South Dakota businesses are eligible to apply! This is an opportunity for your worksite to send a positive, supportive message and promote healthy lifestyles by preventing, reducing, and managing chronic disease through worksite environment and policy change.
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February Fruit of the Month: Cherry

Did you know that cherries with their stems still attached are less likely to mold quickly? Leave the stems on and store them—unwashed—in your fridge for up to 10 days.
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How to Build a Walkable Community

Creating activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations (known as Active Transportation) is an evidenced-based strategy used to improve walkability and physical activity. It’s a great way to  improve public health and prevent chronic disease.  Many South Dakota communities have taken steps to create more walkable neighborhoods and connect places and spaces for all people to walk,...
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Move Your Way® South Dakota Playbook

South Dakotans need to move more! Regular physical activity can prevent and treat chronic disease, improve mental health, and enhance quality of life. There are many benefits to physical activity. And yet, many South Dakotans aren’t meeting the recommended amounts of physical activity. Our Playbook is based on the federal Move Your Way® Community Playbook....
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Move Your Way® for Parents

Making sure kids stay active with age-appropriate, enjoyable physical activities can be challenging. How much do they need? Are they getting the right type of exercise? And perhaps most importantly, how can you keep them motivated? If you are looking for answers to these questions, you’ve come to the right place! How much activity do...
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Move Your Way® During and After Pregnancy

Physical activity has important health benefits during and after pregnancy. But lots of things can get in the way—like busy schedules and conflicting advice about what’s safe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) moderate-intensity physical activity is safe for you during pregnancy if you are generally healthy. It can help reduce...
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Tobacco Disparities Grant

The Tobacco Disparities Grant promotes long-term change aimed at reducing disparate tobacco use among the following South Dakota Tobacco Control Program priority populations.
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January Veggie of the Month: Cabbage

The January Veggie of the Month is Cabbage Cabbage isn’t a vegetable many people get excited about—or think of—when planning meals. But, it’s a lot easier to work into your meals than you might imagine! And it’s worth getting to know, because its health benefits and unique texture will have you hooked. A Cabbage is...
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December Veggie of the Month: Leek

The December Veggie of the Month is Leek! Leeks aren’t getting the credit they deserve! Did you know they are actually loaded with health benefits? They contain antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and anti-cancer properties. Plus their mild, sweet flavor makes them perfect for soups or any recipe that calls for onion or garlic! A...
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Healthy Snacks on the Go

Convenience stores are stocked with lots of quick and easy sweet treats. While it might be tempting to grab a surgery snack when you’re in a hurry, you won’t get much nutrition from it. The high sugar content in some processed sweets or candy can actually make you more hungry and even drain your energy. ...
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Get the Dirt on Vegetables You Can Grow without a Garden

Growing your own vegetables is a great way to stay healthy, save money, and get your whole family excited about nutritious food. But what if you don’t have a yard or space for a garden? Container gardens, or growing your vegetables in pots, is the perfect solution! Grow your favorite vegetables or test out your...
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November Fruit of the Month: Pear

Pears are available fresh and in abundance for most of the year including winter, when many other fruits are out of season. For a convenient alternative to fresh pears, canned and dried pears are also available year-round.
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Workwell Mental Health Grant

The South Dakota Department of Health is excited to release the 2023 Workwell Mental Health Grant.  All South Dakota businesses starting a mental health program or expanding a current program are eligible to apply!  This is an opportunity for you to become a worksite that values mental wellness and fosters a supportive work culture through...
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October Veggie of the Month: Broccoli

Learn more about broccoli and check out videos with helpful tips on selection, storage and preparation.
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September Veggie of the Month: Beet

The February Veggie of the Month is Beets! Did you know that you can eat the whole beet plant! Beet tops (leaves) are cooked or served fresh as greens and are an excellent source of vitamin A. The roots may be pickled for salads, cooked or eaten raw.
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August Fruit of the Month: Eggplant

The August Fruit of the Month is Eggplant! Did you know eggplants grow on short vines, similar to tomato plants? But as you might have guessed, they do feel, look, and taste different! Eggplants have a soft, spongy flesh, with a pleasant bitter taste. When paired with other strong-flavored ingredients, eggplants can help balance the overall...
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Are Frozen and Canned Produce Just as Healthy as Fresh Produce?

Yikes! Americans aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables. An easy way to keep your kitchen stocked with healthy meal options is to add frozen and canned produce to your pantry. This can also ensure you always have nutritious options available—on a budget! A question we often hear is, “Are frozen and canned foods as healthy...
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Harvest of the Month Grant

The purpose of The Harvest of the Month grant is to actively engage children in learning about and exposing them to fruits and vegetables utilizing Harvest of the Month educational lesson plans, recipes and supporting materials. Grant recipients will be asked to submit a final report.
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July Fruit of the Month: Okra

The July Fruit of the Month is Okra! Okra isn’t native to the midwest, but it’s still a yummy fruit we all get to enjoy. Okra is a flowering plant that is almost entirely edible—really! You can eat almost the entire plant! If you’ve ever had gumbo before, you’ve likely tried this delicious food. If...
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June Fruit of the Month: Strawberry

The June Fruit of the Month is Strawberry! It’s hard to imagine someone who doesn’t love strawberries, but in case you need convincing, this information is for you! The strawberry fruit is a versatile berry that can be eaten raw or cooked—though it’s eaten raw most often. Talk about an easy snack! They’re low-carb and rich in...
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Brain Foods that May Help You Concentrate

Your brain handles a lot. It sends instructions to move muscles, makes sure organs are working, remembers information, has creative ideas, and powers every system in your body. We often eat foods that help strengthen our muscles or give us more energy—but brains need nutrition too! There are a wide variety of foods that can...
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The Best and Worst Beverages for Weight Loss

Many of us watch what we eat but not what we drink while watching our diet. That’s a mistake. Research shows that most of the sugar in the average American’s diet comes from their beverage choices. Choosing the right drinks can tweak your metabolism, curb your appetite, and help cut calories. Which drinks are the...
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May Veggie of the Month: Artichoke

The May Veggie of the Month is Artichoke! Artichokes may feel a bit alien at first, but they can be fun and delicious! Not to mention, it’s one of the top vegetables containing the most antioxidants, keeping the whole family strong and healthy. Artichoke is a Great Source of: Did You Know? How to Harvest...
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Walk & Bike to School Day: Join the Movement!

Join thousands of schools and communities around the country that participate in Walk & Bike to School annual activities. Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day are part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school. These events encourage community members to consider: There are lots of ways to get involved year...
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Fresh, Frozen and Canned ALL Count

Eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day by filling half of your plate with them each meal.
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March Veggie of the Month: Cooked Greens

Did you know, when you cook greens, more of the nutrients become available for your digestive system?
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February Veggie of the Month: Parsnip

Perhaps parsnips? The time to try this sweet, yet sturdy, vegetable is now.
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January Veggie of the Month: Spinach

Throw a little spinach in! Available year-round it can be added to almost any recipe for color and next-level nutrition!
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Physical Wellness

How to improve social wellness Physical wellness includes: There are may ways to improve physical wellness such as choosing things that make our body feel good and trimming back the things that bring us down. We can also feel better by creating a routine that balances activity with inactivity, and that is manageable within our...
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Spiritual Wellness

How to improve spiritual wellness Spiritual wellness represents your personal beliefs and values and involves having meaning, purpose, and a sense of balance and peace. It includes: Following are some questions you can ask yourself and strategies that can help you improve your spiritual wellness. As you think about the questions and strategies, make a...
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Communities That Care Funding Opportunity

The Communities That Care funding opportunity is a community-based prevention system proven to reduce youth health and behavior problems aimed at preventing, reducing or responding to risk factors like substance abuse, overdose and suicide. CTC helps local community groups develop community-specific prevention plans based on their unique levels of behavioral health problems and risk and...
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Call to Action: Park Rx

South Dakota’s medical professionals are invited to participate in the FREE Park Rx program and prescribe exercise for their patients.
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Self-Care at Work

Did you know? On average, a person spends more than one-third of their day, 5 days a week, at work! Self-care is important to weave throughout the day, including at work. Take a little time throughout the day to prioritize yourself. It can: The National Wellness Institute promotes Six Dimensions of Wellness. These dimensions are interconnected and...
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South Dakota State Walking Network Supports Walkable Communities

Activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations should be a priority for every community!   An activity-friendly route means you can safely walk or bike anywhere you need to go—the grocery store, the park, or to work.  Any age, any ability, anyone—because walking is good for your physical and mental health. South Dakota is becoming more walkable, thanks...
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April Fruit of the Month: Plum

The April of the Month is Plum! What tangy and delicious fruit is related to a cherry and peach? It’s a plum! Plums come in a wide range of colors from yellow to white or green to red. But red is the variety you see most often. Despite the color differences, all plums are nutritious...
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Good & Healthy Community Grant

The Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (OCDPHP) within the SD Department of Health (SD DOH) is committed to helping communities in South Dakota implement evidence-based chronic disease prevention and health promotion strategies to improve where they live, work, learn and play. The Good & Healthy Community Grant is designed to support local...
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Plan. Shop. Save. Prep.

The average American family spends $4,363 on groceries each year and $3,365 on eating out, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Menu planning can cut your grocery bill drastically as well has help you eat healthier. It does take time on the front end but will save you time and money on the...
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Financial Wellness

How to improve financial wellness There are many definitions of what being financially well means. In general, financial wellness involves things such as income, debt, and savings, as well as your understanding of financial processes and resources. Your satisfaction with your current financial situation and future prospects also comes into play. Following are some questions...
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October Veggie of the Month: Tomatoes

Learn 9 new ways to enjoy tomatoes and helpful tips on selection, storage and prep.
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September Veggie of the Month: Rhubarb

1/2 cup of cooked rhubarb equals 1 serving of vegetables—and remember, we want to get at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day!
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August Veggie of the Month: Carrots

It’s true - carrots actually can help your eyesight! These crunchy critters get their bright orange color from beta carotene, the antioxidant our bodies turn into Vitamin A.
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Cancer Programs Implementation Grants

The South Dakota Department of Health’s Cancer Programs are seeking applications that support the South Dakota Cancer Plan, focus on evidence-based intervention implementation, and promote equitable and accessible cancer prevention, early detection, and cancer survivorship efforts in South Dakota.
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July Fruit of the Month: Watermelon

While most of us can’t think of watermelon without thinking of summer get-togethers, watermelon’s place at American picnic tables is only the most recent development in the history of this amazing fruit.
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Tips for Shopping at Farmers Markets

Farmers markets are a wonderful part of summer that give us the opportunity to enjoy fresh, local produce and meet the people who grow it! Shopping at a farmers market is a little different than the grocery store. Here are some tips to make your trip successful and fun: Don’t forget to bring the kids!...
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Sun Safety for Child Care Programs Funding Opportunity

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COVID-19: Resources to Stay Active and Eat Healthy

Updated June 8, 2020: COVID-19 is affecting the lives of individuals and families in different ways. The Healthy South Dakota Team is dedicated to providing the best information to help you and your family stay safe and healthy.
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COVID-19: Where to Find the Facts

Times are difficult and situations are constantly changing, but the South Dakota Department of Health is here to provide facts and important information to keep you and your family safe and healthy. 
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Tips for Parents During COVID-19

Parents and teachers will play an important role in helping children make sense of the changes occurring due to the coronavirus pandemic. We need to work together to discuss coronavirus disease in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. Try to keep information simple and remind them that health and school...
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15 Tips for Healthy Cooking at Home

Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. There are many ways to make small changes toward a healthier eating style. Simple swaps can make at-home dishes healthier without sacrificing flavor: And remember, healthy eating styles can be adapted to fit the foods of all cultures. Find out more about ethnic foods for a healthy plate...
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March Veggie of the Month: Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts look like cute little cabbages. They have not been a popular vegetable until new cooking methods have given them another chance.
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Active Transportation Checklist

The Checklist will assist community leaders in starting conversations about walkability, improving the built environment, and gives a snapshot of the necessary steps for increasing active transportation with links to many resources.
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February Fruit of the Month: Grapes

The news is out—grapes are good for you! Grapes are one of the oldest cultivated plants, and have been used for food and wine for centuries. Scientists have found grape vine fossils in the Mediterranean and Asia that are over 60 million years old. Recent studies have shown this “prehistoric” fruit is more than just...
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Choosing Nutrient-Dense Foods

To eat well, it’s best to choose a mix of nutrient-dense foods every day. Nutrient-dense foods are foods that have a lot of nutrients but relatively few calories. Look for foods that contain vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats. What Foods Should I Eat? Plan your meals and snacks to include Benefits...
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Keep Moving this Holiday Season

During this busy time of year, taking time to be active is especially important. Check out these tips to avoid the holiday fitness pitfalls.
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9 Tips to Make Healthier Holiday Choices

The holidays are often filled with time-honored traditions that include some of our favorite meals and foods. Think of little changes you can make this holiday season to create healthier meals and active days.
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Planning your Thanksgiving Feast!

There are many things to think about when planning your Thanksgiving meal: finding healthy recipes, food safety, dealing with picky eaters, portion control, and what to do with all those leftovers! Fortunately, this article will help you create a healthy, balanced, and safe Thanksgiving meal the whole family will enjoy!
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Fit & Strong!

Fit & Strong! is an 8- or 12-week workshop that is designed to help participants exercise safely, improve daily function, and manage joint pain and stiffness. Workshops include a multi-component approach, with flexibility, strength training, aerobics, health education, and group discussion all included. Class activities include: group discussion goal setting lower extremity strength exercises aerobics...
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Walk With Ease

Walk With Ease is a six-week workshop designed to help participants develop and maintain a successful walking program. Topics covered include setting walking goals, techniques for coping with pain, good body mechanics, tips for walking safely, key points about arthritis, and other supporting exercises to try. This program is doctor recommended, and developed and certified...
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Healthier Vending Options in the Wicoicaga Otipi Community Center

Wicoicaga Otipi Community Center is located in Flandreau, SD on the Flandreau Santee Sioux Reservation. The Community Center has four departments: Recreation Program, Dakota Language Program, Education Program and the Tribal Day Care. The three programs work together on many events, such as Tiwahe “Family” Night, Basketball Open Gym, Teen Night, Lock-In’s, Powwows, Basketball Tournaments,...
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Pheasant Season Preparation

Fall has arrived. As the days get shorter and cooler, and the grass continues to dry out, one thing is on the mind of many South Dakotans and visitors from other states: ROOSTER! Hunting provides physical activity, emotional and social benefits and a nutritious, low-fat protein.
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Move Your Way: Physical Activity for Families

Walk. Run. Dance. Play. We all know physical activity helps us stay healthy. But finding time to move more and sit less isn’t always easy. Fortunately, we have some tips, tricks, tools, and suggestions to help your family set goals and stay motivated. Sitting for long periods of time (being sedentary) is bad for our...
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Physical Activity Benefits for Adults & Those With Chronic Conditions

There are so many health benefits to regular physical activity! The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans details specific scientifically proven benefits and offers a set of guidelines to follow for better overall health, but the point is – ANY movement is good.
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Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd Edition

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans report provides evidence-based recommendations for adults and youth ages 3 through 17 to safely get the physical activity they need to stay healthy.
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You’re a Winner When You Eat Healthy

Winner City Hall is located in Winner, SD a town of approximately 2,800 people in the south-central part of the state. City Hall is responsible for the utilities, Human Resources, and financing with the City. The City has 6 full time employees stationed at City Hall. The City employs 80-year-round employees that frequently visit City...
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It’s HOT Out There: Exercise Safe!

July and August can be some of the hottest months in South Dakota. Along with a drastic change in temperature, many individuals participate in a variety of different sports and spend prolonged periods of time in the sun during this seasonal change. The human body serves as a great temperature regulator, but without practicing proper...
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Cardiovascular Collaborative Media Toolkit

Utilize these free social media posts and videos to educate South Dakotans about heart disease, stroke, and diabetes prevention. Get started with the toolkit now!
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Avocados Are Awesome!

There are lots of reasons avocados are so popular these days. Our guacamole certainly wouldn’t be the same, but they are also becoming a regular ingredient in salads, on sandwiches, as toast toppers, and have even been making consistent appearances in smoothies and brownies. Part of the reason an avocado craze is sweeping the nation...
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Why Walk for 20 Minutes?

There are mountains of research, tons of studies, and endless reports stating Americans need to be more physically active. Of course, the truth is – most of us already know we should be more active – it can’t hurt right? But, it seems like everywhere you turn there’s different advice on how much exercise is...
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Gardening with Kids: You Can Grow It!

Getting kids to eat more fruits and veggies can be challenging, but research shows that when kids help grow fruits and vegetables, they are more likely to eat more produce and try different kinds, too. Not only that, but gardening also provides a host of learning experiences that are good for little growing minds and...
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Social Wellness

How to improve social wellness Social wellness involves having healthy relationships with friends, family, and the community, and having an interest in and concern for the needs of others and humankind. Following are some questions you can ask yourself and strategies that can help you improve your social wellness. As you think about the questions...
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Intellectual Wellness

How to improve intellectual wellness Intellectual wellness involves many things that keep our brains active. This can involve doing things that expand our intellect like looking at different perspectives of an issue and taking them into consideration. Through a number of activities—from learning about current events to organizing game nights in your home or community...
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Where to Walk & Play

With all the great places to be active in South Dakota, you may have a hard time narrowing down the choices. Fortunately, the SD Department of Health, SDSU Extension, and the SD Game, Fish & Parks teamed up to create a couple of handy lists that show some of the different activities offered in South...
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More Communities Encourage Breastfeeding-Friendly Businesses

Rapid City Regional Health has taken the pledge to be a Breastfeeding-Friendly Business. All 48 South Dakota Regional facilities are showing their support for breastfeeding moms by creating breastfeeding-friendly environments for both patients and employees. Rapid City Regional Health is the first healthcare system in South Dakota to take the pledge system-wide. “As healthcare providers,...
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Tips for Cooking Healthier at Home During National Nutrition Month®!

Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
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2-Minute Classroom Brain Break!

Take a brain break today and get your classroom up and moving!
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Stocking a Heart Healthy Kitchen

Did you know… Heart disease is the 2nd and stroke is the 6th leading cause of death in SD Together cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for 27.5% of all deaths in SD Risk factors for CVD include high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol We know that saturated fats can raise cholesterol levels and too much...
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Genetic Testing for Your Lifestyle

Genetic testing is a relatively new and growing trend, specifically genetic tests sold directly to the consumer without inclusion of a healthcare professional. However, genes are not the only thing that impact our health.
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Eating Disorders

When you are so preoccupied with food and weight that it becomes hard to focus on other important aspects of your life, it could be an early sign of an eating disorder.
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Raising Healthy Eaters in the New Year

Ring in a healthy new year by teaching kids the importance of food, nutrition and eating skills: Food to fuel busy, successful lives;Nutrition to nourish strong bodies and smart brains; andEating skills to enjoy the social aspect of meals with family and friends. As with any part of raising children, no one does a perfect...
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Is a Gluten-Free Diet Safe?

A gluten-free diet is restrictive and unnecessary for the general public. Gluten-free diets are not necessarily healthier and are only recommended for people diagnosed with celiac disease.
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Physical Activity & Cold Weather

As cold weather settles in, your exercise and physical activity may begin to decrease. Unfortunately, cold weather can discourage even the most dedicated physical activity enthusiasts. But cold weather doesn’t have to stop your outdoor activity in its tracks. Stay healthy and fit during cold weather months by establishing a plan to exercise safely during...
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The Delicious & Nutritious Superpowers of Diabetes-Friendly Foods

For people with diabetes, making the right food choices can sometimes feel complicated or confusing. And while individual dietary needs should always be carefully discussed with your doctor or nutritionist, there are a few go-to diabetes-friendly foods – sometimes called “diabetes superfoods” – that will not only come to the nutritional rescue but may also...
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Your Health is a Gift. Be Proactive and Maintain it!

The Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire (BGCSE) provides developmentally appropriate programs to enable each child to grow intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially while becoming aware of their surroundings and their abilities. BGCSE applied for and received a WorkWell Mini-Grant through the South Dakota Department of Health to focus on the health and...
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Herb App for Herb Safety and Effectiveness

HerbList™ is a mobile app that provides scientific, researched-based information about the safety and effectiveness of herbal products.
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Get Active Mitchell: City-wide signage and wellness portal gets employees moving!

The City of Mitchell (COM) employees are in multiple sites across Mitchell, SD. The worksite is vast and diverse with 189 full-time employees and hundreds of part-time employees. With the many different locations in the city, there are also multiple different job types. The COM received the South Dakota Department of Health Steps to Wellness...
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Introducing Youth to Healthier Food Options

The YMCA of Rapid City (Y) is a non-profit organization committed to helping families through programs focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Y was one of 13 worksites in South Dakota chosen for the Healthier Vending & Snack Bar (HVSB) pilot project in July 2014. The goal of the HVSB project...
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Four Easy Ways to Give During the Holidays & All Year Long

The season of giving is upon us! What can you give this year for good health?
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The Success of Early Detection

The City of Huron’s Get Fit Committee applied for and received a WorkWell Mini-Grant through the South Dakota Department of Health. The goal of the grant is to provide South Dakota worksites with funding and resources to send a positive, supportive message and promote healthy lifestyles by preventing, reducing, and managing chronic disease through workplace environment...
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Mental Health Agency Explores Self-Care Options

Catholic Social Services (CSS) is a multi-faceted social services agency that provides behavioral health services in all 22 counties of western South Dakota. CSS applied for and received a WorkWell Mini-Grant through the South Dakota Department of Health. The goal of the grant is to provide South Dakota worksites with funding and resources to send a...
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GovWell: Pierre School Staff Get Well

The Pierre Public School District’s worksite wellness program GovWell applied for and received a WorkWell Mini-Grant through the South Dakota Department of Health. The goal of the grant is to provide South Dakota worksites with funding and resources to send a positive, supportive message and promote healthy lifestyles by preventing, reducing, and managing chronic disease through...
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Employee Garden Grows Vegetables, Knowledge, and Friendships

Black Hills Surgical Hospital is a physician-owned hospital located in Rapid City. Their mission is to be the leader in providing the highest quality healthcare, recovery care, and diagnostic imaging services in an environment that is safe, convenient, and comfortable for the patients, their families, employees, and the healthcare practitioners who use the facilities. Black...
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Healthy Eating: 101

With all of the fad diets like gluten-free, ketogenic, paleo, raw foods, etc., it is hard to know what is actually considered healthy. Here are some guidelines to follow that will never go out of style.
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Thanks, I’d Rather Stand!

Central Farmers Cooperative/FREMAR, LLC (Central Farmers Coop) is an agricultural based company that provides products, services and market access in the areas of agronomy, feed, grain, and petroleum. Central Farmers Coop applied for and received a WorkWell Mini-Grant through the South Dakota Department of Health. The goal of the grant is to provide South Dakota worksites with...
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Spooktacular Menu & Healthy Halloween Tips

Kids can absolutely enjoy treats this Halloween! But it is important to find a balance. Here are some easy-to-make Halloween snacks and tips for how to incorporate some nutrition into your Halloween.
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Brookings Health System – Physical Activity Encouragement, Equipment, and Easy Access

Brookings Health System (BHS) serves the needs of Brookings, SD and surrounding SD communities. Brookings Health System is a non-profit, city-owned health system that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgery, home health, and extended care services. On the main campus, over 475 employees make up this large employer. BHS received the South Dakota Department...
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Events

Get connected and stay active! South Dakota communities are bursting with events, happenings, and ways to stay busy. There’s always something to do no matter what your interests are — you just have to know where to look. We want to encourage you to reach out and get involved in your town or neighborhood, chances...
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Concessions Kit

The Munch Code Concessions Kit is FREE! Request your kit here!
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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.
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Vending Kit

Contact us if you are interested in any of the below vending machine and snack bar signs and stickers to promote the Munch Code at your worksite. Availability is limited. 1. Free-standing sign 12.5″ x 60″—12″ metal stand included 2. Poster 17″x32″ 3. Machine Topper 36″x14″—12″ metal stand included 4. Side Mount or Hanging Sign...
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Healthier Vending Calculator

Choose a food or beverage category from the drop down menu and fill in the numbers for each of the nutrition facts from your snack label to see if you’re choosing the right snack.
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Healthier Vending & Snack Bar Toolkit

The Healthier Vending and Snack Bar Toolkit provides businesses with guidelines for incorporating healthier food and drink options in vending machines and snack bars at their workplaces. This toolkit serves two purposes: Inform employees about what they are eating and which choices are healthier. Increase choices by making healthier items more accessible, more appealing, and...
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Healthier Vending Machines & Snack Bars in SD Worksites: Grantee Evaluation

The SD Department of Health Healthier Vending and Snack Bar Policy Project was developed to provide businesses with assistance and guidelines for incorporating healthier food and drink options in vending machines and snack bars at their worksites. The below evaluation reports were developed by a third party evaluator and assess the project’s extent of success using...
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How to Incorporate Healthy Eating in Childcare Settings

Check out these videos sharing the steps, advice, and challenges to support the important transition to incorporate healthy foods into childcare centers.
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Apricot Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Apricots What’s Included in the Apricot Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Cucumber Lesson Plan

Fun Facts What’s Included in the Cucumber Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Dried Beans Lesson Plan

Fun Facts about Dried Beans What’s Included in the Dried Beans Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Dried Fruit Lesson Plan

Fun Facts What’s Included in the Dried Fruit Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Grapefruit Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Grapefruit What’s Included in the Grapefruit Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Grape Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Grapes What’s Included in the Grape Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Green Beans Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Green Beans What’s Included in the Green Bean Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Kiwi Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Kiwi What’s Included in the Kiwi Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Lemon & Lime Lesson Plan

Fun Facts about Lemons and Limes What’s Included in the Lemon & Lime Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Mandarin Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Mandarins What’s Included in the Mandarin Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Mango Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Mango What’s Included in the Mango Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Melon Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Melons What’s Included in the Melon Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Onion and Leek Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Onion and Leeks What’s Included in the Onion and Leek Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Papaya Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Papaya What’s Included in the Papaya Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Peach Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Peaches What’s Included in the Peach Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Pear Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Pears What’s Included in the Pear Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Pea Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Peas What’s Included in the Pea Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Pomegranate Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Pomegranates What’s Included in the Pomegranate Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Bell Peppers Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Bell Peppers What’s Included in the Bell Peppers Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Blueberry & Cranberry Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Blueberries and Cranberries What’s Included in the Blueberry and Cranberry Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Broccoli Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Broccoli What’s Included in the Broccoli Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Cabbage Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Cabbage What’s Included in the Cabbage Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Carrot Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Carrots What’s Included in the Carrot Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Celery Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Celery What’s Included in the Celery Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Cooked Greens Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Cooked Greens What’s Included in the Cooked Greens Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Corn Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Corn What’s Included in the Corn Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Pineapple Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Pineapples What’s Included in the Pineapple Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Plum Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Plums What’s Included in the Plum Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Raspberry and Blackberry Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Raspberries and Blueberries What’s Included in the Raspberry and Blackberry Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Root Vegetable Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Root Vegetables What’s Included in the Root Vegetables Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Salad Greens Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Salad Greens What’s Included in the Salad Greens Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Spinach Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Spinach What’s Included in the Spinach Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Squash Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Squash What’s Included in the Squash Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Strawberry Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Strawberries What’s Included in the Strawberry Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Sweet Potato Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Sweet Potato What’s Included in the Sweet Potato Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Tomato Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Tomatoes What’s Included in the Tomato Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Zucchini Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Zucchini What’s Included in the Zucchini Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Beet Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Beets What’s Included in the Beet Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Banana Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Bananas What’s Included in the Banana Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Avocado Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Avocados What’s Included in the Avocado Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Asparagus Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Asparagus What’s Included in the Asparagus Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Apples Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Apples What’s Included in the Apple Lesson Plan Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!
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Environmental Wellness

How to improve environmental wellness Environmental wellness involves being able to be and feel safe. This can include: Following are some questions you can ask yourself and strategies that can help you improve your environmental wellness. As you think about the questions and strategies, make a list of the things you will do and the...
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National Nutrition Month: Go Further with Food

March is National Nutrition Month! Learn from South Dakota's Registered Dietitian Whitney Blindert about how dairy can help "Go Further with Food".
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Get Moving Today! Activity Calendar

Check out the latest version in both English and Spanish from SHAPE America.
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Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice at Black Hills Special Services

The Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (BHSSC) mission is to build stronger communities by helping individuals and organizations reach their full potential. BHSSC accomplishes this by providing innovative and comprehensive services in education, training, and employment. These services are delivered through six organization divisions: Community and Family, Developmental Disabilities, Economic Development, Education and Workforce, Human...
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Fishback Financial Corporation – Healthier Snacks to Support Healthier Employees

FFC Headquarters in Brookings was able to replace two unhealthy vending machines with a healthy snack bar through the SD Healthier Vending & Snack Bar project. Check out this article to learn more about their success, challenges, and lessons learned.
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Coconut Oil – Healthy or Unhealthy?

Coconut oil is a hot topic right now with daily news headlines claiming everything from weight loss to a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, making people intrigued but also confused. So is it healthy or unhealthy? Here are some facts about coconut oil...
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Avocados: Good or Bad?

 The Good, the Bad & the Unsaturated Here’s the good news: according to the American Heart Association both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated (which are both unsaturated) fats may help improve your blood cholesterol when used in place of saturated and trans fats. Translation: eating foods that are rich in unsaturated fats – such as salmon, walnuts,...
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Good Choices Can Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

It’s true! There are things you can do right now to help prevent Type 2 Diabetes and the best part is that making these choices can also lower your risk for other diseases and health-related problems. Let’s start with the basics: Always talk to your doctor or health care professional first. There are certain risk...
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What Recess Should Look Like

Kickball, tag and swinging across the monkey bars may be the highlight of your child's day for more reason than one, but experts say recess is also critical for your students health.
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Tips for Starting Solid Foods

Starting solid foods is an important part of your baby’s development. Use these tips to start solid foods off right — and set your baby on the road to healthy eating for life!
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Finding Balance: Calories & Physical Activity

By balancing the calories you eat in healthy foods like fruits and vegetables with daily physical activity, you can maintain a healthy weight.
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Childcare Providers: Check out this Months Mealtime Memo!

Each month new information, tips, and recipes focused on good nutrition for young children are shared.
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Make it a Whole Grain

Whole grains are healthier than refined grains. They contain the entire seed which includes lots of nutrients like protein, dietary fiber, iron and many B vitamins.
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Eating Healthy on a Budget

You CAN avoid the junk food habit. When you plan ahead, healthy eating can be affordable!
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Making Time For Exercise

5 tips to get your physical activity in each week.
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Portion Size Matters

Here's a quick guide to food portion sizes using everyday objects.
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RX Form Confirmation – GEN POP

Thanks for your request! We will contact your healthcare provider and encourage them to participate in the Park Prescription Project by sending them everything they need to prescribe a day in the park. In the meantime, please contact your doctor or clinic and tell them you’d like a Park Rx!
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Get Movin’!

When you decide you want more physical activity, pick an activity you enjoy that fits into your life.
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Are All Sugars Created Equal?

Natural versus added sugar...what's good for you and what's not?
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What is a Healthy Weight for Me?

Body Mass Index or BMI is an inexpensive and fast way to determine your weight category - underweight, normal or healthy weight, overweight and obese.
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Choose a Healthy Drink!

Check out these tips to help you choose a healthy drink.
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Benefits of Breastfeeding: Parents, Physicians & Business Owners

We know breastmilk is best for baby because the benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition – but breastfeeding takes teamwork. Support from dad, family, friends, physicians, and business owners can all play a critical role in making breastfeeding successful. Knowledge is one of the most powerful tools. No matter what your role –...
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RX Form Confirmation – Provider

Thank you for submitting your request.We’ll be in touch soon! If you have questions, contact Larissa.Skjonsberg@state.sd.us
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Food Safety Cook-Off

Check out this video to learn about important food safety tips when cooking at home.
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Ready to Pedal? It’s Bike Month!

Celebrate National Bike Month this May by biking to work, school, the store, park, pool and anywhere in between.
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Use the FITT Chart to Get Fit!

Have you ever had a hard time picking a fitness plan or exercise program? There are a million plans out there! Which one is best? Which one fits into your lifestyle? Which one guarantees results? Create a plan that “fits” you. Based on your own goals and circumstances fill in a FITT Principle chart. This...
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Is Your Child Getting too Much Salt?

Most kids get too much salt, but you can help set them on a healthier path from the start by learning what the highest sodium foods kids are eating. Foods that add the most sodium to the diet, ages 6-18: The sodium kids eat comes from every meal and snack: Most of the sodium kids...
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SD’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Dustin Hermansen!

Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassador Dustin Hermansen celebrates the success of South Dakota schools by spending a day with South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard. How do Governor and First Lady Daugaard fuel up every day? View the video to find out! Source: Midwest Dairy Council
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Grab N’ Go to the Classroom

Check out this video to learn more about how Grab n' Go school breakfast programs are getting more kids eating breakfast around the country.
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Exercising with Osteoporosis: Stay Active the Safe Way

If you have osteoporosis, you might mistakenly think exercise will lead to fracture. In fact though, using your muscles helps protect your bones. Osteoporosis is a major cause of disability in older women. A bone-weakening disorder, osteoporosis often results in fractures in the hip and spine—which can severely impair your mobility and independence. How can...
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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.
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Helping Kids Get Active

Today, there’s a world of entertainment for kids that has nothing to do with playing outside. Establishing healthy activity and eating patterns needs to start at a young age.
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Make Your Valentine’s Day Classroom Party Chocolate-Free

Think outside the heart-shaped box and use classroom parties as a time to learn about healthy snacking. Try these Valentine's Day party treats that feature dairy, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
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Occupational Wellness

How to improve occupational wellness Occupational wellness involves participating in activities that provide meaning and purpose and reflect personal values, interests, and beliefs, including employment. Following are some questions you can ask yourself and strategies that can help you improve your occupational wellness. As you think about the questions and strategies, make a list of...
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Two Types of Inflammation

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?
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Wurth Electronics Midcom Inc. – Better Environment for Better Health

Wurth Electronics Midcom, headquartered in Watertown, was chosen as one of 10 worksites in SD for the Steps to Wellness Pilot Project in 2014 receiving grant funds to implement policy, system and environmental change to increase physical activity at work. A Steps to Wellness Committee was formed of volunteers from various departments within the organization to determine how to...
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How Much is Enough Exercise

As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others. Not...
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A Healthier Snack Bar at Evans Plunge Mineral Springs

Evans Plunge Mineral Springs, commonly known as Evans Plunge, is a water park, recreation and tourist destination in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Hot Springs is known for just that, its natural river of warm water springs. Evans Plunge was built in 1890 over the numerous small, sparkling springs and one mammoth spring of mineral water....
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Horton, Inc – Don’t Just Sit There

The challenge for our project was finding the perfect adjustable workstation that was affordable. With a limited amount of funding through the 2015-2015 South Dakota Department of Health WorkWell Mini-Grant, we wanted to be able to purchase as many workstations as possible. We also wanted to make sure they were easy to operate and ensure employees...
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Voyage FCU Well-Being Program

The value of “employee health” at Voyage Federal Credit Union is something that didn’t mean much prior to 2010; but it has changed quite a bit since 2013—all for the better! Employee health and well-being has become quite successful over the past several years at our organization including a complete change of our mission, values...
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Spearfish Recreation & Aquatics Center Promotes Healthier Snacks

The Spearfish Recreation & Aquatics Center (SRAC) receives 150,000 plus visitors annually to its water park and rec center. Since opening in 2008, the center has wanted to offer healthier concession items in their Snack Shack. The Healthy South Dakota Munch Code was an obvious fit to offer an increased variety of healthier food and...
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Pierre CASA

The Capital Area Soccer Association (CASA) involves around 500 plus players in spring, fall, and indoor-winter soccer programs. In 2011 the CASA Board of Directors and parents felt a need to offer healthier snack and beverage options—less sugar, fat and salt—to all those involved in the program as players and spectators.  Learn how CASA adopted...
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Pierre ACHIEVE

The Pierre ACHIEVE (Action Communities for Health, Innovation and Environmental change) vision began with knowing changes were needed to reverse the rising trends in chronic disease, obesity and unhealthy lifestyles. The ACTION committee of volunteers has three divisions—workplace, schools and community at large—and is working to promote positive change for the community. Goals include instituting...
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Huron Get Fit

Back in 2012, the buildings on the Huron University campus were blighted and needed to be torn down. The Mayor at that time was instrumental in creating Splash Central Water Park on the old college campus. The Campus Center building was saved from demolition and became the home of the Huron Park & Recreation Department,...
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Healthy Schools Program 2014-2015 Award Winners

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to empower kids to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health. The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program helps to create and sustain healthy environments where students, especially those in greatest need, can learn more and flourish. The Healthy Schools Program...
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Sencore – Encouraging an Active Lifestyle at Work

Sencore, a video broadcast equipment supplier and manufacturer in Sioux Falls, recognized primarily sedentary behaviors in its staff. Sencore knows the impact that physical activity has on its employees and wanted to create an environment that offered physical activity opportunities during the workday. In 2014, Sencore applied for and received a South Dakota Department of...
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South Dakota’s Steps to Wellness Program Gets Employees Moving at Work

Summary The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) partnered with worksites from all over the state to promote and increase access to workplace wellness programs through the Steps to Wellness Workplace Physical Activity Grant. Employers across the state were provided trainings and resources to help set up worksite wellness policies that support healthy work environments....
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Aspire, Inc – Progress Toward Healthier Vending Machines

Aspire, Inc is a non-profit agency in Aberdeen, SD that assists people with developmental disabilities. Finding ways to provide education on healthy lifestyle choices can present many challenges. An increase in obesity, decline in physical activity and the need for better education on food choices and portions were noted—not only for the people Aspire supports, but also the...
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Tri-State Flooring – Wellness Program

Tri-State Flooring, a small company with 25 employees located in Sioux Falls, has owners who care about their employees’ health. They understand the benefit that a wellness program can bring not only for the employees but also for their company as a whole. In April 2012, Tri-State Flooring, with assistance from WellConneXions, incorporated wellness into...
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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...
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USDA Local 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...
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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,...
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Shake the Winter Blues

Wintertime brings early darkness, cold days, and busy schedules. These new changes can create a variety of feelings, including winter blues.” If you’re feeling blue, exercise might be the last thing on your mind. But, instead of falling into a slump and skipping your workouts, use the winter months as a time to refocus and...
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Realistic & Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

The holidays are a time to enjoy friends, family, and food. And contrary to popular belief, you can have all three without worrying about putting on extra pounds! The secret…mindful preparation and mindful eating! Don’t skip meals throughout the day.This will likely result in overeating later. Eat balanced meals and snacks just like any other...
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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...
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You Can Decrease Your Cancer Risk. How? Move More!

A new study has shown that more leisure-time physical activity is associated with a lower risk of developing 13 different types of cancer! Leisure-time physical activity is exercise done at one’s own discretion, often to improve or maintain fitness or health. Examples include walking, running, swimming, and other moderate to vigorous intensity activities. In this study, the...
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Power-Packed Protein for Back-to-School

It’s back-to-school season which means including power-packed protein—such as milk, cheese, and yogurt—in meals, school lunch boxes, and snacks. Dairy protein keeps you feeling fuller longer and delivers important nutritional benefits. Add dairy protein to your diet for all-day energy. It is recommended that 10-35% of total daily calories come from protein. For a 2,000 calorie...
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A New Look for the Nutrition Label!

Check out this side-by-side comparison of the original label and the NEW label. The new label must be on food packages by July 26, 2018. However, food manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales will have an additional year to comply (July 26, 2019). So what’s different? The Look: Daily Values: Trans...
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Food & Drink Guidelines for Childcare Centers, Daycares & Adult Care Homes

Childcare centers, daycares, and adult care homes offering meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) have added a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat to their meals and snacks. CACFP plays a critical role in supporting the wellness, health, and development of...
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Walk Walk Walk

South Dakota—it’s time to walk! Walking is one of the easiest ways to increase physical activity levels. The Surgeon General wants walking to become a national priority and we are following in those footsteps by encouraging everyone to walk: walk more, walk often, walk with friends, walk about 20 minutes, walk at work, walk with...
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Active in the Workplace Series

On average, today’s adults work approximately 8 hours per day. For many, time at work is primarily sedentary—time spent sitting during waking hours in the form of computer use, reading, meetings, and driving or riding in a car. Fitting activity into your work schedule can be challenging, but there are small things you can do throughout the...
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Contact Us

Megan Erickson, MS, RDN, LN Nutrition Field Specialist, SDSU Extension Megan.Erickson@sdstate.edu 605-626-2870 Megan Hlavacek, MS, RDN, LN Healthy Foods Coordinator, South Dakota Department of Health Office of Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Megan.Hlavacek@state.sd.us 605-598-6277
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Breastfeeding Related Download Materials

B•E•S•T Feeding: Each Ounce of Mother’s Milk CountsBESTFeedBrochure.pdf Staff Training: Education & Expectations of a Breastfeeding-Friendly BusinessBESTFeedStaffTrainSingle.pdf Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSABESTFeedFactSheet.pdf Workplace Breastfeeding Support Model PolicyBESTFeedSupportPolicy.pdfBESTFeedSupportPolicy.doc School Breastfeeding Support Model PolicyBESTFeedSchoolSupportPolicy.pdfBESTFeedSchoolSupportPolicy.doc Lactation Space Checklist BESTFeedChecklist.pdf Employer Breastfeeding Accommodation FormThe Breastfeeding Accommodation Form was designed as a communication tool between employer and employee to...
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Creating Workplace Lactation Spaces

When businesses provide breastfeeding and lactation-friendly environments, you are proving your commitment to mothers, children, and families—everybody wins! Below you’ll find best practices for communicating to staff about policy best practices and how to create optimal workplace lactation spaces. Communication and Policy Best Practices View this video for easy-to-follow communication and policy best practices. Learn...
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Spice It Up During National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month! Discover new and exciting tastes while trimming salt from your cooking. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to experiment with new combinations of herbs and spices as you savor the flavor of eating right. You have likely heard the advice to use less salt and more herbs and...
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Walking Toolkit: Improve Your Health, Well-Being & Quality of Life

Did you know that walking is the #1 physical activity of choice for South Dakotans? We walk for fun. We walk for exercise. We walk for transportation, and we walk to connect – with each other and with our environment. This toolkit is for anyone who wants to walk more and inspire others in their...
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Cancer Prevention Starts with Healthy Habits

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? There is no single magic superfood, drink, pill, supplement, or drug that does the trick–but eating healthy and being...
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Funding Opportunities (Hyphenated Redirect)

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2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines are Finally Here

Have you heard? The new Dietary Guidelines have finally been released! What does this mean for you as a health professional? The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans focus on five main points: follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats, and...
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Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities Throughout the year a number of grants are made available to help communities, schools, organizations, and businesses in South Dakota promote and encourage physical activity, healthy eating, and overall health and wellness. Details are listed below. Take a peek.
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Bone Health and Your Diet

Having good bone health can help prevent against falls and serious injuries. What you eat and drink can have an impact on your bone strength. Here are some diet tips to help ensure your bone health: Get the Right Amount of Protein Seniors should get about 80 grams of protein every day. Although most seniors...
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Is Your Kid Over-Caffeinated?

Sodas, coffee, tea, and energy drinks. Each of these is a source of caffeine. Approximately 75 percent of children, adolescents, and young adults in the United States consume caffeine, a compound that stimulates the central nervous system. In small doses, caffeine may help people of all ages feel more alert, awake, or energetic. But what...
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Healthier Foods and Beverages at Meetings and Presentations Model Policy

The Healthier Foods and Beverages at Meetings and Presentations Model Policy is designed to help businesses offer healthier food and drink options at all business sponsored and/or coordinated meetings and presentations.
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Breastfeeding Support Model Policy

Supportive breastfeeding policies and practices in the workplace not only benefit the employee but also provide a number of benefits to the baby and the employer. The Breastfeeding Support Model Policy was developed to provide businesses with guidelines and guidance on ways to support breastfeeding employees including information on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...
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Exercise When You Have a Cold

It’s that time of year again—sore throats and the sniffles seem to be abundant and hard to avoid. With a change in your normal health status, you may question how being sick influences your physical activity routine. Prevention is key and a great way to decrease the risk of getting sick is engaging in regular...
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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....
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8 Gameday Nutrition Tips for Young Athletes

If you’re a high school athlete, you’ve probably gone to practice or a game with a rumbling, empty stomach. You might not realize this, but eating right on gameday is your secret weapon for top-notch performance, whatever your sport. While training and skill are important, your body’s fuel matters, too. That’s why you need a...
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South Dakota Physical Activity Study 2014

At 53.7%, South Dakotans recently surpassed the National median (50.6%) when it comes to meeting recommended physical activity guidelines for aerobic exercise. However, we still rank lower than many of our surrounding states. Studies have shown that 71% of “inactive” South Dakotans are either overweight or obese, putting them at significant health risk. In November...
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Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

Physical activity is one of the most important things Americans can do to improve their health. Regular physical activity can reduce the burden of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers, and can prevent early death. Despite the known health benefits of being physically active, only one-half of U.S. adults and about...
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Fitness Trends: Barre Workouts

Ballerinas have been doing Barre workouts for years, and now in the 21st century these awesome workouts are becoming mainstream. Ballet Barre workouts have been become very popular in the last 10 years and have found their way to South Dakota. What is a Barre Workout? Barre workouts are a combination of yoga and Pilates...
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School Success Starts With Dairy

A daily breakfast with dairy leads to not only better overall nutrition, but better school performance as well. As kids head back to class, make sure to include dairy and breakfast in their days to set them up for success throughout the school year. Breakfast Boosts Brain Power: Research shows that kids who eat a...
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Fruits & Veggies—More Matters!

The USDA recommends eating 5 – 9 servings of fruits and veggies per day. That might sound like a lot, but it’s easy if you follow MyPlate’s tips: Why are fruits and veggies important to eat? Click on each nutrient to see a list of fruits & veggies that are “high” and “good” sources. Remember—beans and...
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Physical Activity Guidelines: Fall into Fitness

Many consider Fall one of the most beautiful times of the year. Changes in the natural outdoor colors, the arrival of cool weather, and the sight of farmers in the field all make this season a gorgeous time of year. Fall offers the opportunity for engagement in a number of outdoor activities, in a cool...
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State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2014: SD Action Guide

Accompanies the State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2014, and provides a summary of state-specific data and potential actions that the state health department can take to enhance access to places for physical activity.
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Staying Active in a Rural Community

In South Dakota, we are surrounded by small towns with low populations. Memberships to fitness facilities, gyms, recreation centers, or community physical activity opportunities may be slim, if available at all. With constant messaging about the benefits and importance of being physically active, one may wonder how they can keep active with limited access to...
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Sodium Initiatives: Reducing Risk for Heart Disease and Stroke with Food Label Warnings

New York City is setting an outstanding example by working with food manufacturers and the restaurant industry to lower the salt levels in commonly consumed products! The NYC Health Department is coordinating an unprecedented public-private partnership to help prevent heart disease and strokes by reducing the amount of salt in packaged and restaurant foods. The National Salt...
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Fun Family Recipes

As parents and caregivers, you make a big difference in what your kids think and do. When children see you making healthy choices—such as eating right and being active—there’s a good chance they’ll do the same. Nutritious food doesn’t have to be bland or take a long time to prepare. Get the whole family to...
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Team BEEF South Dakota

Team BEEF South Dakota is a community of runners and cyclists who recognize the nutritional benefits of lean beef and the vital role high-quality protein plays in their training. Team BEEF South Dakota is open to all South Dakotans who want to promote beef, be physically active, and showcase eating beef in a healthy lifestyle....
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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,...
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Park It: Health Benefits of Enjoying the Outdoors

Spending time outdoors, specifically at parks, offers many health benefits to both adults and children. The open space, green grass, trees, and other natural features may improve mood, reduce stress, or increase feelings of overall relaxation. One of the most obvious benefits parks and outdoor spaces offers is a place for people to engage in...
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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...
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Nutrition & Physical Activity State Plan

The Nutrition and Physical Activity State Plan was developed to guide the work of the South Dakota Department of Health and the HealthySD Stakeholders to help South Dakotans be more physically active and eat healthier foods. The plan identifies evidence-based objectives, strategies, and activities to create a sustainable obesity prevention system that focuses on policy,...
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150-Minute Physical Activity Challenge

In response to the Healthy People 2020 goal to get 55.1% of adults to meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic activity, the South Dakota Department of Health issued a 150-Minute Physical Activity Challenge. Physical activity data in SD shows how SD compares to surrounding states and the nation. The infographic (letter-size | tabloid size)...
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DASH = Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension

DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a flexible and balanced eating plan that helps create a heart-healthy eating style for life. The DASH eating plan requires no special foods and instead provides daily and weekly nutritional goals. This plan recommends: Eating vegetables, fruits, and whole grains Including fat-free or low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry,...
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Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Patterns in South Dakota

There is an existing body of nationally based surveillance data pointing to fruit and vegetable consumption patterns which identify South Dakota as having one of the lowest percentages of adults consuming vegetables three or more times per day, one of the lowest fruit intake percentages, as well as an ongoing downward trend. A small amount...
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Fruit and Vegetable Survey of South Dakota Producers and Grocers

This report of local grocers in South Dakota was a part of the “Food Systems Review: Fruit and Vegetables in South Dakota” project. The purpose of this study was to examine key factors that affect the consumption, distribution, and production of fruits and vegetables in South Dakota. The survey was conducted in 2013 and used...
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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 Enrichment 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
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FDA Announces Rules for Menu & Vending Machine Nutrition Labeling

November 25, 2014—Section 4205 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires certain restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations to list calorie content information for standard menu items on restaurant menus and menu boards. Other nutrient information—total calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat,...
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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...
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Working on Wellness (WOW) Newsletters

Monthly worksite wellness newsletter from the South Dakota Department of Health—Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. 2022 WOW Newsletters December Coming soon November October Breast Cancer Awareness Month Funding Opportunities September Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Exercise Your Brain August Healthier Worksite Funding: Harvest of the Month & Breastfeeding Friendly Business July Upcoming Training...
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Center for Independence Wellness Program

Summary A WorkWell Mini-Grant was awarded to the Center for Independence in Huron in 2011. The Center for Independence has several employees and serves adults with developmental disabilities. The Center for Independence committee and staff responsible for this grant faced several challenges in their first year. Overall they have made good progress and have seen...
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Falcon Plastics – Preventive Exam Participation

Falcon Plastics is a South Dakota based manufacturer that employees 260 individuals across three South Dakota workplaces and a fourth in Tennessee. In 2011 their team took on an initiative to increase their member preventive exam rates as part of their continuing pursuit to positively influence the health and wellness of their employees and family members...
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Community Needs Assessment Materials

The Healthy Communities program 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 use Table Top Exercise What Collaboration Means for a Community The Eight...
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Be Mindful of Food & Medication Interactions

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...
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Physical Activity and Your Toddler

During the toddler developmental years, manipulative, locomotor, and non-locomotor skills begin to emerge. These fundamental skills are the prerequisites for more complex skills of later childhood and adulthood. Recent research suggests that if children do not master these fundamental motor skills during childhood, they may be less physically active as an adult. Toddlers should have...
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Download & Print

The materials available for download here include infographics, posters, and newsletters shared primarily through the South Dakota WorkWell Program. We encourage you to look around, use, and share these resources. A variety of additional print materials can also be accessed from the SD Department of Health DOH Online Resource Center. Items can be downloaded and printed...
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Getting Kids to Help in the Kitchen

Cooking with your kids is a good way to help them build healthy eating habits. Most kids enjoy helping in the kitchen. While they help you cook, you can talk to them about healthy foods. Children like to eat food they make. This is a good way to get them to try new healthy foods....
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Community Recreational Trails in South Dakota

One of the under used treasures in South Dakota are the many, many miles of trails through out the state, both in parks and in local communities. Many cities and towns in South Dakota have started on the ‘path’ to wellness and healthy lifestyle by adding walking, hiking, and biking trails to encourage exercise. Regular...
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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...
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Can Vitamin C Ward Off a 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 all...
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Teens Eat Too Much Salt, Raising Obesity Risk

Researchers found that kids consume at least twice the recommended daily amounts. American teens are taking in as much dietary salt as adults, far exceeding guidelines on healthy limits for daily consumption, research warns. The investigation tracked the week-long eating habits of more than 760 black and white high school kids. It found that, on...
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The Buzz on Energy Drinks

Researchers warn the stimulants found in energy drinks can increase blood pressure, heart rate, and have harmful effects on the nervous system. Energy drinks often contain heavy doses of caffeine and added sugars. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that children and teens are now getting less caffeine from soda,...
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Moderate Exercise May Cut Women’s Stroke Risk

Brisk walking, tennis and other types of moderate exercise may lower a woman’s stroke risk by one-fifth, a new study says. Being more active also offset the increased stroke risk linked with using hormone replacement therapy to treat the symptoms of menopause, the study found. The researchers looked at the number of strokes that occurred...
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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...
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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...
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Why Fruits and Vegetables Matter for Men

Compared to people who eat only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more – as part of a healthful diet — are more likely to reduce their risk of chronic diseases. Depending on age and level of physical activity, men should eat between 2 to 2 1/2 cups of fruit and 2...
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Heart Healthy Meals for Busy Parents

Time and time again, parents say time is their enemy when it comes to preparing healthy meals. “When healthy eating is a low priority, the results are the escalating obesity and chronic disease rates we see today,” said Aaron Feest, a registered dietitian at the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wis. “Healthy eating habits break...
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How to Make Your Desk Job Healthier

Nearly 1 in 4 people blame aches and pains on their work environment because they remain in the same position for long periods of time. Is there something we can be doing about this? After all, we spend most of our day working and usually sitting and don’t actually have a choice to up and...
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Yoga: Anywhere for Anyone

Yoga practice involves breath work (pranayama) to connect the mind and body, as well as to connect our thoughts and feelings with movement. Yoga is a great indoor activity with many different styles that work for all ages and levels of physical activity. Benefits of practicing yoga Yoga provides a number of physical, mental, and...
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Winter Time: Get Up & Outside!

Wow, it's winter! Get out and enjoy all the frosty frills winter has to offer! There’s a lot to do beyond the couch for individuals, as well as families.
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Target Heart Rate

When talking or learning about exercise, you often hear the word “intensity”. Intensity refers to how hard a person works to do a select activity. The two most often examined intensities in exercise are moderate and vigorous intensity. For many individuals, determining if you are working at a moderate or vigorous intensity may be tricky....
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Choose Smart, Choose Healthy

It’s your life. You’re in control. When you choose to eat right and stay physically active, you choose a healthy lifestyle. Including fruits and vegetables with every meal is a smart place to start, because they’re great for your body. Most fruits and vegetables are fiber-rich, nutrient-dense foods — meaning they’re packed with valuable nutrients...
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Benefits of Pilates and Moves that Get Results

Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on body conditioning and strength training. What sets Pilates apart is its focus on toning the muscles with springs, bands, or your own body weight. Similar to yoga and tai chi or other forms of exercise that focus on intentional movement, pilates has a number of health...
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What to Feed Your Preschooler

Feeding your preschooler can be challenging at times. Since one in four children between the ages of two and five are at risk of being overweight, healthy eating is extremely important. Children this age need the same variety of foods in their diets as older children and adults. The portion sizes are about half the...
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Classroom-Based Physical Activity Interventions

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends two classroom-based interventions to increase physical activity: physical activity breaks and physically active lessons. Evidence suggests these interventions increase physical activity and results in improvements in educational outcomes. Both types of interventions can be delivered by trained teachers who have access to web or video resources designed...
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USDA Makes Permanent Meat and Grain Serving Flexibilities in National School Lunch Program

WASHINGTON, January 2, 2014 – Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon today announced that USDA is making permanent the current flexibility that allows schools to serve larger portions of lean protein and whole grains at mealtime. “Earlier this school year, USDA made a commitment to school nutrition professionals that we would...
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The White House and USDA announce School Wellness Standards

First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announce proposed school wellness standards and roll out of breakfast and lunch programs for schools that serve low income communities Washington, DC (February 2014)—Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joins U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to announce proposed guidelines for local school...
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South Dakota Obesity Toolkit: A Clinical Toolkit for Healthcare Providers

The South Dakota Obesity Toolkit (2014 Revised Edition) has been provided by the South Dakota Department of Health and other partners to include credible resources and research surrounding overweight and obesity. The toolkit was designed to help practitioners interact with patients and together develop customized, personalized approaches to managing obesity with patients of all ages....
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Healthy South Dakota Concessions Model Policy

This policy was developed to assist local communities in improving the concession stand (or c-stand) nutrition environment and to promote healthy eating among youth and families. Whether you are a contracted concessionaire, a youth sports program leader or coach, a civic volunteer, an involved parent, parks and recreation staff member, school employee, or other community...
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South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Fitness Passport Challenge

The GFP Fitness Passport Challenge encourages people of all ages to get outdoors and visit South Dakota State Parks, the state fish hatcheries and The Outdoor Campuses. To get started you can pick up a passport book at any state park or GFP office or visit the GFP website to request a copy. WHOVisitors to...
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What to Consider with a High Protein Diet

The Goal is Weight Loss High-protein diets take their lead from the low-carb craze. The goal is to lose weight by eating more protein-packed foods, which often means consuming fewer carbohydrates. The portion of total calories derived from protein is what defines a high-protein diet. In a typical diet 10%-15% of daily calories come from...
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How to Limit Screen Time and Encourage Activity

Experts recommend that kids get no more than 1–2 hours of TV/computer/video games a day. But did you know that most kids today get 4–6 hours of these combined things daily? You know your child needs to watch less TV or put down their computer or iPod, but you’re dreading the screaming, yelling and crying...
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Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator for Kids and Teens

CDC has an online tool to calculate BMI 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...
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We Can: Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition

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 provides...
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Kids Portion Size Versus Serving Size

Do you know how much your kids are really eating? Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the portions our kids are eating are the right serving size for their nutritional needs.  Portion sizes have increased drastically over the years, contributing to the rising childhood obesity rate. Understanding Healthy Portions Can be Hard Here’s why:  Clearing...
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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...
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Family-Friendly Activity Ideas

Help your children form healthy habits for life and improve their school performance by making activity part of your family life. Most active kids have active parents and families, so it’s important to model the behavior for them. Make sure it’s fun, and really integrated into your life, not forced. Ideas to try: Plan physical...
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Core-Strength Exercises with a Fitness Ball

Fitness balls, sometimes called physio balls or Swiss balls—are large, vinyl balls that can be used to aid exercise. They help strengthen the muscles in your abdomen and back, improve core stability, and balance. They can also help reduce stiffness, decrease fatigue, and improve strength in your muscles. Core-strength Exercises Core-strength exercises strengthen your core...
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Important Nutrients to Know: Water

It’s important for your body to have plenty of fluids each day. Water helps you digest food, absorb nutrients from food, and then get rid of unused waste. Water is found in foods—both solids and liquids, as well as in its natural state. What To Drink As You Get OlderLearn about why it’s important for...
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What Are Chia Seeds?

When you hear “chia” your first thought may be of the green fur or hair of Chia Pets, collectible clay figurines. But did you know that chia seeds can also be a healthful addition to your diet? Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family. Salvia hispanicaseed is...
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The Health Benefits of Tea

Across the country, restaurants, cultural venues and retail shops serve premium teas, while supermarkets, convenience stores and vending machines are stocking bottled tea. According to the Tea Association of the USA, the number of Americans who will drink tea today is about 160 million, about half of the U.S. population. And, 2012 continued with the...
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Cooking Tips for One

It can be tricky when cooking for one (or even two) to make the most of your ingredients and to minimize dishes — particularly when many recipes focus on making a meal for a family and serve four to six people. But just because you have a smaller household doesn’t mean you should abandon the...
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Balance Exercises

Having good balance helps in preventing falls, and injury, and simply makes your daily activities easier to perform. Practicing balance exercises daily does not have to take a long time or be complicated. When you’re ready to try balance exercises, start with weight shifts: View Mayo Clinic’s slideshow for more exercises you can use to...
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What’s the Difference Between Exercise and Physical Activity?

Exercise is a form of physical activity that is planned, structured, and repetitive such as weight training, tai chi, or an aerobics class. Physical activities are activities that get your body moving such as gardening, walking the dog, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Including both in your life will provide you with...
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Understanding Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins Vitamins help your body grow and work the way it should. There are 13 vitamins—vitamins C, A, D, E, K, and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, B6, B12, and folate). Vitamins have different jobs–helping you resist infections, keeping your nerves healthy, and helping your body get energy from food or...
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Yoga in your 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond

Cardiologist Dean Ornish, M.D., made headlines with his claim that yoga and meditation when combined with improvements in diet and exercise habits, could reverse heart disease. Since then, research into the health benefits of yoga, especially its effect on adults 50-plus, has exploded. Here are some reasons to practice yoga as you age: Minimize hypertension...
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Healthy Partners

There are lots of great organizations across the state working together to make healthy eating and physical activity a priority in our communities. Our list is always growing, but here are some of our most active partners: Avera AARP South Dakota Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board Livable 605 Live Well Black Hills Live Well...
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Hey! South Dakota

There are all kinds of programs and resources across the state devoted to helping South Dakotans become more active and more healthy. Check out all the great resources we have listed below for ideas that fit your family, school and community: Cancer www.getscreened.sd.gov Diabetes Heart Disease and Stroke New Parents and Parenting Nutrition and Physical...
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Important Nutrients to Know: Proteins, Carbohydrates and Fat

Proteins Proteins are often called the body’s building blocks. They are used to build and repair tissues. They help you fight infection. Your body uses extra protein for energy. Good sources of protein are seafood, lean meat and poultry, eggs, beans and peas, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds. Protein is also found in...
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Overcoming Roadblocks to Healthy Eating

Healthy eating can help you lose or maintain weight, feel better overall, and possibly decrease your chances of getting certain diseases. Making smart food choices is important at any age. But eating healthy can be difficult even if you know which foods you should buy and prepare. Your budget, physical issues, mood changes, and dietary...
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10 Tips to Help You Eat and Drink More Dairy Foods

The Dairy Group includes milk, yogurt, cheese, and fortified soymilk. They provide calcium, vitamin D, potassium, protein, and other nutrients needed for good health throughout life. Choices should be lowfat or fat-free—to cut calories and saturated fat. How much is needed? Older children, teens, and adults need 3 cups* a day, while children 4 to...
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TLC: Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes for Healthier Cholesterol

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...
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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 websites...
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Home

Welcome to Healthy South Dakota! Eating smart and being active are two of the best ways to improve our health. Even small changes can have immediate benefits. We’re here to provide information and inspiration as you explore all the ways you can live better and grow stronger! What’s New?
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Heart Disease and Exercise for a Healthy Heart

A sedentary (inactive) lifestyle is one of the top risk factors for heart disease. Fortunately, it’s a risk factor that you can do something about. Regular exercise, especially aerobic exercise, has many benefits. It can: How Do I Start Exercising? Always check with your doctor first before starting an exercise program. Your doctor can help...
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15 Tips to Lower Your 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 active for heart health. These...
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The New Low-Cholesterol Diet: Oats and Oat Bran

Is there magic in oats? Oats have a lot going for them. Not only is it a great way to start the day, but research suggests they can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels without lowering your good HDL cholesterol. The same goes for oat bran, which is in some cereals, bread, cakes, pastries and other...
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Spring into Action

Spring, when the days get longer and the temperatures rise. In addition to all of the wonderful fruits and vegetables spring provides, warmer weather gives us the chance to get out of the house and enjoy the benefits of physical activity. With a balanced eating plan, exercise is important both for losing weight and maintaining...
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Steps to Boost Digestive Health

Fiber for constipationWhen 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 staving...
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Health Benefits and Culinary Uses of Mushrooms

Healthy, versatile mushrooms are an excellent addition to your plate. Mushrooms impart a fifth taste sense called umami, which is savory. Hearty meat-like mushrooms are an economical and nutritious way to enhance any meal. Mushrooms are low in calories (one cup of raw sliced mushrooms has about 20 calories) and high in vitamins and minerals....
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Is it Okay to Exercise if I Have a Cold?

Mild to moderate physical activity is usually OK if you have a garden-variety cold and no fever. Exercise may even help you feel better by opening your nasal passages and temporarily relieving nasal congestion. As a general guide for exercise and illness, consider this: Let your body be your guide. If you have a cold...
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Healthy Food Imposters—Don’t Be Fooled

Some foods that we think are healthy can be sneaky little diet wreckers. Nutritionist Leslie Bonci shares a few of these “food frauds” – starting with Caesar salad. Food Fraud: Caesar Salad Just a small bowl can serve up 300-400 calories and 30 grams of fat, thanks to loads of dressing. FOOD FIX: Leave out the croutons;...
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The Debate Over Sugary Drinks

In an attempt to reverse the obesity epidemic, lawmakers and health officials across the nation are considering new laws and taxes. Legislation in California calls for the nation’s first warning labels on sugary drinks. A soda tax is being debated in Illinois, and New York City’s 2012 efforts to ban large sodas is now before...
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What is Exergaming?

Exergaming is defined as technology-driven physical activities, such as video game play, that requires participants to be physically active or exercise in order to play the game. These games require the user to apply full body motion to participate in virtual sports, in group fitness exercise or other interactive physical activities. The concept behind Exergaming...
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Energy Drinks & Food Bars: Power or Hype?

Energy drinks and nutrition bars often make big promises. Some say they’ll increase energy and alertness, others offer extra nutrition, and some even claim to boost your athletic performance or powers of concentration. But once you cut through the hype and look past the flashy packaging on energy products, chances are what you’re mostly getting...
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Rainbow Fruit Salad

Good as a side dish or dessert, this salad made from fresh fruit is naturally low in fat, saturated fat, and sodium and is cholesterol-free. Ingredients Fruit Salad Honey Orange Sause Directions Source: Health.gov; Recipes
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Super Tracker Tips for the Food Groups

If you are looking for quick tips (suitable for sharing on social media) or reminders you can use to jumpstart a healthy diet… you’ve come to the right place! Check out the shortlist of tips for each food group below and download Super Tracker Tips for more great ideas! Grains Add sweetness to your whole-grain...
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Chic Penne

Note: Get a grownup’s help with this recipe, which requires using the oven/stove. Prep time: 55 minutes Ingredients Directions Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD Source: KidsHealth; Chic’ Penne
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Happy Healthy Eating

Eating is an important part of our lives. The healthy foods we eat help our body to grow, run, walk, think, move, sleep, and fight off germs. But did you know that some foods can actually hurt our bodies? Here are some tips on how to make sure you are getting enough of the foods...
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Understanding Calories

“That’s loaded with calories!” “Are you counting your calories?” When people talk about the calories in food, what do they mean? A calorie is a unit of measurement — but it doesn’t measure weight or length. A calorie is a unit of energy. When you hear something contains 100 calories, it’s a way of describing...
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Fun Fruit Kabobs

Getting kids to eat healthy snacks can be a challenge. Being creative with the presentation can help! Try these kabobs for a quick and easy snack: Prep time: 15 minutes What You Need Equipment and Supplies What to Do Recipe makes 4 servings. 1 serving size equals 1 kabob. Nutritional Analysis (per serving): For more...
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How to Safely Play Baseball with Your Kids

Gear Up All ball players will need a ball, a bat, and a glove. All baseballs are pretty much the same, but bats can be either wooden or aluminum. These days, only the pros use wooden bats full time. Aluminum bats are lighter and easier to handle and don’t break as often. There are a...
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Keeping Kids Active: Dog Ball Game

Kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Most of the time can be moderate-intensity aerobic activity– anything that gets their heart beating faster counts. At least 3 days a week, encourage them to step it up to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Try this game to help build strong muscles and bones: Use...
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Tips to Get Your Kids Active

Part of a healthy lifestyle is staying physically active. Doctors say kids your age should be physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. Here are some tips to keep in mind during physical activity: Physical activity is fun! Being physically active doesn’t have to be a hard or scary thing. Did you know...
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How to Play Frisbee

  Gear Up Of course the first thing you’ll need is a Frisbee! The most common kinds are made of plastic and come in all sorts of cool colors. If you are planning to play a serious game, or want to play an organized game of Ultimate, you’ll also need cleats or tennis shoes with...
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5 Ways Play Can Change Your Day

It doesn’t matter how you move, as long as you’re physically active. Move until you breathe hard or break a sweat and you will be doing great things for your body and physical health. Here are five changes you may start noticing today: Source: American Heart Association; 5 Ways that Play can Change your Day
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April is National Pecan Month

Pecans are designated as a heart-healthy food choice by the American Heart Association. Unroasted and unsalted pecan halves are the best choice for snacking and for use in recipes.  A one ounce serving of 15-20 pecan halves packs a nutritious punch and contains 196 calories, other benefits of pecans include:  Pecans contain more antioxidants than...
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Figuring Out Fat & Calories

From all you hear, you’d think fat and calories are really bad for you. It’s true that many people are eating more fat and calories than they need. But we all require a certain amount of fat and calories in our diets to fuel our growth and activities — everything from solving a math problem...
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Ride Your Bike Safely

May is National Bike Month! Whether you are biking to school or work, there are so many ways to celebrate the power of the pedal! Here are a few things to keep in mind: The Basics Riding bikes is a great way for you to get active. Riding a bike can help you: Follow these...
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Hiking Best-Practices

Gear Up First, you’ll need a good pair of shoes and thick socks designed for this type of activity. You can start with some sturdy sneakers with thick bottoms. When you begin to take on more difficult trails, try a pair of hiking boots, and make sure they fit! Also, get a backpack or fanny...
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5 Steps to Loving Exercise

We all know the benefits of regular physical activity—increased energy, better cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke and looking more svelte. But about 80 percent of Americans don’t make exercise a regular habit, and, according to a 2012 American Heart Association website survey, 14 percent say they don’t like exercise. So how do...
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Rowing Exercise

Rowing is an efficient and effective low-impact exercise that utilizes the arms, abdomen, back and legs to provide a total body workout. This activity offers the opportunity for a wide range of training, from fat burning and aerobic conditioning to high-intensity anaerobic. The rowing stroke is a smooth, continuous movement. If you have a history...
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Strength Training for Older Adults

If you’re interested in feeling stronger, healthier, and more vital, this program is for you. This strength-training program was developed by experts at Tufts University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Growing Stronger is an exercise program based upon sound scientific research involving strengthening exercises—exercises that have been shown to increase the...
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Serve Kids Power Foods

If you want your kids to play hard, power them with the right foods. Ideas for power meals and snacks: Source: Health Day; Health Tip: Serve Kids Power Foods
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Exercise is Medicine: Prescription Pads

ExerciseIsMedicine.org calls all healthcare providers to assess and review a patient’s physical activity program at every visit. Exercise prescription pads are available to help encourage individuals to increase physical activity for health purposes. The prescription pads can be ordered through the SD Department of Health’s Educational Materials Catalog, within the Physical Activity section.
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Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation (CHANGE) Tool and Action Guide

Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation (CHANGE) is a data-collection tool and planning resource for community members who want to make their community a healthier one. This tool walks community team members through the assessment process and helps define and prioritize possible areas of improvement. Having this information as a guide, community team members can...
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Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbooks for Child Care Centers and Schools

The recipes in this cookbook feature foods both children and adults should consume more of including: dark green and orange vegetables, dry beans and peas, and whole grains. All of these healthy recipes are low in total fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium. With fun names like Porcupine Sliders, Smokin’ Powerhouse Chili, and Squish Squash...
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Monitoring Exercise Intensity Using Your Heart Rate

Why Do You Need to Monitor Your Heart Rate? You’re huffing and puffing through another aerobic workout, wondering if you’re really doing yourself any good. Are you working too hard or not hard enough? You look around. The person next to you has barely broken a sweat while the one in front is drenched from...
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