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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. It has been adapted specifically for South Dakota. The Move Your Way® Campaign is designed to help implement the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines. Community leaders, health and wellness advocates, and parents—anyone who wants to help increase awareness of the benefits of physical activity can use this Playbook to coach your community.

What’s in the Playbook PDF

Why more physical activity is important

In South Dakota, only 46% of adults met the Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic physical activity. And only 35% met the muscle strengthening guideline—so there is a lot of room for improvement!

The good news is that any amount of physical activity has health benefits! We used to
think people had to exercise for long periods of time all at once or in certain settings with
special equipment. Now we know that our movement can accumulate throughout the
day and still be beneficial. Anything that gets your heart pumping counts—housework,
dancing, gardening, taking the stairs, walking to school or work—it all adds up.
Even 5 minutes of physical activity has real health benefits!

This Playbook takes a community-level approach to promote, support, and encourage physical activity. Move Your Way® helps reframe the conversation and reminds us that physical activity can be achieved in many settings. Together we can promote messages that all sorts of physical activity counts!

What are the physical activity guidelines?

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). They provide science-based guidance to help people improve their health. Participating in regular physical activity is an easy way to start!

Here’s a quick reference for activity recommendations for adults, and youth ages 6 to 17:

Move Your Way®—Your coaching strategy

Are you a South Dakota community leader? A health/wellness champion? Or super volunteer? Our Playbook can help you encourage more physical activity in your community. Use our messaging, strategies, and activity suggestions to get started!

Pre-game pep talk—pump up your partners!

Communities should strive to create equal access to places and spaces. Neighborhoods and main streets should be designed with activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations. These strategies increase opportunities for more physical activity.

Learn how to promote physical activity in a way that is informational and engaging. Use our talking points and sample pitch language to help you prepare.

Move Your Way®—help everyone get moving!

All individuals benefit from regular physical activity. Even those who live with a chronic disease or a physical disability.

  • People with chronic disease
  • Pregnant and postpartum women
  • Older adults
  • People with certain medical conditions or inactivity complicated by COVID-19
  • Those living in rural communities

View our guide to making physical activity accessible to everyone. We have included resources and information on how to motivate South Dakotans to move more including handy references like these fact sheets:


Strategies for overcoming barriers

There are often barriers that get in the way of physical activity. Some common barriers in South Dakota include:

  • Lack of Safe Places to Walk
  • Lack of Transportation to Parks, Spaces, Recreation
  • Lack of Financial Resources

Learn how to identify barriers and brainstorm solutions. Our Playbook also features success stories to help you find inspiration.

Game plan for the Playbook!

All good plans need to start with goals, objectives, and strategies. Be specific about the priority audiences you want to focus on. This will help you tailor your plan for success. Use our strategies for planning, implementing, and evaluating community-wide physical activity efforts. Here’s what’s included:

  • How to promote Move Your Way® in your community
  • Tips for motivating SD parents, early childhood and child care professionals
  • Strategies for engaging schools and youth-centered organizations
  • Ideas for partnering with youth sports organizations
  • How to promote Move Your Way® in SD worksites
  • How to reach SD healthcare providers
  • Ways to partner with SD Tribal communities
  • How to kick off and put your plan into place
  • How to evaluate and share your success

Enlisting funders for the win

Be prepared. Share how funds will be used and the benefits partners and volunteers will receive. Getting support is critical to your plan’s success. Our guide can help you put your plan into action.

  • Get tips on how to find funding and volunteers
  • View sample recruitment resources
  • Learn how to develop a campaign budget

End game

The key to success is to take small steps, keep trying, engage partners, and share progress. Use our tools, videos, and materials to help make it easier to get South Dakotans a little more active.

Sources, reference, and resources

Referencing evidence-based sources and information is critical. Check our our list of top resources in the Playbook can help you get your community moving!

Explore More from Move Your Way®

Move Your Way® for Parents
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Move Your Way® During and After Pregnancy
Learn the benefits of physical activity during and after pregnancy.