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Tobacco-Free Jacks: Implementing a tobacco-free campus at South Dakota State University

The most impressive fact about this project is that South Dakota State University (SDSU) is a 100% tobacco-free campus! In addition, SDSU is the first school within the SD Board of Regents to adopt a 24/7 100% tobacco-free policy. It is exciting for their campus to join the 1,800 other college campuses in the United States whom have already adopted tobacco-free campus policies! Becoming a tobacco-free campus has allowed SDSU to improve the quality of life for all and create a healthy working and learning environment. Read more

School Gardens Launched with Grant Support

Five schools received a South Dakota School Garden Grant administered by SDSU Extension. The grant program, sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Health, was launched to support the development of new K-12 school garden projects in South Dakota. The edible garden programs provided opportunities for youth to gain scientific knowledge while nurturing plants, along with recognizing that fruits and vegetables are a necessary part of a healthy diet. Read more

Chamberlain School Health Council Changes the Scene

The Chamberlain School district has been identified as having very high overweight and obese body mass index rates. But thanks to their School Health Council and the Building Healthy Schools Project (BHS), they’re really turning things around. Read more

Healthy Snack Choices Made Easy

Students at McKinley School in the Pierre School District found that learning about selecting healthy snacks can be easy and fun thanks to the Team Nutrition Healthy Choices mini-grant that was recently awarded to them. The mini-grant is designed to promote healthy snack choices at concessions stands, in vending machines, at school stores, for fundraising, and/or a la carte options at a school or agency. Read more