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Written collaboratively by Megan Olesen and Megan Erickson.


The HealthySD website serves as one of the main hubs for South Dakota nutrition, physical activity and wellness opportunities, information and resources. The website breaks information down into 10 separate sectors: Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors, Parents, Schools, Workplace, Health Professionals, Communities, Childcare so visitors can access material most relevant to their personal or professional interest. Grant opportunities, toolkits, posters, healthy living tips and current research and recommendations are all accessible.

The Better Choices, Better Health (BCBH) program offers workshops that are designed to provide education, skills, and tools to increase participant’s self-confidence in their ability to better manage their chronic health conditions and feel better. Caregivers and support people for those living with a chronic condition can benefit from attending a BCBH workshop as well.

BCBH workshops are given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks in community settings. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom have at least one chronic condition.

Helps employees and employers interested in starting or expanding their worksite wellness initiatives. A detailed toolkit, posters, model policies, success stories and key recommendations for worksite wellness are all available at this website. Over 200 worksites across South Dakota have implemented worksite wellness strategies.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

Helps families and youth improve behaviors in the following areas: Dietary Intake as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate, Food Resource Management skills and practices, Nutrition Practices and Food Safety practices. Participants increase their ability to select and buy food that meets the nutritional needs of their families and gain new skills in food preparation, food storage, and food safety, and learn to better manage their food budgets.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)

Wellness Coalitions are active on the following American Indian Reservations (Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Standing Rock, & Yankton Sioux), and one urban county with a high American Indian population (Pennington) and working with SDSU Extension SNAP-Ed Community Development Field Specialists to prevent and reduce obesity of individual, families, and their communities. Please join us in helping to make your community a healthier place to live by promoting increased access to fruits and vegetables, increasing healthy behaviors such as consumption of healthy foods and beverages, and providing access to physical activity opportunities. There will be direct education classes and programs related to these topics in these areas. All are welcome to attend.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are released every five years jointly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The guidelines reflect the body of nutrition science and encourage healthy eating patterns to maintain health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. It serves as a resource to help Americans make healthy food and beverage choices, as well as engage in regular physically activity. Check out some tips for adopting the newest 2015-2020 guidelines on iGrow.

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