Several educators and community members from the Fargo area learned how to promote school, community and personal healthy lifestyle concepts at the 26th annual Roughrider Health Promotion Conference, May 29 – June 1, in Medora. The conference theme was “Go Wild with Health.”
Schools and communities from across the state sent representatives to evaluate their school health and community programs and to develop action plans for making improvements. Sessions were based on the components of Coordinated School Health including health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling, psychological and social services, healthy school environment, health promotion for staff, and family/community involvement. Additional topics included substance use prevention, character education, violence/bullying prevention, chronic disease prevention and professional development.
Theresa Gravdahl, Ben Franklin Middle School physical educator; Deb Hallquist, Ben Franklin FACS teacher; Natalie Richter, Carl Ben Eielson health teacher; Jackie Shultis, Lincoln Elementary physical educator; and Steph Swanson, Carl Ben Eielson physical educator were five of the 189 participants registered.
Keynote presenters included Dr. John Hoover, who spoke on bullying research and statistics, and RN Rainalda Schaeffer, MSN, on “Keeping the Spirit of Childhood Alive.”