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Nutrition & Health

A healthy and balanced diet is key to maintaining a full and active lifestyle.

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Communities Around South Dakota Provide Summer Meals for All Children

This summer, communities across South Dakota will be serving free meals to children, to ensure good nutrition and growth. The USDA Summer Meals Programs works with the South Dakota Department of Education, Child and Adult Nutrition Services office to make sure that when school lets out children are well-nourished throughout the summer.

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Diabetes and COVID-19

If you are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, it is important to take actions to reduce your chance of getting sick. Those at higher risk, including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, are encouraged to get ready now!

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Grab and Go Style Meal Service Resources for Schools

View meal ideas and an example 4-week meal plan.

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Buying in Bulk Can Be Healthy and Cost-Effective

Schools continue to provide food to children in a “grab-and-go” style due to COVID-19. Many schools are packing more than one meal for families to pick up. SDSU Extension has put together a chart of typical bulk purchased food items and how many servings can be expected in each serving.

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Registration Now Open for 2021 South Dakota Local Foods Conference

October 13, 2021

A three-day, virtual event celebrating local food production and use in South Dakota, SDLFC invites all supporters of local food to attend and discuss presentations on specialty crop production, industry challenges, new technologies and opportunities.

Blue map of South Dakota with white stars representing communities with active wellness coalitions, including: DeSmet, Dupree, Fort Thompson, Lower Brule, Lake Andes, Martin, Rapid City and Wagner.

What Communities Have Wellness Coalitions?

View a complete list of active community wellness coalitions throughout South Dakota.

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Community Wellness Coalitions

Community wellness coalitions bring together community-based organizations, stakeholders and wellness experts to identify the wellness challenges facing South Dakota communities and address them through resources, programming and wellness opportunities tailored for their unique needs.

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Eagle Books

The Eagle Books are a series of four books written by Georgia Perez with illustrations by Patrick Rolo and Lisa A. Fifield.

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South Dakota Joins 2021 Mountain Plains Crunch Off

September 08, 2021

South Dakota State University Extension and the South Dakota Department of Education’s Division of Child and Adult Nutrition Services are partnering to bring this event to the state Oct. 4-8.