OAISD Health and Physical Education

Spring, 2023 Newsletter

OAISD Health and Physical Education Mission Statement

Recognizing the strong link between health and learning, OAISD health and wellness consultation and related support services aim to support schools in the implementation of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model including supporting a nationally recognized comprehensive PreK-12 health education curriculum, student health behavior data and analysis, assessment of the school health environment to support the whole child, and adequate access to health services including behavioral health.

*If needed, please see accessibility options to the right.

Professional Development Inquiry for 23-24

Have you shared your ideas for the 2023 school year yet in regards to professional development at the ISD? If not, click on the PD Google Form.

Springing into Action

2023 School Wellness Award Cycle is Open!

It is time for Michigan schools to be recognized for their efforts to create and maintain the healthy school environments that support student learning. Please encourage any Michigan K-12 public and non-public school that might be interested to apply for the annual Michigan School Wellness Award. The deadline for online applications to be completed is midnight EST on April 28, 2023. The application, along with more information about the award, can be found at the Health Schools, Healthy Students website.

The School Wellness Award is designed to recognize and applaud schools that are implementing sustainable policy and environmental changes related to healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco/nicotine-free lifestyles. A fully functioning School Health Team and completion of the Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) within the past three years are required for upper-level awards (Gold/First and Silver/Second). Schools are encouraged to highlight successes that have been realized in the past year related to keeping students and staff healthy and in school.

Michigan Moves Month is in May

Observed during the month of May, “Michigan Moves Month” is designed to celebrate, promote, and encourage every Michigander to move more. Being physically active and developing physical literacy skills supports the healthy development of the whole person and is foundational to leading a healthy and fulfilling life. Being physically active helps to increase energy, elevate mood, dissipate stress, and prolong life.

Take a closer look at the events they have coming up. #MIMOVESMONTH

Advocates for Youth Resources

Advocates for Youth offers the Three R's Curriculum (Rights, Respect, and Responsibility) but they offer so much more. They designed lessons specifically for Michigan and have some youth resources that might be helpful to your classrooms.

PrEP and Young People

Antiretroviral Therapy and Young People

State Board of Education Resolution Pertaining to Sex Education

As you may already have been aware, there is a "Michigan Parental Sex Education Opt-Out Form" that is being shared with districts that is asking districts to opt students out of numerous things such as books, school-wide activities, surveys, DEI lessons, sex education, etc. MDE developed a resolution that addresses these issues. If you have further questions, please reach out.

MDE: And be it further resolved, that the Michigan Board of Education recommends school districts reject any third-party opt-out forms as invalid, irrelevant, and inconsequential. - Feb 14, 2023

InPACT for Schools

Are you interested in InPACT (Interrupting Prolonged Sitting with Activity)? Their curriculum integration guide is here! This guide helps to facilitate implementation of InPACT at School, InPACT at Home, and the Michigan Model for Health in the classroom to enhance family engagement. Click the link below to download a free copy.

InPACT Michigan Model for Health Curriculum Integration Guide K-5

Get Smart about Drugs: A DEA Resource for Parents, Educators, and Caregivers

DEA Debuts 2022 Drugs of Abuse (1/17/23)

Get the new fast facts on fentanyl, cocaine and more......

DEA Resource Guide/2022 Edition

Get Smart about Drugs Fact Sheet Hub

Michigan Model for Health

Healthy kids are better learners. Experience Michigan's Tier 1, evidence-based Comprehensive Health Education Curriculum: Michigan Model for Health.

Interested in using the MMH in your classroom? Reach out to Stacey Sills to get started.

Already using Michigan Model for Health?

NEW MMH Portal

  • MMH continues to evolve to meet the online needs of its health education partners. The MMH portal is a one stop shop for all of our partners with a new landing page and links to the digital curriculum for current users and easy to navigate resources.

Contact List for Health and Physical Education Teachers

Are you new this year? Switch grade levels? Please add yourself or update the health and physical education contact list. If you see anything from your district that needs to be changed, please do so. It is very appreciated. Feel free to check this out if you need to reach out to a fellow teacher. Health and PE Contact List
michigan department of education and safe schools logo

Registration Open! MDE LGBTQ Students Project Workshops for Winter/Spring 2023

LGBTQ+ students are still at disproportionate risk for persistent bullying, harassment, and victimization. In response to requests from school districts across Michigan, project staff created a suite of online professional development workshops to build the capacity of schools to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive culture and climate where all students can thrive. We are honored to partner with school districts to make these highly requested workshops available to school staff for winter and spring of 2023.

View the virtual offerings flyer for additional information about the workshops and links to register. In February, the project is introducing a new professional development offering geared toward coaches and athletic directors. The dates and times of the workshops are below. When your registration has been accepted, you will receive an email with an individualized zoom link. Spots are limited, so please note that not everyone who registers will automatically be approved based on the priorities outlined by our funders.

Participants who attend the full, live workshop will be eligible to receive State Continuing Education Clock Hours—SCECHs (1.75 hours) and Social Work CEs (2 hours).

Mental Health First Aid Training

Tall Cop Says Stop Webinar

March 27, 2023 - School Based Drug & Concealment Trends Taught by: Tall Cop Jermaine Galloway

These each cost $35, but if you'd like to attend, please email me and I can send you a code to cover the cost of registration. Please let me know if you have any questions.

2023 SHAPE Michigan

Keep checking SHAPE Michigan's website for professional development opportunities.

2023 CASH Conference Save-the-Date

The Child, Adolescent and School Health Conference will be held October 23-25, 2023 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

CASH CONFERENCE OVERVIEW: The CASH Conference will address the evolving needs of child and adolescent health professionals by offering emergent and engaging content from leading subject matter experts. Participants will gain practical and innovative strategies for the development and implementation of effective programs, policies, and practices to improve the health, well-being, and resiliency of young people. CASH Conference participants will strengthen their skills, gain valuable information and resources, and connect with others working in this field.

Save-the-Date Flyer

Resilience - Advocates for Ending Violence Trainings

Resilience is offering multiple trainings this spring. Check them out below.

NEW Discover MyPlate Nutrition Education for Kindergarten

Milk Means More Resources

Better with Breakfast Resources

Celebrate National Reading Month and National School Breakfast Breakfast and a Book: Week with Farmer Courtney as she reads Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy from inside a barn. Written by Maria Dismondy, the story shows how being different is delicious and that kindness and empathy are truly universal languages. Learn more to register and access recorded events (March 10, 2023 is free virtual event).


S & S Printable March Fitness Calendar

The calendar is a great resource that teachers can share with students or parents can share with their kids and encourage them to stay active during the school year.

S & S teamed up with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation to create this fitness calendar for the month of March, 2023. Here is the link to the download:

Printable Fitness Calendar March, 2023

Printable Fitness Challenge Task Sheet with certificates to download

March 2023 Fitness calendar

Tobacco Free School Resources

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Tobacco Control Program has compiled a list of resources to support tobacco-free schools, including:

  • policy support
  • suggested curricula
  • alternative to suspension recommendations
  • youth and adult cessation resources

Michigan Moves Ambassador Program

The Michigan Moves ambassador program is designed for physical activity and exercise leaders in the State of Michigan to take an active role in helping all Michiganders lead a healthy, active, lifestyle. The effort to make Michigan a healthier state requires both a top-down and a bottom-up approach. The ambassador program is the very heart of our grassroots effort.

Ambassadors have several opportunities to get involved in Michigan Moves Month. Those opportunities are outlined below. You can register to be a Michigan Moves Ambassador by completing this form: Michigan Moves Month Ambassador Sign-Up.

Benefits of Being an Ambassador:

  • Networking with passionate, like-minded, physical activity advocates
  • Recognition on social media and the Michigan Moves website
  • Official Ambassador Certificate

Ambassador Opportunities:

  1. Personal Social Media Ambassador: using the social media kit provided, share daily posts on your own personal social media accounts. Estimated time commitment: < 5min/day during the month of May.
  2. Corporate Social Media Ambassador: using the social media kit provided, share daily posts on your organization's social media accounts. Estimated time commitment: < 5min/day during the month of May.
  3. Movement of the Day Video Contributor: shoot a short 60 second movement/exercise video to be shared on social media. Go to this link for more information on video requirements: MMM Movement of the Day Criteria. Estimated time commitment: < 20min to shoot and send the video.
  4. Workout at the Capitol Participant: Attend the Workout on the Capitol Lawn, in Lansing, on 5/17. Estimated time commitment: 1 hour at the Capitol on 5/17 + drive time.
  5. Workout at the Capitol Organizer: Help organize a group to attend the Workout on the Capitol Lawn in Lansing on 5/17. Estimated time commitment: 2-3 hours leading up to the event for recruitment.
  6. Advocacy: Reach out to your Local, State, or Federal representatives in promotion of Michigan Moves Month and related legislation. Advocacy training and templates for reach out will be provided. Estimated time commitment: 2-4 hours leading up to, and during, the month of May.

MI Child and Healthy Kids

Free or low cost health coverage for children under the age of 19 or pregnant women of any age. Call the MI Child and Healthy Kids hotline at 1-888-988-6300 or apply online.