Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Managing stress does not have to include the use of alcohol or drugs. The best way to handle stress is through healthy habits.

Exercise, healthy eating, sleeping well and maintaining close relationships are important in stress management. These key actions can help reduce stress levels and improve your quality of life. Quick fixes like drugs or alcohol may temporarily mask stress but the long-term effects are unhealthy.

Vaping: Expert Panel Presentation

Thank you to our Coalition member, Jill Frame, from Yarmouth High School for participating in this MaineHealth Vaping Prevention panel. She was joined by experts, Tina Pettengill (moderator) from MaineHealth, Kristen McAuley, Center for Tobacco Independence and Nikki Jarvais of Rinck Advertising. View their presentation below which highlights: What your teens likely already know about vaping and what young Mainers are telling our panelists about how they are using these products. You will also see some of the most common devices, receive tips from a local high school substance abuse counselor on how to talk to teens about vaping and get the latest information on Maine law regarding electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and usage among Maine teens. Get your questions answered so you can be better prepared to talk to the teens in your life.

 

 

Strategies to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Use

Information from the Search Institute: “Many factors influence why kids do and don’t use alcohol and tobacco. As parents, we can’t control all of them.However, there are many things we do that can make a major difference. These ideas and activities focus on tapping into—and building on—your family’s strengths in order to prevent alcohol and tobacco use in teenagers and young people. Keep Connected focuses on building relationships and strengths to prevent alcohol or tobacco use among young people.”

Check out their helpful resources and tools here!

 

 

Inside the 8th Grader’s Brain

“Inside the eighth grade brain, the frontal lobe is growing and interconnecting. This is fantastic news, but patience is required: your child’s frontal lobe won’t reach full maturity and re-structuring until your child is 25 to 30 years old. So for the next 12 to 18 years, they’ll be lured toward risky acts they’re cognitively challenged to resist because they’re still heavily swayed by their limbic system, which is the emotional center of the brain.”

Inside the eighth grader’s brain

To read the full article please click here.

 

Positive Tickets in Cumberland

Thank you to Emma and Dan Renyi, the Cumberland, Maine Police Department and the Cumberland Foodstop for helping with our Positive Ticket program!

Here’s your Thursday afternoon cuteness overload! Good citizens Emma and Dan Renyi (pictured here with their equally helpful mom Hanna) assisted ACO Bobby Silcott in the apprehension of a local pooch who had taken itself on a Cumberland Walkabout. The dog’s owner was very appreciative of the help, and the young do-gooders were happy to receive Positive Tickets! Positive Tickets are the result of a collaboration with our community partners Casco Bay CAN and the Cumberland Foodstop.