Tip of the Week: Nicotine is addictive – 3 out of 4 teens who start using in high school will continue to use as adults
Vaping nicotine rewires the brain, which can impact your concentration, learning and impulse control. It reduces athletic ability to focus completely, slowing your reaction time. Nicotine also interferes with lung function – narrowing blood vessels and making your heart work harder than it should.
The spring is a time for celebration with prom and graduation! In this new video, hear from local community members such as parents, coaches, principals and law enforcement about tips to help your teen celebrate safely.
Tip: Regularly drinking alcohol before your teen brain is fully developed can impact impulse-control and the memory and learning areas of the brain.
Brain development is still occurring between the ages of 12-26 and scientific research has shown that binge-drinking or regularly drinking alcohol as a teen can result in irreversible brain change.
Cole Chandler, MSAD 15 School Resource Officer Gray-New Gloucester High School, Beth Blakeman-Pohl, Casco Bay CAN Program Director and Kim Gillies, Casco Bay CAN Program Coordinator attended the 2019 Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta this week. It is the annual gathering for stakeholders to discuss what’s working in prevention, treatment and law enforcement.
Thank you to SRO Chandler for attending on behalf of our Law Enforcement Subcommittee!
Tip of the Week: Complex carbohydrates for pre-game fuel equals better performance.
Your body needs energy to perform at its best, and you get that energy from glycogen. Glycogen acts as your body’s fuel source and is found in complex carbohydrates. Eat foods that are rich in starch—potatoes, pasta and rice. It’s extremely important that your body has time to digest the food so eat three hours before you compete to avoid cramping and fatigue during the competition.
1. Increases the risk of depression and suicidal behavior
2. Impairs cognitive function
3. Disrupts the brain’s maturation process
4. Reduces blood flow to the brain
Stay motivated and healthy during spring break
Find a workout buddy to keep you on track during vacation. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy with greens, fruits and vegetables and build muscle with fish, eggs and brown rice. Enjoy outdoor activities with friends and family and also take time to rest and relax.