NEWS + EVENTS

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Choose not to use marijuana as it impacts your health, safety and potential for academic and athletic success.

THC (the chemical in marijuana) builds up in the brain and affects the skill recall area of the brain and delays reaction time. Marijuana compromises judgment and affects many other skills necessary to be a proficient athlete. These skills include alertness, concentration, coordination and reaction time.

Nurturing the Teen Brain

“During adolescence, the brain is highly flexible. Teenagers are constantly taking in new information and forming ideas, opinions and connections.”

Nurturing the Amazing Teen Brain

 

Why Teens Push Away

From the Center for Parent and Teen Communication:

That teen who is subtly pushing you away or actively avoiding you isn’t rejecting you because it’s not about you at all. In fact, if you help them navigate this time period instead of tugging closer or pushing back, you’ll return to solid ground. This is what is really happening: Your teenage baby bird needs to believe that they don’t need you in order to gather the courage to leave the security of your nest and head into the unknown. Your teen needs a boost of courage. Point out moments that prove they have the ability to fly.

 

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Nicotine in one vaping pod is equivalent to the nicotine in one pack of cigarettes


Vaping marijuana or nicotine can cause respiratory problems and decrease aerobic capacity- it reduces athletic ability by interfering with lung function. It also causes shortness of breath 3 times more often than nonsmokers- nicotine narrows blood vessels and makes your heart work harder than it should.

Free Webinar Series: An Online Q&A for Parents

Join FCD Prevention Works for a free webinar! There’s no manual for raising a healthy kid. Parents receive plenty of conflicting information from a variety of sources. As a result, you or the parents around you may have a lot of questions about how to help teens live safe, healthy, rewarding lives, without unhealthy alcohol and other drug risks. And of course, parents are busy and short on time!

Please join FCD Prevention Works for one (or both!) of two quick parent Q&A webinars. You can log-in from the comfort of your home, office, or other favorite internet hotspot. An FCD Prevention Specialist will answer your questions about substance use prevention from a health perspective.

Some topics we may cover during these live, online sessions include:
• Where do the main pressures on kids to use drugs come from?
• What is vaping and JUULing? How can I keep my kids away from it?
• How much impact do parent attitudes and modeling have on teen use?
• What dangers does marijuana pose to my child?

Click here to learn more or to register!