Super Bowl Sunday Safety Tips

Adapted from Representative Sue Austin’s newsletter:

On Super Bowl Sunday, Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Impaired

When Super Bowl LII kicks off, will you be prepared for party victory?  Whether you are the home team or a visitor, every Super Bowl LII party game plan must start with a shutdown defense that prevents impaired driving. Driving impaired is driving with reduced ability.

Drunk driving kills.  In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers.  You know that many Super Bowl parties will involve alcohol, so play it smart by having a winning game plan in place to not drink and drive.

We will all win on Super Bowl Sunday if we follow these keys to the game:

Know the Rules:  It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.  When it comes to drinking and driving, law enforcement does not throw a yellow flag — they throw the book at you.  You will get pulled over, arrested, and prosecuted.  Your wallet takes a big hit too, as the average DUI court case costs approximately $10,000.

Play It Safe:  Defenses win championships.  Your best defense is to plan a safe ride.  From buses and trains to car services and designated drivers, connect with the option that will get you home safely.  The NHTSA even has an app for that—SaferRide—which is available for Apple and Android devices and can connect you to a local cab company or with a friend who can come pick you up.

Be a Party MVP:  Volunteer to be a designated driver.  Let your squad know that you will be there for them when the party is over with a safe, sober ride home.  [You can even tweet their names to @NHTSAgov to make them part of the NHTSA’s Wall of Fame.  Use the hashtag #designateddriver.]

If You’ve Been Drinking or using Marijuana, You’re Benched:  Buzzed driving is drunk driving.  There is no place on the road for anyone who has been drinking.  If someone tries to drive after drinking, tell them to ride the bench until you help them find a sober ride home.  If you are hosting the party, you are the head coach.  Make the right call by taking their keys before they drink and drive. It’s unsafe to drive when using marijuana. Marijuana compromises judgment, alertness, concentration, coordination and reaction time (National Institute of Drug Abuse).

We are all on the same team when it comes to preventing impaired driving.  However you or your guests travel on Super Bowl Sunday, always buckle up.  Your seat belt is your best defense in any vehicle crash.

Remember:  Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Impaired.

Healty Habits Quiz

Healthy Habits Quiz from AnxietyBC, a leader in developing online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety and anxiety disorders.

Click here to take the short quiz!

Anxiety Makes You Forget

Anxiety tends to be repetitive. Help your child build “Reminder Bridges” before anxiety shows up. Example – if your child always gets anxious before a test but ends up doing okay, remind them that this a pattern. Ask them what happened the last time worry showed up this way, help them see they were uncomfortable, uncertain, but they moved through it. This “Reminder Bridge” is their tool for the next time worry shows up this way. Connecting to these past successes through Reminder Bridges lays the groundwork for new neural pathways and through repetition defeats worry.

Check out this article from Lynn Lyons, LICSW!

NIDA Drug Facts Week

It’s the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) National Drug Facts Week! Parents, visit this page for prevention and treatment resources, and to brush up on your drug facts!

8 Ways to Encourage a Growth Mindset in Kids

8 tips for promoting a growth mindset in kids:

  1. Help children understand that the brain works like a muscle, that can only grow through hard work, determination, and lots and lots of practice.
  2. Don’t tell students they are smart, gifted, or talented, since this implies that they were born with the knowledge, and does not encourage effort and growth.
  3. Let children know when they demonstrate a growth mindset.
  4. Praise the process. It’s effort, hard work, and practice that allow children to achieve their true potential.
  5. Don’t praise the results. Test scores and rigid ways of measuring learning and knowledge limit the growth that would otherwise be tapped.
  6. Embrace failures and missteps. Children sometimes learn the most when they fail. Let them know that mistakes are a big part of the learning process. There is nothing like the feeling of struggling through a very difficult problem, only to finally break through and solve it! The harder the problem, the more satisfying it is to find the solution.
  7. Encourage participation and collaborative group learning. Children learn best when they are immersed in a topic and allowed to discuss and advance with their peers.
  8. Encourage competency-based learning. Get kids excited about subject matter by explaining why it is important and how it will help them in the future. The goal should never be to get the ‘correct’ answer, but to understand the topic at a fundamental, deep level, and want to learn more.

See the full post from yourbrainhealth here

Successful Film Showing of, Angst, Addressing Youth Anxiety

Green Group from Yarmouth High School hosted a successful film screening of Angst, followed by a community discussion with a panel of expert speakers. Over 125 people attended the film presentation which aims to spark conversation about teens and anxiety. It was a pleasure co-sponsoring this event with North Yarmouth Academy and First Parish Congregational Church UCC, Yarmouth, Maine!

6 Media Resolutions Every Family Should Make in 2018

6 Family Media Resolutions for 2018 from Common Sense Media

1) Commit to learning about one media item your kid is passionate about.
2) Choose one night of the week to share YouTube videos with each other.
3) Deal with the one thing that’s most frustrating about your kid’s media/tech.
4) Lead by example by putting down your phone at a certain time every evening.
5) Put a new spin on the device-free dinner.
6) Start a book club (with your kids).

To read the full article, click here.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Just one night of binge drinking will erase 2 weeks of practice.

Binge drinking can be defined as consuming five drinks for males and four drinks for females in about two hours. You may show up to practice but you will not see any gains for two weeks. It will also take 96 hours to re-balance hormones and you will see an 11% decrease in your performance.


Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: It is difficult to reach peak performance and learn new information if under the influence of marijuana.

The effects of marijuana can remain in the body for up to several days and may negatively impact attention, motivation, memory and learning. It can also compromise judgment and affect many other skills necessary to be successful in sports.