Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Vaping isn’t considered safe for teens because their brain is still developing and can expose them to toxic substances and nicotine.

Exposure to nicotine and toxic substances in vaping devices can cause your breathing to become rapid and shallow, as well as increase heart rate and blood pressure.  The vapor can contain volatile organic compounds, flavoring such as diacetyl which is a chemical linked to a serious lung disease and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead. Nicotine use can also rewire the brain, which can impact your concentration, learning and impulse control.

Talk Early, Talk Often and Keep Talking!

TALK EARLY, TALK OFTEN…KEEP TALKING!
Parents are the #1 influence in a child’s life.
It’s not too early to talk with your child to prevent youth substance use.

When to Talk
– In a car, you have a captive audience to provide short bits of information.
– When watching TV, address any illegal drug or alcohol use shown.
– During mealtimes, take time to speak with your child – research shows that children who have dinner with their families are less likely to drink alcohol or use illegal drugs.
What to say
– Preschool: “Vitamins are to keep us healthy, but only take what I give you.”
– Elementary School: “You should only take medicines that your doctor chooses for you – it’s dangerous to take someone else’s medicine and it could make you sick.”
– Middle School: “Alcohol and drugs can damage your brain and may stop you from being your best in school and in sports.”

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Misusing prescription drugs can be harmful to your health and impact your participation in sports.

Only take medications that are prescribed to you and follow instructions from the doctor carefully. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs including sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs and cough and cold remedies can be harmful to your health if you don’t take the medication as directed. Do not take any medications that are prescribed to someone else, side effects can include nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite or even vision loss.

Thank You Casco Bay Region Teens!

Members of the community express their thanks to Casco Bay region teens, who are doing their part to keep their community safe and healthy. These times have been particularly difficult for kids as they haven’t been able to attend school, participate in events with their friends, or explore their world in new and exciting ways – all of the things that teens love. Casco Bay CAN Coalition members recognize how strong/resilient youth are and we thank them!

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy 2021!

Angst Screening in Community

Last week Casco Bay CAN and other area community Coalitions hosted a virtual screening of the documentary, Angst. The documentary is designed to raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a very special interview with Michael Phelps.
 
Shown below are students from RSU 5 and Freeport Middle School watching the film.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Being challenged in life is inevitable. Being defeated is optional.

Every time you fail, you move one step closer to succeeding. Embrace failure as part of success and get going. Perseverance will help to overcome challenges; it is easy to become overwhelmed so take it one step at a time.

Angst Free Virtual Screening & Panel Discussion

Join us Tuesday December 15th @ 6:30pm EST/ 3:30pm PST for a virtual screening and panel discussion for Angst.

This event is hosted by Casco Bay CAN, Choose To Be Healthy, City of Bangor Department of Public Health and Community Services, Healthy Acadia, Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, Project Alliance, River Valley Rising and Somerset Public Health.

Angst is a film-based education program designed to raise awareness around anxiety, with an emphasis on youth and families. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, experts, and parents. Our goal is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help. We will be showing the film, which will promptly be followed by a panel discussion and include access to further resources and materials.

Learn more at www.angstmovie.com

To learn about all of our online, film-based education programs, visit www.indieflix.com/edu

Register here!

 

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: 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.