Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: 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.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month – 5 Tips to Help Your Teen

April is Alcohol Awareness Month! Check out this short 3 minute video to learn 5 Tips To Help Your Teen Stay Safe And Substance Free!




Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes (PAVe)

Parents Against Vaping e-cigs (PAVe) is founded by moms as a response to the youth vaping epidemic. PAVe provides education for parents, teens, schools and educators. PAVe also advocates for legislative change.

Learn more by visiting their website below!

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: 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.

American Lung Association: Vaping Conversation Guide

You can play a significant role in protecting your child from the dangers of vaping and nicotine dependence. Maintain an open line of communication with your kid, and use the tips and suggestions in the American Lung Association’s Vaping Conversation Guide as a framework for having a productive conversation. The guide contains tips for:

  • Before You Talk
  • While You’re Talking
  • After You Talk

Click here to access the guide.






COVID-19: How Young People Use Digital Media to Manage Their Mental Health

Common Sense Media reports, “Teens and young adults will require tools and support for their mental health as they come out of the pandemic and reenter the classroom and the world. Mental health is a fundamental aspect of building and sustaining a healthy digital ecosystem. The Digital Health, Social Media and Depression report is a review of how teens and young adults are leveraging social media and digital tools to access health and mental health information and communities.”
Watch this short video below to learn more and hear directly from teens on this important mental health topic!



Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Life of a Student Athlete- Tip of the Week: Develop healthy habits early in life.

As a teenager it’s important to start healthy habits now that will keep you healthy later in life. Eat lean proteins, fruits and vegetables and some complex carbohydrates. For proper hydration, drink six to eight 12-ouce glasses of water a day. Exercise three to five days a weekand be sure to get 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Choose to be drug and alcohol-free.

Event Reminder for Tomorrow: Free Screening of LIKE at 6:30PM

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday March 16 @ 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT for a virtual screening and panel of LIKE a Documentary about the impact of social media on our lives.

LIKE is a film-based education program exploring the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to inspire us to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care … but is that what’s really happening? We will be showing the film, which will promptly be followed by a panel discussion and include access to further resources and materials.
This free event is made possible with generous support from the Bradley Family Foundation and Casco Bay CAN. Hosted by Freeport Middle School and Freeport Community Services. View the details and register here:



Families & The Power of Listening

“We talk a lot about the power of words…teaching kids to put words to their feelings, modeling emotional literacy. But the flip side of talking—the critical flip side—is listening. What happens when you don’t feel heard?” Listen to this 18 minute podcast from Lynn Lyons, Psychotherapist, Anxiety and Children to learn more!