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1/19/2017

Students Invited to Create Videos to Support Start Talking! Drug Prevention Initiative

StartRecording.JPGThe Drug Free Action Alliance and the Start Talking! drug prevention program, through support from Verizon, are inviting Ohio students in grades 6 through 12, to test their creativity and produce 60-second videos offering tips on how adults and other youth can have frequent and honest conversations about substance abuse.
 


1/18/2017

Know! January 23-29 is National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

When it comes to alcohol and other drugs, there are opinions and then there are facts. It’s hard enough for adults to distinguish between the two; it is even more challenging for youth, who get much of their information from the internet, TV, movies, music or from friends. With that in mind, parents and other caregivers are encouraged to participate in this year’s National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week.


1/13/2017

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month

As you may regularly witness first-hand, birth defects can have far-reaching effects on the lives of children and families. While many unknown factors can play a role in the occurrence of birth defects, infection prevention is one of the simple steps we can all work together on.

Print out “Prevent to Protect Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection” to raise awareness of the connection between infections and birth defects. 

Resources to support your conversations with families are available through the BrightFutures.org and HealthyChildren.org websites. 
 


1/10/2017

Know! To Get YOUR Cell Phone Use in Check

ThinkstockPhotos-477207826-1.jpgTeens spend an average of nine hours a day on their smartphones. Yes, you’ve heard it before, and know it’s unhealthy for them for a number of reasons, and you have rules in place to reduce their screen time. Very good; you’ve got your child’s phone use in check, but how about yours?
 


1/5/2017

Know! To Set Family Goals for the New Year

ThinkstockPhotos-613765260-1.jpgJanuary rolls in like a breath of fresh air. The calendar is reset and, in many regards, it is a chance to begin anew and an opportunity to do things “better” moving forward. The new year is also an ideal occasion for parents and children to come together to set fresh goals as both a family unit and as individuals. As you consider potential objectives for 2017 we challenge you, as a family, to come up with ways to make this a more meaningful, more impactful year.


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