New training dates added to schedule

October 27, 2010

New training dates added to schedule in November 2010:

Wednesday, November 3rd at 9:00 am EDT – High School

Monday, November 8th at 10:00 am EDT – Middle School

Thursday, November 11th at 3:30 pm EDT – Middle School

Monday, November 22nd at 2:00 pm EDT – High School

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BGCGW Awarded $210,000 to Support Life Skills Training for 500 Local Youth

October 27, 2010

Program Funded by Three-Year Grant from Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth

WASHINGTON (October 20, 2010)– Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington announced today a three-year, $210,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation, a division of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, to teach the LifeSkills Training program to nearly 500 children at local clubs and schools in the Northern Virginia region.

LifeSkills Training provides students with the skills to resist pressures to use tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, and offers information about the health problems caused by these substances. Students participating in the program learn skills to aid in developing a positive self-image, how to resist peer pressure and how to avoid being influenced by advertisements and the media. They also learn how to cope with anxiety and how to better communicate with others and build friendships.

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First Nations’ Students Supported by New LifeSkills Programs

October 25, 2010

New programs that teach positive lifestyle choices and build resistance to high-risk behaviours are being delivered to children and youth at Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and Maskwacis Cree Communities. The programs are supported by $3.96 million in Safe Communities grant funding from the Alberta government over 3 years.

The Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and Maskwacis Cree Communities invited the University of Alberta to partner with them to identify an effective program for substance abuse and violence prevention that could be delivered to children and youth in the community. The LifeSkills© program, is an internationally-developed, evidence-based program chosen by the University based on its effectiveness with school-aged children.  

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October 22, 2010

In the policy statement, “Children, Adolescents, Substance Abuse, and the Media”, recently released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, urges the federal government to pass stricter laws limiting tobacco ads in all media accessible to children. The 11 page report encourages the entertainment industry to take active measures to counteract the glamorization of tobacco use in order to lessen the number of young smokers.

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HS Online Training Workshop Now Available!

October 21, 2010

Following the lead of LST’s popular Middle School Online Training… the ALL NEW High School Online Training Workshop is now available! November 3, 2010 at 9am EDT…Register Today!

CESAR FAX: Early Alcohol Use and Dependence

October 20, 2010

CESAR FAX reports on early alcohol use and dependence when it states:

Early onset of alcohol use is associated with a greater likelihood of developing alcohol abuse or dependence at a later age, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Those who first used alcohol at or before the age of 14 were nearly four times more likely to meet the criteria for past year alcohol abuse or dependence than those who started using alcohol between the ages of 18 and 20 (16.5% vs. 4.4%) and more than six times more likely than those who started using alcohol at or after age 21 (16.5% vs. 2.5%). These findings illustrate the need for alcohol education and prevention efforts as early as middle school.
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Study Finds Plain Tobacco Packs Discourage Teen Smoking

October 15, 2010 reports on teen smoking in a research report. According to a new study presented at an international conference in Sydney, Australia, plain packaging of tobacco may discourage teens from smoking.
Preliminary findings from focus group interviews with 14 to 15 year-olds in Auckland, New Zealand, show that plain packs increase attention to the graphic warnings; increase overall perceptions of smoking harm; and reduce the social appeal of smoking.

“This suggests that the combination of graphic warning labels and plain cigarette packaging would send a clear and consistent message about the harm and unacceptability of cigarette smoking and therefore, has the potential to further reduce smoking uptake among adolescents,” University of Auckland lead author Lisa Webb said about their research.

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