Schools Efforts to Prevent New Smokers are Proven to Work

April 30, 2013

Smoking prevention programs implemented within schools are proven to reduce the number of young new smokers. According to studies found in Science Daily, the effects can prevent up to one year of smoking.

Researchers from the University of Oxford in England studied over 140,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 18 whom never smoked. After one year, the number of smokers from the members of the smoking prevention programs were significantly less.

Researchers that reported from Cochrane Library stated that the study found booster sessions to reinforce the lessons of the programs were not helpful, unless they focused on social skills and peer pressure resistance training. Another program that demonstrated to students to resist social pressure was not effective.

Studies such as these are important for young people so they can be exposed to programs that develop their social and life skills without the social pressure of smoking.



An Effort to Bring Parents & Schools Closer Together

April 26, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines parental engagement with schools as “parents and school staff working together to support and improve the learning, development, and health of children and adolescents.”

The Department of Education’s goal to build positive relationships between families, school staff & administrators have clearly been shown in the offering of these webinars. These relationships are critical when it concerns the process of successful learning and healthy development of our nations children. Some beneficial links to these relationships include better psycho-social functioning, better academic performance and achievement among children grades K-12. Another positive link would be increased school safety.

The webinar reviews the importance of parents engaging with schools that goes hand-in-hand with emphasizing effective strategies for increasing parental engagement throughout all levels of schooling. Not only will effective strategies be mentioned but also methods of review for parents and families when students are performing above average and struggling, along with addressing barriers such as hard-to-reach parents and families.

The webinars will take place on May 1, 4:00-5:30pm ET & May 2, 11:00am-12:30pm ET, and be accompanied by real world perspectives from school administrators and staff currently in the field. They will share challenges, success and lessons learned regarding parent/family engagement.

By the end of the free webinars, the audience will be able to recognize the benefits of parents engaging in schools along with strategies to improve the nature of parent/families-to-school relationships. A final goal reached by attending the webinar will be to implement strategies in which students are positive enforced during times of above average performance and reinforced learning in times of struggle.


New Study Shows Harmful Effects by Cinnamon Challenge

April 26, 2013

Last year, the American Association of Poison Control Centers received 139 calls regarding cinnamon. They issued a warning concerning the ever so popular “Cinnamon Challenge”. The challenge consisted of teenagers and young adults attempting to swallow a large quantity of cinnamon while posting the entire visual on viral video streaming sites such as YouTube.

After gaining thousands of views on YouTube, doctors of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, write in Pediatric journals that attempting this stunt may develop long-lasting lesions, scarring and inflammation of the airway, and even lung damage. At least 30 people who took the cinnamon challenge required medical attention, including ventilator support for collapsed lungs.

Report author Steven Lipshultz states “Given the allure of social media, peer pressure and a trendy new fad, pediatricians and parents have a ‘challenge’ of their own in counseling tweens and teens regarding the sensibilities of the choices they make and the potential health risks of this dare,”. The presence of social media and it’s influences our younger generation can easily shed bad light due to stunts such as the Cinnamon Challenge.


Decline in Past Month Alcohol Use Among U.S. 8th Graders Reaches Record Low; Decline Among 10th and 12th Graders May Have Stalled

April 5, 2013

The percentage of 8th graders reporting past month use of alcohol reached a record low† in 2012, according to data from the national Monitoring the Future study. Approximately one-tenth (11%) of 8th graders reported drinking at least one sip of alcohol in the past month in 2012, compared to the peak prevalence of 26% in 1996. Past month prevalence rates among 10th and 12th graders reached record low levels in 2011, at 27% and 40%, respectively, but did not change significantly from 2011 to 2012 (see figure below). The decline in use among 12th graders in this survey is similar to the decline in past year use reported by college freshmen .

Adapted by the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)  from University of Michigan, “The Rise in Teen Marijuana Use Stalls, Synthetic Marijuana Use Levels, and Use of ‘Bath Salts’ Is Very Low,” Monitoring the Future press release, December 19, 2012. Available online at


Prevention efforts needed after new study shows girls use smoking as a way of getting through tough times

April 5, 2013

A study was conducted on the relationship between adolescent smoking and moods. The result of the study showed that girls are more strongly affected than boys when it comes to dealing with difficult times. Girls tend to smoke more when they are stressed. These results suggest more prevention efforts are needed to combat adolescents from picking up the habit of smoking, which can lead to long-term affects and health risks. Prevention efforts include how girls can better handle tough times and to regulate their moods without smoking.

To read the study, click here.

OJJDP seeking applications for funding opportunity

April 2, 2013

OJJDP FY 2013 Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program

Grant: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), is seeking applications for funding under its Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program. This program furthers DOJ’s mission by reducing violence involving youth in targeted communities.

Eligibility: This program provides funding for localities to support federal, state, and local partnerships to replicate proven multi-disciplinary, community-based strategies to reduce violence.

Amount: OJJDP will make as many as six cooperative agreements in amounts raning from $250,000 to as much as $1.5 million each for a 3-year award period.

Contact: For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, or via e-mail to Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays. For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Justice Information Center (JIC) at 1-877-927-5657, via e-mail to, or by live Web chat. JIC hours of operation are 8:30am to 5:00pm eastern time, Monday through Friday, and 8:30am to 8:00pm eastern time on the solicitation close date.

Click here for more information.

Deadline: April 22, 2013

Before you send your kids to college, talk to them about underage drinking

April 1, 2013

A new study suggests that parents who discuss drinking with their teens before they enter college can influence their drinking behavior. Parents who talk to their children about drinking alcohol can lessen the chances of their teens becoming heavy drinkers in college.

Effective strategies include talking about why teens drink and other do not, along with the potential dangers of drinking. The study involved 1,900 students and their parents. They were surveyed during a summer before the students started college, along with another survey in the fall of the students’ freshmen and sophomore years of college.

The parents were divided into groups: one group given a handbook full of discussions and nonjudgmental conversation tips, a second group that used a handbook and “booster” discussions, a third group that did not talk to their children about drinking until they already started school, and a fourth group that wasn’t given any instructions.

Before the study, 51% of students considered themselves nondrinkers, 30% drank heavily on weekends, 15% drank moderately on weekends, and 5% were heavy users of alcohol. After 15 months of college, 25% of the students were nondrinkers and 29% were heavy drinkers.

Click here to read more on the study.

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