Excitement at the Down for Life Expo

improptu dance 2014The 6th annual Down for Life Expo sponsors (Rythm EFX, Northside Aztlan Community Center, City of Fort Collins, Poudre School District and Team Fort Collins) believe that the March 8 event was a great success. Down for Life attracted over 600 youth and 800 people total. Down for Life is a community event that provides healthy and positive entertainment and activities for youth.

We would especially like to thank the groups who shared their talents: Dance Express, Just for Kix (Henderson and Windsor), Mountain Dance, A Dance Place (Greeley and Windsor), Choice City Breakerz, Colorado Dance Collective, Studio West Dance, Northern Colorado Dance Fusion, Little Kids Rock from Polaris Expeditionary Learning School. These individuals also performed: Alexis Pineda, “Azue the Great,” and Armando Silva. Additionally, youth attendees were able to discover other healthy outlets thanks to Title Boxing, Poudre River Public Library District, City of Fort Collins Youth Advisory Board, City of Fort Collins Bike Helmet giveaway, Cross Fit from Northside Aztlan Community Center and Terrence who encouraged break dancing and music making. Thank you to Wagner Rents for their generous equipment donation.kids on stage 2014

We would like to thank sponsors Fort Fund and the Foothills Rotary Club. Many groups provided volunteers to keep the night safe and fun for all: Fossil Ridge High School Key Club, Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, CSU Theta Chi, CSU Alpha Delta Chi Sorority, CSU OX Fraternity, CSU Alpha Phi Omega, and Touchstone Health Partners’ Spirit Crossing. Key individuals who also gave of their time were Zack Klassen, Kayzha Shepard, Omar Nunez, Tammy Beard, Michelle Simon, Zach Delissio and Brittany Koonce. Eighty-one volunteers whose combined hours of service totaled nearly 350 hours. To honor the volunteers, Garbanzo’s Mediterranean Grill generously provided dinner and Sam’s Club gave cookies.

Attendees participated in a variety of interactive opportunities and watched performances and demonstrations throughout the gym.Armando silva 2014

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Prescription Drug Take Back Day and new Permanent Disposal Bin

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and our local law enforcement will collect unused prescription medications on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop-off locations may be found throughout the county; including police stations in Fort Collins, Windsor and Loveland, as well as the Wellington Fire Station 1 and the Red Feather Lakes Fire Station at 44 Firehouse Lane. Colorado State University Green Hall, 750 S. Meridian Avenue, is also a drop-off location. 5310186-pills-in-hand

Due to community need, the Fort Collins Police Services has started its own DAILY drug take-back system. The Colorado Department of Public Health has provided a secure bin at the main police station, 2221 S. Timberline Road. You can safely and anonymously drop off unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on the weekends 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

It is essential to get unused medications off the street. Last year at least 29 people in Larimer County, and over 350 statewide, died from accidental overdoses. The following items will not be accepted: illicit drugs, mercury thermometers, syringes, IV solutions, oxygen containers, chemotherapy and other radioactive substances. Please call Fort Collins Police Services at 970.221.6540 for further information.

If you are concerned that your child may be misusing prescription drugs, then check out this article to learn the signs: http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=fe8b33972f29b8e3f893baefc&id=44ccd4b42c&e=c65b47671e

Join us for our largest and hippest youth activity of the year

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Simply Red MC strives to be a Role Model

Team Fort Collins’ Master of Ceremonies for the 2014 Simply Red, Todd Harding, recently wrote a blog for my colleague Nomi Ketterling, Director of Weld County Prevention Partners. Here is his blog:

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Todd and Jenny Harding at Team Fort Collins’ Simply Red in 2013. To see them at the 2014 event, buy tickets on Event Brite, http://tiny.cc/x1lw7w, or by calling Team Fort Collins at 970.227.2519.

My job as a DJ in Northern Colorado keeps me in the spotlight. Because of that, I never forget that people pay attention to what I say, what I wear and how I behave, even when I’m not on the job. Most people don’t have to live “in the spotlight” like that. Or do they?
Actually, you live in the spotlight and you may not even know it. Whether you are a parent or not, kids pay attention to how adults behave. That’s actually how they learn how to behave—by watching us. If we lose our temper every time we drive, we’re sending a message. If we drink enough alcohol to be visibly impaired, they see that behavior and think, “then it must be OK.” If we decide to jaywalk or run a red light or lie to a family member, kids learn that that’s acceptable behavior.

I made a decision when I was young that I wouldn’t drink alcohol at all. I’m not saying you should, too. But, it’s important to know that Weld County has one of the highest rates of underage drinking in the state. Research shows that teens that drink are more likely to have drinking problems as adults. That’s not what I want for anyone, or for my community.
So I’m asking that you think about the message you’re giving to our kids. When you drink, are you doing it to excess? Do you celebrate every special occasion by drinking too much? Do you play drinking games? If so, the kids around you learn that drinking games are normal. And one of the big problems out there right now is binge drinking among teens, which often happens while playing drinking games.

There are other ways to be a role model. Be kind to strangers and animals. Keep your promises. Admit when you’re wrong. And remember — if we take the time to do the right thing as much as possible, our kids will learn what the right thing is.
Whether you want to be a role model or not, you are. So let’s all resolve to behave in a way that inspires kids to make smart choices, instead of foolish ones.

Read More: Todd Harding Is In The Spotlight – He Choses To Be A Positive Role Model | http://k99.com/todd-harding-is-in-the-spotlight-he-choses-to-be-a-positive-role-model/?trackback=tsmclip

The Healthy College Experience

Many students perceive the college experience as drinking and going out to college house parties. After I graduated high school, in 2007 I heard so many people talk about how awesome the parties were going to be and how fun it would be College Experiencebecause of that reason. In reality, this is not what the college experience is all about.

An instructor of mine, John Young, at Front Range Community College, said to me, “Stay involved in campus activities. That’s where the real “college experience” is to be found.” At that moment, it made me realize how many “college stories” I’ve heard that actually had nothing to do with college. Being involved in campus activities really is what the real college experience is about. Continue reading “The Healthy College Experience”

NIDA Releases 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Data (Monitoring the Future Study)

Today, Director Kerlikowske joined National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)  Director Nora Volkow to release results from monitoring the futrethe 2013 Monitoring the Future (MTF) study, an annual survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in the United States. The study is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse with a grant to the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.

Read the survey results here, or read about Monitoring the Future in the News:

Smoking: A Second Chance At Prevention

At Team Fort Collins we believe that there can be second chances at prevention. Once a person has engaged in a substance and then stops using that substance, prevention can be a daily process. On the Behavioral Health Continuum of Care,quit smoking Team Fort Collins primarily works within the areas of health promotion and prevention. Sometimes we come across fabulous tips that are in the area of treatment.

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US. Yet, nearly 1 in every 5 adults smoke. About 3,900 children under 18 will try their first cigarette and about 950 of them will become a daily smoker and most of them report that they’d like to quit but can’t. Continue reading “Smoking: A Second Chance At Prevention”

Prevention Activities for Teens

According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about a third of high school seniors report using an illicit drug sometime in the past year. More than ten percent report non medical use of potentially addictive prescription painkillers; and more than 20 percent report smoking marijuana in the past month.

Many teens are not aware of the risks to their health, to their success in school and the dangers while driving under the influence. When teens are given the scientific facts about drugs, they can be better prepared to make good decisions for themselves and they can share this information with others.

Drug Facts QuestionsNational Drug Facts Week is January 27- February 22.  This will be a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. In community and school events all over the country, teens and experts will come together for an open discussion about how drugs affect the brain, body and behavior. In school assemblies, after school clubs, athletic events, book clubs and other venues, students will be able to ask scientists questions about drugs.

Through community-based events and activities on the internet, television, and through contests, we can all encourage our teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about drugs and drug abuse. If you want to engage teens, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has some great cost-effective ways to empower teens to learn the facts about drug abuse and addiction. If you are concerned about funding, here are some great low-cost ideas to help you out:

Continue reading “Prevention Activities for Teens”

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