- Lifeskills Program Funded Through State Programs
Lifeskills Program Funded Through State Programs
Colleen Brunner/BCP correspondent | Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2012 3:00 am
Newell -- Each Monday, Sabrina Harmon, Whatever It Takes Coalition director, teaches one Lifeskills class per day for each of the sixth through ninth grades in the Newell School District.
The kids are enthusiastic and Harmon is getting great feedback from parents. One parent said,” whatever you are doing in those classes on Mondays, keep it up. It is making a difference.”
The material has been endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Assn. and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Drug Strategies, Inc., the National Center for Drug Control, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the White House Office of Drug Policy.
Life Skills topics include self-image and self-improvement, making decisions, smoking myths and realities, smoking and biofeedback, alcohol myths and realities, marijuana myths and realities, advertising, violence in the media, coping with anxiety, coping with anger, communication skills, social skills, assertiveness and resolving conflicts.
2012 Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute
The 2012 Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute was held at the Ramkota Hotel in Pierre on March 28-29, 2012. The training was a great success. Community members, schools, organizations and businesses from across the state attended. The trainers, Debra G Morris MPH, MCHES, Madeleine Solomon, MPH, April Schweitzer and Sarah Anderson, MPH, CHES were from the Emory Centers for Training and Technical Assistance. They provided a two-day event that included Interventions to Improve Health, Evolution of Best Practices, Public Policy, Youth Engagement, and Coalition Building. Participants left motivated and eager to work on school and community tobacco prevention efforts.
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