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Newsletter - February 2023
City & School Budget presentations will begin at 6 PM

About this meal
Meat entrée will include curried chicken, spiced lentil, collard green, and injera/rice (choose). Vegetarian will include mildly spiced mushroom instead of chicken. 
Know someone trying to quit vaping?

This month, the WPP is highlighting local and virtual cessation and treatment options for both Nicotine/Tobacco-derived vaping and high-potency THC/Cannabis vaping.

Helping Teens in Vermont Stop Vaping
Resource for Teens from TRUTH This is Quitting
MyLife MyQuit for Teens: Text 36072

Youth Taking Action
*New Day!!*
3 to 4 PM

Above the Influence with Heather Win
Learn more about the City's and School's FY24 Budget Proposals
Drinking with Our Kids Teaches Them to Drink Responsibly
     Most ninth graders in Vermont don't use alcohol. And even by 12th grade, more than 30% of youth have avoided ever using. Prevention efforts spearheaded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation started in the 1990s led to the current coalition-based prevention model. The reductions in use among youth have been consistent with these efforts where they have been implemented, nationally, over time. 
     However, the alcohol industry depends on problem-use for most of its profit, and they do this by attracting youth and under 21-year-olds. The industry has also over-relied on the idea of "responsible" use, which has kept the public's focus on the individual. At the same time, they market their product to youth and young adults as a way to signify independence, identity, freedom--adulthood. Search for alcohol ads online, or just look at your local corner store, and you'll see some examples. 
     As a result of these marketing efforts, parents hear that they can help their kids by using alcohol with them at home before they turn age 21.
      However, youth and young adults are most influenced by what their parents tell them and ask them to do. It can be especially helpful to set the expectation before youth and young adults leave home to be on their own, and then again once they are living on their own. Delaying alcohol use until age 21, or even 18, can greatly increase protections against all future addiction, and provide solid ground from which youth and young adults can go on to enjoy full lives.
Jason Kilmer is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Assistant Director of Health & Wellness for Alcohol and Other Drug Education in the Division of Student Life at the University of Washington. Dr. Kilmer's presentation (QR code above) is funny and also poignant, and helps make vital connections between science and policy that in turn help us protect and provide for the future health our youth and young adults. Scan the QR code above or click here to watch.
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