Friday, February 12, 2010

Navigating the Teens Years at NHHS

The Nathan Hale High School PTSA is hosting a forum for parents . . .

Navigating the Teen Years
February 24, 2010
Nathan Hale High School

6:15-7:00 p.m
-- Information booths including representatives from RADD (Raiders Against Destructive Decisions); Hale counselors; Teen Health Center; and Prevention Works in Seattle.

7:00 p.m.
-- Principal Jill Hudson will present Healthy Youth Survey data
-- Jamie Weber from the SAMA Foundation will talk about substance abuse and the teen brain, prevention, and treatment
-- Marion Howard from the Hale counseling center will discuss types of assistance available at the school

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New alcohol advertising regulations

From the Washington State Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking:

Over 500 teens and adults sent comments to the Liquor Control Board (LCB) encouraging increased regulation of alcohol advertising. This was unprecedented!

The journey is almost complete. The LCB filed the proposed rules with the coder reviser on January 13. They include:

-- Limit alcohol advertising signs on stores to 4 with no more than 1600 square inches per sign.

-- Limit alcohol advertising signs at festival beer gardens to the same rules and eliminate inflatables or give-aways that promote alcohol.

-- Signs should not appeal to, or target, children/teens.

-- Signs should be more than 500 feet to the property line of schools, churches, playgrounds.

The last step before adoption is a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 24, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the LCB in Olympia. The LCB will adopt the rules on March 3, 2010 and they will become effective April 3.

While alcohol advertising may not be the #1 factor contributing to underage drinking, it is a factor that influences youth in all communities. This is a wonderful success for substance abuse prevention and it is largely thanks to everyone who made comments to the LCB over the past year about alcohol advertising.

Parents drinking with teens?

From today's Seattle PI: Kegging it with the kids: Is it okay for parents to drink with their teens?

Links to substance abuse prevention resources for parents are available on the Prevention WinS website.