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I AM WHAT I CHOOSE TO BECOME

I AM NOT WHAT YESTERDAY

TOLD ME TO BE 


 

 

   

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PREVENTION CORNER

SIGNS TO LOOK FOR IF YOUR  CHILDREN ARE VAPING

With everything that is going on today, researchers are suggesting that vaping is likely to rise with students being home from school. Now is an excellent time for parents and students to have a talk about staying healthy.

The following are some signs that your child may be using e-cigarettes or vaping nicotine products: 

Increased thirst – Vaping removes hydration from the skin of the mouth and throat leaving the user with a dry, flat palate.

Desire for flavorWhen the mouth is dried out, you lose flavor perception;, sometimes making food less flavorful. This even has a name: “vaper's tongue.” If your teen is reaching for the salt or enjoying unusually spicy foods, this may be a clue.

Nosebleeds Just like vaping dries the mouth, it dries the skin of the nose as well. When the nose gets dry, it can bleed.

Caffeine anxiety - Vaping plus caffeine can cause anxiety and severe mood swings. Your youth may or may not notice the correlation – look for signs of not wanting their favorite latte or iced coffee in their efforts to avoid these side effects.

Pneumonia – Reports indicate that there are nanoparticles present in e-cig vapor that cause inflammation in the lungs. When lungs get inflamed, it can lead to pockets of bacterial infection and cause pneumonia.

Finding unfamiliar USB drives, battery chargers or spare parts - Many of the devices have parts and cartridges that need to be exchanged and replaced. Look to see if your youth is carrying unfamiliar devices, or if there are unknown or interesting items in their trash bin.

This information was obtained from U.S. News, Dr. Natasha Burgert

Teens start using disposable vapes as loophole to flavored e-cig ban

NYACK STUDENTS' PSA ON THE DANGERS OF VAPING

EIGHT DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS - ENVIRONMENTAL

You are one of your child's most important teachers; a key role in his or her social emotional development.  According to a featured article in Promoting a Positive School Climate, "Social and emotional development builds the "soft skills" that are important for success in school and beyond."

When youth are encouraged to build and practice things like learning to express feelings/emotions, develop relationships and communicate with others, it is key to  helping them find positive solutions to problems, and making healthy safe choices.  It is a foundation for wellness and being in a healthy environment. 

Wellness can be a conscious, deliberate process that requires awareness of/ and making choices for a more satisfying lifestyle.  Wellness is not merely the absence of disease, illness and stress, but the presence of the dimensions listed in the diagram. Each dimension is interconnected  covering every aspect of your life.