Teens for Healthy Youth Educate 8th Graders During National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week 2022

In celebration of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) of Bluffton High School educated 8th graders at McCracken Middle School in the Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) Program.  The PPW program promotes overall wellness and encourages teens to make positive life choices, such as eating breakfast, exercising daily, getting at least 8 hours of sleep, and avoiding substance use.  The final task of the program is for each child to set a personal goal for themselves to adopt healthy habits or protective factors that will make them less susceptible to drug and alcohol use. The middle schoolers took a pre and post-test to measure the effectiveness of the PPW program. At the end of the period, THY engaged the middle schoolers in NIDA’s National Drug Facts Trivia IQ Challenge. THY members also distributed their informational brochure, THY Stress Fact Card,  and Effects of Drug Use Card to 425 eighth grade students in fourteen classrooms. THY members are aware that rising ninth graders are at risk for trying substances and emphasized that most high school kids do drugs or consume alcohol and choose to live a healthy lifestyle.  THY members plan to go back to McCracken during May Mental Health Awareness Month to educate the youth and promote positive teen health.  Lastly, Bluffton High School Media Technology students, Bluffton School Resource Officer, and THY students developed a video to educate Bluffton High’s students during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. To view the video go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwMztW7TEKA  or https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EQMC7tHGg4J2kBjUf3k56HcysTDAdSwq/view?usp=sharing .