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Know your facts about drug and alcohol use among teens

 

January 23, 2017

 

During the month of January – we will all have the chance to become informed as part of National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (Jan. 23-29). The weeklong event is a national health observance that encourages teens and their parents to learn about the devastating effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

 

And with such abuse, teens are not only at risk for their health, but their ability to achieve in school is also hampered. Add in impaired driving and there is a real potential for disaster.

 

According to DrugAbuse.gov, drug use among high school seniors, more than 5% misuse prescription drugs; more than 20% smoke marijuana, and 35% use alcohol. By the 12th grade, about half of adolescents have abused an illicit drug at least once, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

 

There are many ways to reduce drug and alcohol use among teens, but among the most vital is to get involved and stay informed.

 

Teachers and parents are urged to take part in the weeklong campaign and learn alongside teens about how to become informed and how to spread the word against drug and alcohol abuse.  And everyone can get started by brushing up on some facts about how drugs affect the brain and the body at https://teens.drugabuse.gov.

 

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.

 


 

Set your health and wellness goals for the New Year

January 11, 2017

With the New Year comes new resolutions. Why not set some goals for improved health? The following are just a few easy, very manageable ways that you can start 2017 with the goal of your best health and wellness:

Move. Strive to do so every day. Choose the stairs instead of the elevator. Park a reasonable distance from your destination so that you will be compelled to walk. Throw the football outside with your kids. Take an extra lap around the mall. Whenever possible, get up and get moving.

Drink water. Lots of it. Water hydrates the body and is even good for brain function. Not only does it help to control calorie consumption; it energizes muscles and refreshes your skin. Drink water with every snack and meal. And always keep a bottle of water nearby.

Calm down. Put down your phone and let your mind wander. Turn off the television and have dinner with your family at the dinner table. Quiet mediation can bring peace and calm to your life. It’s just as important to pursue hobbies that make you feel happy and revitalized.

Eat well. OK, so you don’t have to be perfect; just be better. Sneak in a serving or two of fruits or vegetables at least once or twice a day. Splurge on a fresh salad. Sink your teeth into a juicy apple or pear.

Make a call. It’s always a good idea to make an appointment with your health care provider earlier than later. Keep your primary care provider informed of your health concerns so your provider can make sure you’re up to date on the preventative testing you may need. If you’re behind on your checkups or shots, there’s no time like the present.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.