How Do We Teach Them to Resist Peer Pressure When It Comes to Alcohol?
Research shows that most young people, 12- to 20-year-olds, do not consume alcohol. However, when it comes to underage drinking, many tweens and teens tend to believe the myth that “everyone is doing it.” This misconception could easily lead them to conclude that they should be trying alcohol too, so they will fit in.
Giving students the facts about alcohol, both the dangers and the statistics on how much drinking is really going on, and arming them with coping strategies to handle peer pressure can help in the fight to prevent underage drinking.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Parents and teachers may find the resources listed below useful in educating kids, tweens and teens against underage drinking:
· Laws in Your State - National Minimum Drinking Age Act
· Activities: Reach Out Now (PDF)
· Booklet: I Wasn't Having Fun Anymore (PDF)
· Lesson Plan: Reach Out Now (PDF)
· Lesson Plans: Stop Underage Drinking
While some schools have already implemented higher nutrition standards for food and beverages sold in vending machines and a la carte food lines, the US Department of Agriculture has not updated their rules since 1979. New rulings will go into effect in September 2014, so some schools may see nutrition improvements in the future.
- Summer Food Programs
- Fire Up Your Feet!
- Spread the Word, Not the Germs!
- Introducing the New Health-Based President's Challenge Program
- What Do This Year's Updated Nutrition Standards Mean
- School Wellness Policies
- MO HealthNet for Kids
- NPTA Promotes Healthy Lifestyles
- Parents - the Anti-Drug (Monitoring Tips that Work)
- Bicycling for Fun and Wellness
- Tips for Making Exercise a Family Affair
- Childhood Obesity - Its Relationship to TV and Computer Use
- Wellness: Action for Healthy Kids
- Wellness: America Walks
- Get Involved With Your School's Wellness Program
- Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis
- A Personal Story - Food Allergies and School
- NIDA for Teens - The Science Behind Drug Abuse
- The Children's Hospital Parent Advice Line
- The Parent's Role in Combating Childhood Obesity