February Post

Breathing Techniques From Our GEM Curriculum

5-5-10 Breathing

Get in an upright seated position with your back straight, feet flat on the floor and roll
your shoulders back, making sure you can breathe easily.

INHALE through the nose for a count of 5
HOLD for a count of 5
EXHALE through the mouth for a count of 10!
(10 seconds is a long-time! Remember to breath slow and calmly)
Repeat 3x!

This type of breathing helps us to clear our minds, by having our brains focus on the breathes and counts, rather than stress.

Did You Know?
Did you know, among high school students, 13% report that at least one of their four closest friends smokes cigarettes?

Walk With Ease

Walk with Easy Spring 2024


Walk and Roll- Spring 2024

FREE Webinar: Considering and Catching Up on Cannabis Science: Opportunities and Implications for Prevention

With increasing potency/concentration of cannabis being seen in states with legal non-medical or medical cannabis, there has also been emerging research on the effects of these high potency products.

In this webinar, Dr. Jason Kilmer of the University of Washington, will review what prevention and treatment professionals need to know about cannabis in 2024, including ways in which use of cannabis can contribute to academic outcomes and mental health issues.

In addition to reviewing research on cognitive impacts, impaired sleep, mental health, and cannabis use disorder, we will review prevention and intervention opportunities.

NDA Facts Week- Logo

2024 National Drug and Alcohol Facts Contest
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week is observed in March to link people to the facts that
shatter the myths about drug abuse. To get the facts out there, we are having a
drawing/graphic design, video, poem/spoken word, and t-shirt contest.

teen.drugabuse.gov to find out more information. 
Participants work will be posted on social media during the National Drug & Alcohol Facts
Week, March 18-24, 2024.
Use your creative illustration skills to bring your drawing to life using #MyWhyNDAFW theme! *
Submission requirements:
-Must be 8.5 x 11 size
-Appropriate for age category
-Two key prevention facts
Lights. Camera. Action! Be the director and film a video that features #MyWhyNDAFW theme! *
Submission requirements:
-Length 30 seconds or less
-Appropriate for age category
-Two key prevention facts
-Grabs viewers attention
-Acting is encouraged!
Express the data or emotions in a powerfully vivid and imaginative style using #MyWhyNDAFW
theme! *
Submission requirements:
-Make it well thought out and powerful
-Appropriate length for age category
-Two key prevention facts
-Voice recording is recommended but optional
Show us your creativity. Design a t-shirt showing #MyWhyNDAFW theme! *
Submission requirements:
-Use computer program design or drawing on 8 x 11 size
-Appropriate for age category

-Two key prevention facts
-Grabs attention

MyWhyNDAFW theme

*Why is preventing drug use important?
*What are healthy ways you can cope with stress?
*Why do you choose not to use drugs or alcohol?

10-12 years old
13-15 years old
16-18 years old
1 st place $50
2 nd place $25
3 rd place $15
For each age category
March 10, 2024

For more information or questions, feel free to reach out to Lindsay Hughes at
Artwork submissions emailed to Lindsay Hughes lgooden@udel.edu


FentAlert: Contest Flyer

Rules and Judging Criteria Link

Learn How to Enter Link

In January, the Dover Youth Committee (DYC) hosted their first, free community dinner. The dinner was a three course meal, and a cooking demonstration was provided by Delaware State University Cooperative Extension EFNEP. The community and partners enjoyed a 3 Can Vegetarian Chili on a cold winter evening.

Dover Youth Committee Upcoming Events: 

  • Open group meetings to like-minded partners; next DYC full committee meeting is Thursday, March 14th at Noon on Zoom. Contact doveryouthde@gmail.com to be added to the email list to recieve the link.
  • Community-wide free dinner in April – details to come!

For more information about Dover Youth Committee or to see how you can get involved, please visit DYC

Become a Health & Wellness Ambassador

Health and Wellness Ambassador Meetings

January’s $100 Amazon Plogging Gift Card Goes to…

Dates to remember:

February 22: HAWA Virtual Meeting 6-7 PM.

February 26: Submissions for the FentAlert due. Follow the links above.

February 27th: Enrollment deadlines for Spring Session 1– both Walk w/ Ease and Walk+Roll.

March 14th: Dover Youth Committee Zoom meeting at noon.

April 9th: Enrollment deadlines for Spring Session 2– both Walk w/ Ease and Walk+Roll.