March Post

Breathing Techniques From Our GEM Curriculum

Star 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.

For the exercise, we are going to image a star, breathing in, holding, and breathing out for every point.

Starting at any point of the star…

star breathing

INHALE as you trace the first “breathe in” side of star’s first point
HOLD your breath when you reach the tip of the point
EXHALE and breathe out as you trace your finger down the “breath out” side of the first
REPEAT until you reach where you started

for a total of 5 repetitions of “breath in →
hold → breathe out”

This breathing exercise helps us focus on our breathing, making each breath meaningful.

Did You Know? march
Did you know, the number of U.S. high school students who reported using vape products in the past month nearly doubled from 11% to 21%?

April 5th at 10:00 AM

10:00-10:15 AM Registration and supply pick-up for Plogging Event:  Address: 461 Wyoming Road Newark, DE 19716 (required for all participants)

10:15-11:15 AM Plogging on Pomeroy Trail (1-3 miles)

11:30-12:00 PM   University of Delaware STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Team Activity fun for youth and adults (optional)

This is a rain or shine event. Please dress accordingly.

Deadline for Registration is Monday, April 1st, 2024.

american lung ploggers
Last year’s Ploggers from the American Lung Association

Lunch and Learn drug facts week logo

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is observed to link people to the facts that shatter the
myths about drug abuse, alcohol, and addiction.

We are hosting two prevention webinars.
Helping Youth Thrive, Ideas for Prevention Education – March 14, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.

Join us for an insightful webinar in honor of National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. Gain valuable
insights into preventing tobacco and drug use among adolescents. Tailored for educators,
healthcare professionals, parents, and community organizers, this event offers essential tools
and diverse resources. Enhance your prevention strategies and contribute to a healthier future. 

Candy or Medicine? Keeping Kids Safe – March 19, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.
Have you ever had medicine that you have not completely finished that is sitting around the
house? A lot of medication looks very similar to candy. Learn about the proper way to dispose
of your unused medication so it does not end up in the hands of our youth.

A Zoom link will be sent 2 days before the webinar.

Register here today!!

Walk With Ease

Walk with Easy Spring 2024


Walk and Roll- Spring 2024

NDA Facts Week- Logo

Visit 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 #MyWhyNDAFWtheme!
*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

Become a Health & Wellness Ambassador

Health and Wellness Ambassador Meetings

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

The Bradshaw family who plogged 40 pounds near their neighborhood

Great job you guys!!

February 2024 family ploggers
Bradshaw family with their 40 pounds of plogging trash.

Dates to Remember:

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

March 10th: National Drug  and Alcohol Facts Contest Deadline

March 14th: Prevention Lunch and Learn Webinar- 12:00 pm

March 19th: Prevention Lunch and Learn Webinar- 12:00 pm

March 28th: HAWA Virtual Meeting 6-7 PM

April 1st: Registration deadline for Plogging on the Pomeroy Trail

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