Monday, December 11, 2017

Holidays Are a Great Time to Talk to Your Kids!


Holidays Are a Great Time to Talk to Your Kids!

Alcohol is a part of many holiday traditions as folks enjoy a festive cocktail or toast in the New Year with friends and family. It’s fine for adults who are drinking responsibly, but it is important to remember that children are careful observers of adult behavior. With this in mind, the holidays are a great time to talk with your children about drinking alcohol.

You want your children to be well-informed and that means knowing the risk of drinking alcohol long before they are tempted or faced with peer pressure. Tell them about the dangerous effects of alcohol on their developing brain. Explain that the teen brain is still growing and changing until about the age of 24. Alcohol can cause permanent damage during this crucial developmental period. Repeated exposure to alcohol during adolescence can have long term negative effects on the brain, especially for mood and judgement. It could critically affect teens’ ability to perform tasks, such as driving, doing math, and competing in sports.  

Always remember that, as a parent, YOU play a major role in shaping your kids’ attitudes towards alcohol. Be firm that you don’t want your children drinking AT ALL!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from UthMpact


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 
from UthMpact

UthMpact participated in the 37th Annual Lakeland Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 7th. To celebrate the theme "A Night at the North Pole", UthMpact decorated their float with a candy cane twist. Over 40,000 spectators cheered as UthMpact showcased their social norms facts and the importance of living a sober life.

Our UthMpact team members owe a huge Thank You to Glenn and Lecinda Steele, special friends who donated their time and trailer to make the UthMpact float a success.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall 2017 DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Event Successfully Nets 1,558 lbs. of Medications


                     Fall 2017 DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Event 
Successfully Nets 1,558 lbs. of Medications

Polk County, FL - StandUP Polk and local law enforcement agencies were proud to participate in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back event on Saturday, October 28, 2017 for Polk County residents to turn in expired or unwanted human and pet medication.

An estimated 1,558 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticals were collected and safely disposed of via incineration. The 8 drop-off sites that participated in the Fall Medication Take Back included Auburndale Police Department, Bartow Police Department, Haines City Police Department, Lake Alfred Police Department, Lake Hamilton Police Department, Lake Wales Police Department, Lakeland Police Department, and Winter Haven Police Department.

The latest event brings the total for collections held in Polk County to 13,558 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticals dating back to 2010.

Unwanted medications may also be taken to the county’s six permanent drop sites, funded by Givewell Community Foundation in Lakeland, at the Police Department locations in: Auburndale (2 Bobby Green Plaza, weekdays 8-5); Haines City (35400 Hwy 27, weekdays 8-5); Lake Alfred (190 N. Seminole Avenue, 24hrs/7days); Lake Hamilton (100 Smith Avenue, weekdays 8-5); Lakeland (219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, 24hrs/7days); and Winter Haven (125 N. Lake Silver Drive NW, weekdays 8-5).  To avoid harming lakes and ground water, please do not dispose of medication in the toilet.  

StandUP Polk is a community coalition working together to prevent harm and promote health through education, public awareness, and advocacy including strategies to prevent youth substance abuse. For more information, please contact StandUP Polk at (863) 802-0777.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 28, 2017


NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY
Saturday, October 28, 2017

StandUP Polk, local law enforcement agencies, and Polk County Waste & Recycling, are proud to join The Drug Enforcement Administration and its national and community partners for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, for citizens to dispose of all unwanted, unneeded, and expired medications in a safe manner.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medication. Many Americans may not be aware that medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Studies show that many are obtained from the home medicine cabinet of family and friends. In addition, many people do not know how to properly dispose of unused medicine.

Our community’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will include the following locations in Polk County for citizens to turn in unused, expired, or unwanted Human and Pet Medications, including over the counter medications, vitamins, and other medication in liquid and solid form, for safe and proper disposal. Medications should be placed in a clear, air-tight plastic bag.  Drop-off locations from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm are:
Auburndale Police Department – 2 Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale, FL
Bartow Police Department – 450 North Broadway Avenue, Bartow, FL
Haines City Police Department – 35400 Highway 27, Haines City, FL
Lake Alfred Police Department – 190 N. Seminole Avenue, Lake Alfred, FL
Lake Hamilton Police Department – 100 Smith Avenue, Lake Hamilton, FL
Lake Wales Police Department
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133 E. Tillman Avenue, Lake Wales, FL
Lakeland Police Department – 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL
Winter Haven Police Department – 125 N. Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven, FL

Unwanted medications may also be taken to the county’s permanent drop sites at the Police Department locations in: Auburndale (weekdays 8-5); Haines City (weekdays 8-5); Lake Alfred (24hrs/7days); Lake Hamilton (weekdays 8-5); Lakeland (24hrs/7days); and Winter Haven (weekdays 8-5).  To avoid harming lakes and ground water, please do not dispose of medication in the toilet.  


An estimated 2,396 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticals were collected at the Spring Take Back event on April 29, 2017. The total for medication collections held in Polk County since 2010 have resulted in over 12,000 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticals safely disposed of via incineration. For more information on the local Prescription Drug Take-Back event, please contact StandUP Polk at (863) 802-0777.

Monday, September 25, 2017

REGISTER NOW for the 2017 RED RIBBON HALF MARATHON, 5K & KIDS RUN Saturday, November 11th


REGISTER NOW for the
2017 RED RIBBON 
HALMARATHON, 5K and KIDRUN
Saturday, November 11

Our community’s Red Ribbon tradition continues Saturday, November 11, 2017 with InnerAct Alliance’s Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K & Fun Run, presented by Title Sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc., and Kids Run Sponsor, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, in support of bullying and substance abuse prevention. It’s a fun Family Weekend where parents can compete in the Half Marathon or 5K, and K-8 students can participate in the Kids Fun Run. Registration is encouraged at www.RedRibbonHalf.com. Start time for the Half Marathon is 6:30 a.m., and the 5K begins at 7:00 a.m. Check-in will begin at 5:30 a.m. for the Half Marathon and 6:30 a.m. for the 5K.

A Kids Fun Run for K-8 students begins at 8:00 a.m., with check-in at 7:00 a.m. at the Lake Mirror Auditorium. The Fun Run is FREE for those who pre-register before November 1st ($5 fee after 11/1/17) and includes a commemorative Run t-shirt and free refreshments. The Kids Run will start and finish at Lake Mirror Promenade, 121 S. Lake Avenue. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place runners in gender categories, and to the top 3 elementary schools and top middle school with the largest percentage of participating students, based on school census. The private school with the highest percentage of participation will also receive a trophy.

MORE FUN! You can honor a Veteran by nominating them for a FREE Run Registration when you register to run in the Half Marathon or 5K. Companies can compete in the Corporate Challenge to win a Traveling Trophy. The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is presenting THE BIG EVENT: A Family Celebration of Lakeland, starting at 4:00 pm on November 11th at the historic Lake Mirror Promenade. The BIG EVENT will feature a Salute to Veterans, live music, food, a kids’ fun zone, Business Expo, and more!

“The Annual Red Ribbon Run tradition is to promote healthy family living, which reduces the likelihood of substance abuse, bullying, violence, and other risky behaviors,” said InnerAct Alliance’s Executive Director, Angie Ellison. “Please join us in honoring our Veterans on November 11th by sponsoring, running, or volunteering at www.redribbonhalf.com or on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RedRibbonRunSeries.”



Thursday, September 14, 2017

September 14, 2017 – UthMpact Reschedules 2017 Project Hoco Shopping Days on Saturdays September 23, 30 and October 7

UthMpact Reschedules 2017 Project Hoco Shopping Days
Saturdays, September 23 & 30 and October 7

Polk County, FL – In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, UthMpact has decided to reschedule its Project Hoco Student Shopping Days to provide FREE formal wear to deserving high school students who pledge to make smart, healthy, and safe decisions on the night of homecoming.

Student Shopping Days for Project Hoco will now be held on Saturdays September 23, September 30, and October 7, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 2108 East Edgewood Drive, in Lakeland. Students with a Polk County School ID can sign a Project Hoco Pledge to celebrate drug-free and receive their dresses and suits for FREE!

Community members are also asked to support this effort by donating gently used dresses, shoes, men’s suits, ties, and other accessories. Formal wear donations may be dropped off on the shopping dates or at the InnerAct Alliance office on weekdays from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

UthMpact’s goal is promote a fun and safe Homecoming night. For more information, please contact Samantha Barwig, UthMpact Coordinator, at (863) 802-0777.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

UthMpact Coordinates 2017 Project Hoco Shopping Days Saturdays, September 16 & 30 and October 7


UthMpact Coordinates 2017 Project Hoco Shopping Days
Saturdays, September 16 & 30 and October 7


Polk County, FL – With Fall football games in full swing that means it’s almost Homecoming! For the past several years, teen leaders from UthMpact have successfully coordinated Project Prom to provide formal wear to deserving high school students. UthMpact is proud to present the third season of Project Hoco to offer FREE dresses and suits to teens who pledge to make smart, healthy, and safe decisions on the night of homecoming.

Student Shopping Days for Project Hoco will be held on Saturdays September 16, September 30, and October 7, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 2108 East Edgewood Drive, in Lakeland. Students with a Polk County School ID can sign a Project Hoco Pledge to celebrate drug-free and receive their dresses and suits for FREE!

Community members are also asked to support this effort by donating gently used dresses, shoes, men’s suits, ties, and other accessories. Formal wear donations may be dropped off on the shopping dates or at the InnerAct Alliance office on weekdays from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

UthMpact’s goal is promote a fun and safe Homecoming night. For more information, please contact Samantha Barwig, UthMpact Coordinator, at (863) 802-0777.