Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Thank You from InnerAct Alliance!

InnerAct Alliance and our Coalition partners
StandUP Polk and UthMpact
would like to thank our generous supporters and
wish you a 
safe and happy holiday season!

Happy Holidays from UthMpact

Happy Holidays from UthMpact

UthMpact Teens enjoyed a fun night participating in the 2016 “Miracle on Main Street” Lakeland Christmas Parade, on Thursday, December 1st in downtown Lakeland. The parade is organized and sponsored by the Junior League of Greater Lakeland.

Special thanks to Scott’s Paint for donating the tropical teal color paint for the UthMpact float and to Glen and Lecinda Steele, who generously donated their time to help with last minute touch-ups and using their truck to pull the festive float. A great time was had by all!


7th Annual Own The Upside Prevention Summit a Success!

7th Annual Own The Upside Prevention Summit a Success!

On Monday, October 17th, StandUP Polk hosted the “Own the Upside” Prevention Summit at Lake Eva Banquet Hall in Haines City. Over 150 participants represented many organizations across Polk County including School Resource Officers, School Board employees, Prevention Specialists, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Professionals, and Guardian ad litems.  It was an enriching learning opportunity for participants to receive current information about our community and its youth culture.

The outstanding line up of speakers included:  Sheriff Grady Judd of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office; Brian Haas, State Attorney-Elect, Tenth Judicial Circuit of Florida; Julia Hermelbracht, Department of Children and Families; Dr Jessica Spencer, Certified Prevention and Addictions Professional in Florida; Paul Doering, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida; Chelsey Clarke, Intelligence Analyst from Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Administration; and Det. Robert Mateo of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Thank You to our amazing partners for their support: Bob Evans Restaurant, City of Haines City, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Communities Talk Stipend, Crispers, Haines City Police Department, Health Department/Tobacco Free First, InnerAct Alliance, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Madden Brand Agency, Stage Coach, TNT Entertainment, and UthMpact.  And special thanks to our StandUP Polk partners, Andrea Hagan co-chair of StandUP Polk and event emcee, as well as event vendors: A Woman’s Choice, Bikers Against Child Abuse, Guardian ad Litem, Healthy Families, Heartland for Children, Integrative Physical Medicine, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, SWAT, Seniors vs. Crime, Tri-County, Tobacco Free Florida, United Way of Central Florida Success by 6, and Winter Haven Hospital.

Thank You to Our Amazing 2016 Red Ribbon Sponsors!

Thank You to Our Amazing
2016 Red Ribbon Sponsors!

Schools Step Up Efforts to Fight Opioid Abuse

Schools Step Up Efforts to Fight Opioid Abuse

More schools in the United States are addressing the growing problem of opioid abuse among students by developing proactive prevention education campaigns.

The Wall Street Journal reports that last year, CVS pharmacists made almost 3,000 presentations in schools about the dangers of misusing prescription painkillers. Some schools are using a substance abuse prevention program aimed at students as young as fourth grade.

Others are offering a texting tool that connects students to a licensed therapist. The tool, called Text a Tip, hides teens’ phone numbers so they can ask questions anonymously. More than 100 school districts in California and Illinois are using the program. “We have had kids text at a party and say, ‘There are kids using around me and I don’t know what to do.’ So, we respond and say, ‘Can you distract yourself, can you leave, can you call a friend or adult to pick you up?’” said Dana Slowinski, who oversees the therapist team. “Because what we find is, in the moment kids are not thinking through their options.”

Substance abuse is the most common risk factor impacting youth and society. The science-based prevention education programs offered by InnerAct Alliance to nearly 15,000 students annually have proven to be effective tools in reducing risk factors and strengthening protective factors. InnerAct Alliance has been providing prevention education to youth and adults in the Polk, Hardee and Highlands County communities since 1985. For more information, please call our office at (863) 802-0777.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

2016 Red Ribbon Corporate Team Challenge Results

2016 Red Ribbon Corporate Team Challenge Results

Polk County, FL – Kudos to participants, spectators, and volunteers who took part in the 2016 Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K, and Kids Fun Run, presented by InnerAct Alliance, Title Sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc., and event partners MIDFlorida Credit Union and Florida Dairy Farmers, on Saturday, November 12, 2016. This event culminated one of the largest Red Ribbon Campaigns in the state to support bullying and drug prevention.
A new addition to the Red Ribbon festivities this year was the BIG EVENT Corporate Team & CEO Competition for local business teams of 10 to take on other corporate teams in the 5K for bragging rights, along with a traveling trophy awarded to the team with the most points. Congratulations to Micropath’s Blazers, who won the Small Business Challenge with an average time of 2:50:11 in the 5K, and to Allen & Company’s Phat Assets, who won the Medium Business Challenge with an average time of 1:39:36.

For additional details and event info, please contact InnerAct Alliance’s executive director, Angie Ellison, at (863) 802-0777. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

RUN BIG at Polk County’s Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K & Kids Fun Run Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Lake Mirror Promenade

RUN BIG at Polk County’s Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Fun Run
Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Lake Mirror Promenade

Our community’s Red Ribbon tradition continues with Polk County’s Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, November 12, 2016 in support of bullying and substance abuse prevention. The Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K and Fun Run, presented by Title Sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc., InnerAct Alliance, and event partner MidFlorida Credit Union, is a Family Weekend where parents can compete in the Half Marathon or 5K, and K-8 students can participate in the Kids Fun Run. Early registration is encouraged at 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. 

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 11/1/16) and includes a commemorative Run t-shirt and free refreshments. The Kids Run will start and finish at Lake Mirror Promenade, 121 S. Lake Ave., and follow route around Lake Mirror. 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. This year, the private school with the highest percentage of participation will also receive a trophy.

NEW THIS YEAR: We are excited to announce some great new additions to the Red Ribbon Fun for 2016! First, we are pleased to collaborate with The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce for their new BIG EVENT: A Family Celebration of Lakeland, from 4:00–8:00 p.m. on November 12th at the historic Lake Mirror Promenade. The BIG EVENT will feature live music, food, a kids’ fun zone, Business Expo, Makers’ and Artisan’s Row and more! 

Another great addition is an opportunity for kids and adults to fundraise to prevent Bullying, Drug Abuse, and assist with Youth Leadership Development! The more money you raise, the better your chances to win BIG PRIZES such as Free Gear! Free Parties! Free Bikes! Details will be outlined on the event website at Lastly, our Half Marathon race course has been updated to pass through some of Lakeland’s most beautiful neighborhoods and our community’s new Peterson Park! Preview our amazing new race course on Facebook at: 

"The Red Ribbon Run is going BIG this year," promises InnerAct Alliance's Executive Director, Angie Ellison. "Our goal is to promote healthy family living which reduces the likelihood of substance abuse, bullying, violence and other risky behaviors. Participate in a BIG way by sponsoring, running, or volunteering on our event website
at or on our Facebook page at"