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.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Congratulations to 2017-2018 UthMpact Leadership Class VII


 
Congratulations to 2017-2018 UthMpact Leadership Class VII

Students from Polk County high schools have been nominated by school principals and community members to participate in the 2017-2018 UthMpact Leadership Class VII. This unique program, spearheaded by InnerAct Alliance, StandUP Polk, UthMpact, business and community partners, helps teens develop crucial leadership skills. 

The 40 new Leadership Class members will attend a DiSC Profile Training, Leadership Retreat, and Etiquette Dinner this summer. Beginning in September, the youth leaders will travel throughout the county once a month to experience the inner workings of local business, government, healthcare, education, and law enforcement. The teens will meet with influential leaders to discuss challenges faced in the community and suggest proactive solutions. 

Makenna Adamson from McKeel Academy High School
Rocky Alejandro from Haines City High School
Jack Aranda from George Jenkins High School
Mackenzie Aranda from Harrison School for the Arts
Josie Blum from Lake Wales High School
Darek Brock from Mulberry High School
Kaitlyn Brown from Lakeland High School
Kasandra Correa from Haines City High IB
Alexander Cortez from Haines City High School
Lane Edelson from Bartow IB
Kelsey Elmhorst from McKeel Academy High School
Jeremiah Feddeler from Lakeland High School
William Garcia from All Saints Academy
Chayil Garnett from Lake Wales High School
Soteria Garnett from Lake Wales High School
Cameron Glenn from Central Florida Aerospace
Annabella Griggs from Discovery High School
Chloe Heminger from Winter Haven High School
Peter Hussey from Polk Collegiate
Shanaya Jaitly from Bartow IB                      
Willie Knighton from Lake Wales High School

Megan Kobunski from Haines City High School
Craig Massey from Summerlin Academy
Emma Moses from Harrison School for the Arts
Cole Mount from Summerlin Academy
Trinity Myers from Kathleen High School
Julia Norman from Lakeland High School
Gabriela Olivera from Lakeland High School
Joey Penas from Bartow IB
Megan Pieske from Harrison School for the Arts
Trent Poquette from Discovery High School
Angel Rivera-Quinones from Haines City High School
Monica Rodriguez from Central Florida Aerospace 
Olivia Schneider from Haines City High IB
Jackie Scott from Lake Gibson High School
Donnia Skipper from Lake Region High School
Isabella Wallace from Summerlin Academy
Wyatt Wilkinson from Winter Haven High School
Bailey Williams from Lake Gibson Middle School 
Joshua Wingo from Polk Collegiate


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


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

Join us as we honor our brave Veterans at the Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K & Kids Fun Run on Saturday, November 11, 2017 around the picturesque Lake Mirror and Lakeland’s beautiful downtown and lake to lake area! It’s a fun family event for adults to compete in the Half Marathon or 5K and K-8 students to participate in the Kids Fun Run.

Start Time
  6:30 am for Half Marathon
  7:00 am for 5K
8 am for Kids Fun Run

Lake Mirror Promenade at 121 S. Lake Avenue, Lakeland
 
Register Today at www.RedRibbonHalf.com


 
Our community’s Red Ribbon tradition continues with Polk County’s Half Marathon, 5K & Kids Fun Run on Saturday, November 11, 2017 in support of bullying and substance abuse prevention. The Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K & Fun Run, presented by Title Sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc., InnerAct Alliance, and partner MidFlorida Credit Union, is a Family Event where adults can compete in the Half Marathon or 5K, and K-8 students can participate in the Kids Fun Run. Early registration is encouraged at www.RedRibbonHalf.com.

The 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 and follow a 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. The private school with the highest percentage of participation will also receive a trophy.

CELEBRATNG OUR VETERANS!  In celebration of the Veterans Day Weekend, we are offering an opportunity for all race participants to honor a Veteran by nominating them for a FREE HALF MARATHON or 5K REGISTRATION when you register to Run! Veterans Slots are limited. For registration and event information, please visit www.RedRibbonHalf.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RedRibbonRunSeries. We look forward to seeing you November 11.

We are excited to partner with The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce for THE BIG EVENT: A Family Celebration of Lakeland, which begins after the Red Ribbon Run events at 4:00 pm at the historic Lake Mirror Promenade. The BIG EVENT will feature local live music, delicious food, a kids’ fun zone, Business Expo, Makers & Artisans Row, and more! 




Kicking the Habit – Most Effective Smoking Cessation Methods


Kicking the Habit – Most Effective Smoking Cessation Methods

Now six months into 2017, how is your New Year’s Resolution to quit smoking coming along? What methods have you found to be most or least effective? It’s no secret that most smokers become addicted to nicotine, a drug naturally found in tobacco. In fact, more people in the U.S. are addicted to nicotine than to any other drug – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nicotine may be as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol. Quitting smoking is difficult and often requires several attempts. People who stop smoking often return to smoking because of withdrawal symptoms such as feeling irritable, angry or anxious, having trouble thinking, craving tobacco products, feeling hungrier than usual.

A report released by the CDC in April 2017 and published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease has studied the most popular smoking cessation techniques and methods used by nearly 16,000 adult cigarette smokers in the U.S. over a two-year period from 2014-2016. The study determined that 74.7 percent of survey participants used multiple methods during their most recent quit attempt.

“Giving up cigarettes all at once (63.3 percent) and reducing the number of cigarettes smoked (62 percent) were the most prevalent methods,” said the CDC. The nicotine patch, gum, or other approved Food and Drug Administration (FDA) methods were popular amongst 25.4 percent of respondents. Other quit methods include getting help from a doctor or health professional (15.2 percent), using smoking-cessation medications approved by the FDA (12.2 percent), receiving help from a website (7.1 percent), or a Quit-line (5.4 percent).

E-cigarettes have quickly become the most popular smoking cessation product (35.3 percent). However, e-cigarettes are classified as a tobacco product by the FDA, creating controversy about whether it is a safe, effective smoking cessation tool. “There is no conclusive scientific evidence that e-cigarettes are effective for long-term cessation of cigarette smoking,” the CDC said. “E-cigarettes are not approved by the FDA as a smoking cessation aid. Most smokers who are switching to e-cigarettes or ‘mild’ cigarettes are not switching completely or stopping their cigarette smoking.”

There are local resources available to help you live a tobacco-free life. Florida Department of Health Tobacco Free Florida’s cessation campaign, “Quit Your Way”, offers phone, group, web options, and text support. Free nicotine replacement therapy (patches, lozenges, or gum) are also available. For a list of Tobacco Cessation support group sessions offered in Polk County, please visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway or call 877-848-6696.




Monday, May 15, 2017

RED RIBBON FIFTH GRADE RALLIES POSTER, POETRY and ESSAY CONTESTS - WINTER HAVEN AREA WINNERS

RED RIBBON FIFTH GRADE RALLIES
POSTER, POETRY & ESSAY CONTESTS – WINTER HAVEN AREA WINNERS

Polk County, FL – InnerAct Alliance is proud to announce the winners of the Red Ribbon Rally for The Facts Poster, Poetry, and Essay Contest for Fifth Grade Students in the greater Winter Haven/Haines City area schools. Contest participants will be recognized during the Red Ribbon Rally tomorrow, Tuesday, May 16, at 10:00 a.m. at the Polk State College Gym in Winter Haven.

The prevention rally focuses on reinforcing substance abuse resistance skills before students enter middle school. Students were challenged to compose essays, write poems, or draw posters to illustrate how they live their lives drug free and show the truth about how most young people do not use drugs or alcohol. Overall winners in each category will be awarded cash prizes of $100 (first place), $50 (second place), and $25 (third place).

Winter Haven Area Rallies Contest Overall Prize Winners

Poster Contest
1st Place $100.00 - Kayra Flores Samuels from Lake Alfred
2nd Place $ 50.00 - Rubi Pena from Pinewood
3rd Place $ 25.00 - Anyla Manuel from Lake Alfred
                                   
Poetry Contest
1st Place $100.00 - Taylor Remy from Loughman Oaks
2nd Place $ 50.00 - Dejahyria Callaway from Alta Vista
3rd Place $ 25.00 - Alin Contreras-Campos from Auburndale

Essay Contest 
1st Place $100.00 - Kaiden McGuire from Alta Vista
2nd Place $ 50.00 - Hunter Burns from Lena Vista
3rd Place $ 25.00 - Adielysmar Castro from Elbert

School with the Most Contest Participants Overall - Lake Alfred

Guest speaker for the Rally is Patrick T. Grady, a former middle and high school educator who travels throughout North America encouraging students to do their best in their endeavors. Grady is the author of “Who Packs the Parachute,” and co-author of “Teen Power Too,” and “Teen Power and Beyond.”

A similar rally for Lakeland area schools was held last week on May 10, 2017 at The Lakeland Center.

InnerAct Alliance is proud to have provided substance abuse prevention to the Hardee, Highlands and Polk County communities since 1985 with services including science-based education in elementary and middle schools, teen-driven social marketing, and awareness events that touch the lives of youth, parents, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, community groups and others with an important substance abuse prevention message.

For further information on the Fifth Grade Rally, please call InnerAct Alliance at (863) 802-0777. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

RED RIBBON FIFTH GRADE RALLIES POSTER, POETRY & ESSAY CONTESTS - LAKELAND AREA WINNERS

RED RIBBON FIFTH GRADE RALLIES
POSTER, POETRY and ESSAY CONTESTS - LAKELAND AREA WINNERS

Lakeland, FL – InnerAct Alliance is proud to announce the winners of the Red Ribbon Rally for the Facts Poster, Poetry, and Essay Contest for Fifth Grade Students in the greater Lakeland area schools. Contest participants will be recognized during the Rallies that take place today, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., at The Lakeland Center.

The prevention rallies focus on reinforcing critical substance abuse resistance skills before students enter middle school. Students were challenged to compose essays, write poems, or draw posters to illustrate how they live their lives drug free and show the truth about how most young people do not use drugs or alcohol. Overall winners in each category will be awarded cash prizes of $100 (first place), $50 (second place), and $25 (third place).

Lakeland Area Rallies Contest Overall Prize Winners for 9:30 AM RALLY

Poster Category 
1st Place $100.00 - Kelliam Santiago-Leon from Dr. NE Roberts             
2nd Place $ 50.00Kacy Connell from Purcell 
3rd Place $ 25.00Izuarelis Garcia from Berkley  

Poetry Category
1st Place $100.00 - Serenity Hernandez from Padgett       
2nd Place $ 50.00 - Byron Burton from Dr. NE Roberts                 
3rd Place $ 25.00 - Zackary Breitenbach from Churchwell            

Essay Category 
1st Place $100.00 - Kya Long from Berkley           
2nd Place $ 50.00 - Katherine Oliver from  Churchwell
3rd Place $ 25.00 - Sasha Lopez from Dr. NE Roberts

School with the Most Contest Participants Overall – Berkley Charter
Lakeland Area Rallies Contest Overall Prize Winners for 11:30 AM RALLY

Poster Category
1st Place $100.00 - Jaalyn McBride from Dixieland
2nd Place $ 50.00Jasmine Hagan from Cleveland Court               
3rd Place $ 25.00 - Giovanni Lopez Garcia from Jesse Keen

Poetry Category
1st Place $100.00 - Sarah Wright from McKeel Academy Central
2nd Place $ 50.00 - Pranav Gunjala from Lincoln Academy                            
3rd Place $ 25.00 - Kaylienne Duran from North Lakeland

Essay Category
1st Place $100.00 - Kiara Vargas from St. Anthony           
2nd Place $ 50.00 - Kendell Anthony Joseph from South McKeel
3rd Place $ 25.00 - Melanie Colbert-Cortright from St. Paul

Guest speaker for the Rallies is Patrick T. Grady, a former middle and high school educator who travels throughout North America encouraging students to do their best in all their endeavors. Grady is the author of “Who Packs the Parachute,” and co-author of “Teen Power Too,” and “Teen Power and Beyond.”

Another rally for Winter Haven and Haines City area schools will be held next week on May 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the Polk State College Gym. Contest winners for those schools will be announced next week.

InnerAct Alliance is proud to have provided substance abuse prevention to the Hardee, Highlands and Polk County communities since 1985 with services including science-based education in elementary and middle schools, teen-driven social marketing, and awareness events that touch the lives of youth, parents, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, community groups and others with an important substance abuse prevention message.

For further information on the Fifth-Grade Rallies, please call InnerAct Alliance at (863) 802-0777.