Monday, September 28, 2020
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Event Dates: September 28 – October 31, 2020
September 28th with Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children and ends on October 31st
fferent activity will be featured each week during October with themes of Nutrition, Healthy Mind/Healthy Body, Kindness & Tolerance, Help Save The Planet, and Healthy Lifestyle.
Statistics show that families who eat dinner and participate in activities together benefit in a variety of ways. Eating family meals and spending time together can help build stronger relationships and foster more effective communication. Children tend to be better students and become more well-adjusted teens so they may be less likely to abuse drugs.
For registration and information on the 2020 Red Ribbon Virtual Challenge, please v
The 2020 Red Ribbon Virtual Challenge offers a series of activities to be completed over a 5-week period. Weekly challenges are based on elements of healthy living and ways to live your best life.
Monday, September 21, 2020
InnerAct Alliance and its coalition partners, StandUP Polk and UthMpact, are proud to join in the national effort to promote family dinners as an effective way to reduce youth substance abuse and other risky behaviors. We encourage everyone to participate in Family Day™ – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children next Monday, September 28, 2020.
Family Day began in 2001 as a national effort to promote family dinners as an effective way to help kids grow up safe, healthy, and drug free. Research from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University consistently finds that the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they will be to smoke, drink, or use illegal substances. To sign the family day pledge and find helpful tips to talk with your children, please visit www.informedfamilies.org.
Another way to celebrate healthy living without harmful drugs is by participating in the 2020 Red Ribbon Virtual Challenge presented by InnerAct Alliance and Title Sponsor, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
The Red Ribbon Challenge will kick off on September 28 and continue during the month of October with . Children in grades K-8 can register for FREE and complete the challenges with family members and friends, post pictures of their activities, and earn cool prizes!
Additional information and online registration for the Red Ribbon Challenge can be found at: www.RedRibbonRun.com
Sunday, August 16, 2020
How to Care for Yourself While
Practicing Physical Distancing
If you are feeling overwhelmed or mentally exhausted because of changes to our society brought on by COVID-19, you’re not alone. The pandemic has impacted millions of Americans physically, mentally and emotionally.
People across the country are experiencing increased levels of stress and fear because of the new disease as well as feelings of isolation brought on by physical distancing. Research from the Kaiser Family Foundation says 45% of adults report feelings of worry and stress related to COVID-19 that have negatively impacted their mental health. Feelings of anxiety are becoming more common as people are worried about themselves or their loved ones getting sick.
The Mental Health First Aid Blog (www.mhfa.org) offers these easy self-care strategies to help reduce feelings of depression and prevent anxiety while social distancing:
to keep your
body in top working order.
reduces symptoms of depression and
anxiety, whether we’re working out at home or taking a solo jog around the
tensing and relaxing muscle groups can help you relax voluntarily when feeling
overwhelmed, stressed or anxious.
exposure to light can improve symptoms of depression. If you can, open the
shades and let more sunlight in.
with the same compassion you would a friend.
Even if you can’t get
together face-to-face, you can stay connected to friends, family and neighbors
with phone calls, text messages, video chats and social media. If you’re
feeling lonely, sad or anxious, reach out to your social support networks.
Share what you are feeling and offer to listen to friends or family members
about their feelings. We are all experiencing this scary and uncertain time
7. . While you might want to stay up-to the minute with COVID-19 news, too much exposure can be overwhelming. Balance media consumption with other activities you enjoy, such as reading, cooking or listening to music.
Monday, August 10, 2020
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Family-Friendly Summer Activities
Happy 4th of July - Have a Safe Summer!
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Here’s a preview of what’s ahead:
With the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus and the challenges associated with hosting a large community event within social distancing guidelines, the InnerAct Alliance board of directors and staff have made a difficult decision that the Red Ribbon Run cannot be planned in its traditional format this year.
Exciting plans are underway to create a new Red Ribbon Virtual Race and Challenge which will begin on September 28, 2020 with Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children and continue through the month of October. The Red Ribbon Race and Challenge will present "prevention challenges" for students and adults to achieve milestones in an Olympic-themed virtual race offering bronze, silver, and gold levels for participants to earn medals and prizes! Completed challenges will be represented as milestones along a virtual path.
Details for registration and weekly themed prevention challenges will be announced soon. Challenge themes may include: Nutrition, Healthy Body-Healthy Mind, Kindness, Anti-Bullying and Tolerance, Push-ups/Sit-ups, Run/Bike/Hike a Mile activities, etc.
We hope you will join us for a new, different, and fun Red Ribbon event!
We can probably all agree that it’s been one heck of a crazy year! 2020 began in the usual way - going to work, learning at school, playing sports, attending events, enjoying restaurants and movies, and hanging out with friends. Then suddenly in mid-March, along came the COVID-19 pandemic and our everyday lives came to a screeching halt as we were forced to adjust to a “new normal” to keep safe. Suddenly, we were staying home, social distancing, wearing a face mask, washing our hands more often, and experiencing life virtually rather than in person!
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Monday, May 11, 2020
Friday, May 1, 2020
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
• Mental Health Treatment and Support
• Crisis and Suicide Risk
• Substance Use
• Child Abuse or Neglect
• Domestic/Family Violence
• Access to Food
We hope you will find these resources helpful in your efforts to remain safe and healthy and to provide support to others.
Monday, April 6, 2020
Complete Your U.S. Census 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
March 30-April 5, 2020
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Our agency's youth coalition, UthMpact, has compiled the following "UthMpact Facts" to share the reality that most Polk County teens are making the right choices by choosing not to drink, smoke, or use substances. This can help students avoid succumbing to peer pressure because they feel more confident to make informed personal decisions after knowing and considering all the facts.
87% of Polk County students DO NOT use marijuana
96% of Polk County students DO NOT use tobacco
98% of Polk County students DO NOT ABUSE prescription drugs
88% of Polk County students DO NOT use e-cigs or vape
84% of Polk County students DO NOT use alcohol