Saturday, October 24, 2020

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week: October 23 - October 31

 



Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. It began as a tribute to fallen DEA special agent Enrique Camerena in 1985. Red Ribbon Week is the nation's largest and longest-running drug awareness and prevention program.

InnerAct Alliance and Publix Super Markets are proud to continue our community's Red Ribbon tradition with the 2020 Red Ribbon Challenge to support prevention of substance abuse and bullying.

There's still time to sign up and take part in fun weekly challenge activities that include Nutrition, Healthy Mind/Body, Kindness & Intolerance, Help Save The Planet, and Healthy Lifestyle. Kids in grades K-8 can register FREE at www.RedRibbonRun.com, complete 15 challenges, and post a picture or description of completed activities on the Red Ribbon Facebook page with the hashtag #redribbonchallenge for a chance to earn points and win a special prize. Anyone may register (free) and take part in the Red Ribbon Challenge; however, prizes will not be available to older students, adults, or non-registered participants. 

The Challenge ends on October 31, so register today to join the fun!



Wednesday, October 21, 2020

National Medication Take Back Day This Saturday, October 24 from 10AM-2PM

 


NATIONAL MEDICATION TAKE BACK DAY THIS SATURDAY!

If you have unwanted human or pet medication taking up space in your home, here's a chance to dispose of it safely this Saturday, October 24th, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, at one of the 8 local Police Department locations listed above. 

Call StandUP Polk at (863) 802-0777 for more information!





Monday, October 19, 2020

Have You Seen the Red Ribbon Virtual Challenge TV Commercial?

 


InnerAct Alliance Office Building Featured in Historic Dixieland Neighborhood Association’s Century Home Project

 


InnerAct Alliance Office Building Featured in
Historic Dixieland Neighborhood Association’s 
Century Home Project 

InnerAct Alliance is proud to learn that our office building, located at 621 South Florida Avenue, in Lakeland, will be featured in the Historic Dixieland Neighborhood Association’s Century Home Project, a new endeavor to commemorate homes in the Dixieland Historic District that have been built 100 or more years ago.

The origins of this two-story building, located on the NW corner of South Florida Avenue and W. Palmetto Street, date back to 1919-1920. It has served as “home base” for InnerAct Alliance, the nonprofit substance abuse prevention agency formerly known as the Drug Prevention Resource Center, since 2001. According to the letter of designation received from Jason Hagerman, secretary of the Dixieland Neighborhood Association, a solid cast bronze marker will be presented to InnerAct Alliance to proudly display on the exterior of the property to mark the Century Homes designation.

“Our board of directors and staff are excited for our office building to be named among the first group of Century Homes to receive this special commemoration,” said Angie Ellison, executive director of InnerAct Alliance, “We look forward to displaying the bronze plaque proudly!”

For information, please contact Angie Ellison, InnerAct Alliance Executive Director at (863) 802-0777 or visit the Dixieland Neighborhood Association’s website www.historicdixieland.com/centuryhomes for further details about the project.




Wear Orange This Wednesday, October 21st to Support Prevention of Childhood Bullying

 


Wear Orange This Wednesday, October 21st
to Support Prevention of Childhood Bullying

In addition to October being National Red Ribbon Month, it is also National Bullying Prevention Month. Join us in celebrating UNITY DAY on Wednesday, October 21st by wearing the color orange to share a powerful message that we are together against childhood bullying and united in hope and support for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.  

Bullying is a form of aggression in which someone intentionally mistreats another person. It can come in many forms: verbal, relational aggression, cyber, and prejudicial. 

We all have the power to address and discourage bullying of every kind. Be aware of the words you use and the actions you take. Practice being kind and tolerant of those you meet. Make sure anything you say in person or write online is kind. If you witness bullying, speak up to stop the bullying before it begins.

Kindness & Tolerance is one of the themes featured in the Red Ribbon Virtual Challenge weekly activities presented by InnerAct Alliance and Publix Super Markets. Students in grades K-8 can register free at www.RedRibbonRun.com, complete at least 15 challenges by October 31, 2020, and post completed activities on the Red Ribbon Run Facebook page with the hashtag #redribbonchallenge for a chance to earn points and win a special prize. Anyone may register (free) and take part in the Red Ribbon Challenge; however, prizes will not be available for older students, adults, or non-registered participants. 

For resources and information about National Bullying Prevention Month, visit www.pacer.org/bullying and there’s still time to register and take part in the Red Ribbon Virtual Challenge at www.RedRibbonRun.com


Friday, October 16, 2020

Red Ribbon Virtual Challenge: Don't Let This Challenge Pass You By!

 


Looking for some Family Fun this weekend? There's still plenty of time left to register & participate in the 2020 Red Ribbon Virtual Challenge! Registration is quick and easy at the event website www.RedRibbonRun.com and best of all, it's FREE. Children in grades K-8 can complete at least 15 challenge activities to win a special prize. The Challenge ends on October 31st, so come join in on the fun!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Red Ribbon Virtual Challenge Week 3 - Kindness & Tolerance

 


In A World Where You Can Be Anything - Be Kind!

It is important to be kind because it makes you feel good about yourself.
Doing things for other people just makes you feel warm that you accomplished something. 
Kindness is about give & take - a bit like respect. If you want respect you must give respect.


When you see someone being unkind, speak up! 

We need to be kind to ourselves and also to others.




Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Red Ribbon Virtual Challenge Week 3 - Kindness & Tolerance

 



Red Ribbon Challenge Week 3: 
Kindness & Tolerance 
October 11 - October 17

The theme of Red Ribbon Challenge Week Three is Kindness & Tolerance to remind us that you never know what someone may be going through. Maybe they’re having a bad day and your simple act of kindness turned their entire day around and made it better! This week try to do one random act of kindness each day! 

Join us for the Red Ribbon Challenge at www.RedRibbonRun.com and register for FREE to participate in our fun challenge activities through October 31, 2020 in celebration of Red Ribbon Month!




Monday, October 12, 2020

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 24

 

StandUP Polk and local law enforcement agencies are proud to join The Drug Enforcement Administration and its national and community partners for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 24, 2020, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, for citizens to dispose of unwanted, unneeded, and expired medications in a safe manner. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans have misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides a responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medication. 

Prescription Drug Take Back Day will include the following 8 locations in Polk County for citizens to turn in unused, expired, or unwanted Human and Pet Medications in liquid and solid form, vitamins, and syringes for 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
Lakeland Police Department – 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, 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 - 133 E. Tillman Avenue, Lake Wales, 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, funded by GiveWell Community Foundation, 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).  Please note: only solids are accepted in permanent drop boxes (no liquids or syringes). To avoid harming lakes and ground water, please do not dispose of medication in the toilet.

 

Previous medication collections held in Polk County since 2010 have resulted in 20,656 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticals safely disposed of via incineration. 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 on the local Prescription Drug Take-Back event, please contact StandUP Polk at (863) 802-0777.


Friday, October 9, 2020

Saturday, October 10th is World Mental Health Day

 


Saturday, October 10th is World Mental Health Day

Each year on October 10th, the World Health Organization encourages people across the globe to recognize World Mental Health Day. In 2020, the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic and unrest from other sources has heightened collective stress. In the midst of this uncertainty, World Mental Health Day's goal of raising awareness of the availability and benefits of mental health support offers a path toward relief. Seeking support is important for overall health and well-being - so reach out and know that you are not alone!



Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Red Ribbon Virtual Challenge Week 2 - Healthy Mind = Healthy Body

 

Red Ribbon Challenge Week Two
Healthy Mind = Healthy Body
October 4 - October 10

The theme of Red Ribbon Challenge Week Two is Healthy Mind = Healthy Body to remind us all that Mental Health is a very important component in overall health and well-being! Remember to stop and take a moment for yourself each day to de-stress. You can't take care of others if you are not okay.

Join us for the Red Ribbon Challenge at www.RedRibbonRun.com and register for FREE to participate in our fun challenge activities through October 31, 2020 in celebration of Red Ribbon Month!



October is Safe Sleep & SIDS Awareness Month

 


October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month and SIDS Awareness Month. In order to help reduce preventable sleep-related deaths in infants less than 1-year of age, Florida Healthy Start Coalition of Hardee, Highlands and Polk Counties is sharing the following valuable information to our community.

Sleep-related deaths are 100% preventable and consistently one of the leading causes of death in children under 1 in Polk. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants sleep only on their back for every sleep by every caregiver until the child is one year of age. Infants should be placed alone in their crib and on their backs. There should be no bumpers, pillows, loose bedding, or other soft surfaces, such as stuffed animals, in the crib with the infant.

Caregivers responsible for the infant should never be under the influence of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs. Also, caregivers should never share beds with the infant.

Polk County recognizes that this is a serious, but preventable issue. Together we can ensure all caregivers have access to education and resources on safe sleep practices. For more information, please visit the Florida Healthy Start website at www.healthystarthhp.org


People with Substance Abuse Disorders More Susceptible to COVID-19 and Its Complications

 


People with Substance Abuse Disorders

More Susceptible to COVID-19 and Its Complications

People with substance use disorders (SUDs) may be more likely to become infected and die of COVID-19, according to recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The effect was strongest for those with opioid use disorder and tobacco addiction because their lungs and cardiovascular system may already be severely compromised due to substance abuse.

Drug use hinders the body’s ability to fight viral and bacterial infections, disrupting immune function. Study co-author, Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, explained, “Opioids, including but not limited to heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl, work by slowing down the breathing rate. In addition, the chronic use of drugs such as tobacco, cocaine, and opioids are associated with heart problems, including risk for heart attacks and heart failure. The combination of the two leads to the increased risk of COVID and its complications.” 


Celebrate the Positives in Polk Youth Culture!

 


Celebrate the Positives in Polk Youth Culture!

UthMpact has taken an active role to "normalize" perceptions regarding risky behaviors by developing a social norm marketing campaign to share "UthMpact Facts". This powerful peer to peer approach is based on statistics among Polk County youth and published in the annual Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (FYSAS). "UthMpact Facts" shares the reality the most Polk 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 confident in making more informed personal decisions after knowing and considering all the facts.



2020 Red Ribbon Challenge - Can YOU Complete All the Challenges?

 

Join Us for the Red Ribbon Virtual Challenge
Can YOU Complete All the Challenges?

Registration is FREE at www.RedRibbonRun.com

Here's all you need to do:

1) Go to www.RedRibbonRun.com and click on the Registration Tab

2) Create a RunSignUp account

3) You will update your profile each week as you complete your challenges

4) Post your challenges on your Facebook page and use the hashtag #RedRibbonChallenge to receive more points

5) Participants will be eligible to earn a prize if they complete at least 15 of the challenge activities. Prize(s) will be distributed after Winter Break to participants in grades K-8 who have officially registered and completed 15 or more challenges.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Nutrition plays a huge part in staying healthy!

 

Nutrition plays a huge part in staying healthy!

Nutrition helps increase energy, decrease risk of disease, and lowers blood pressure among so many other health benefits. Make sure you fill your plate with fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Try to add either a fruit or veggie with each meal!