Monthly Archives: June 2013

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Summer is here!!

Summer is finally here and we all know what that means! Nice warm days, barbeques, ice-cold slushies by the swimming pool, long nights with friends and of course beach parties. But all of that could come with potential dangers especially for young people, who don’t always make their safety a priority. A night out drinking and partying can easily turn wrong and many people could get hurt in different ways. When you go out with your friends, all you could think about is if you look good and what kind of drinks there will be at the party. It is really important to know that drinking could cloud your judgment and that may affect how you think. If you’re going to drink while you are out with friends, always make sure you all designate someone to remain sober at all times.
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You could never be too careful and there are other ways to add another layer of protection. There are a few Apps that could help you out during a difficult situation such as Circle of Six which lets a person instantly and discreetly message friends for help if they are in trouble. A GPS locator lets others know where you are. http://www.circleof6app.com/
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Tips on how to have a fun and safe summer:
• Don’t let alcohol or other drugs cloud your judgment. Alcohol decreases awareness, so people are less likely to guard themselves against aggressive or coercive behavior.
• Acknowledge and understand that consent to sexual activity can be withdrawn at any time. Without putting yourself in danger, leave if you feel uncomfortable. Most importantly, if you do not consent, verbalize it. Say “No!” and get up and go.
• Avoid going into secluded areas. Be conscious of exits or other escape routes.
• Have a code word with friends or family so that if you don’t feel comfortable, you can call them and communicate your discomfort without the person you are with knowing.
• If you see a friend heading into a dangerous situation at a party, encourage them to leave or stay by their side.
• Always keep an eye on every beverage you drink. Once you lose sight of your drink, don’t consume it anymore just get a new one.
• Trust your instincts. If a situation or place makes you feel uncomfortable or uneasy, leave.
• Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you find a way to get out of a bad situation.
• Make sure your cell phone is with you and charged and that you have money.
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Have a safe summer!
Sincerely,
The Prevention Team from WCS~DdM

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Nips, Tucks, Injections, Oh My!

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There are many products and procedures available to us these days in order to ensure that we are perfectly beautiful. We spend much time, effort and money improving ourselves. Despite all the “resources” at hand, we can never seem to be beautiful enough. Even famous, well-known people struggle with their image.

      Michael Jackson said his brothers call him Big Nose, Jackson 5 interview, Soul Magazine, August 19th 1970

     Michael confides in his friend, Glenda Stein, over private telephone calls about how he doesn’t like how he looks and alludes to having anorexia, 1990-1992

     Michael’s artist friend David Nordahl says Michael felt he was extremely ugly, 2010 interview

Do you think you are beautiful? By what standards do you measure your beauty? Are you defined by what you wear or how you look? Do you follow societal trends of beauty? How long does it take you to get “ready” and who are you really getting ready for? Does your inner beauty matter as much as your outer beauty?

Inner beauty includes things such as minding our manners, being kind to others, educating ourselves, strengthening our spirituality, etc. When we work on our inner beauty it enhances our outer beauty.

     “No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written      across her face, she will be beautiful.”  -Eleanor Roosevelt    

     “Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates.”  -Kate Angell

     “Beauty has a lot to do with character.  -Kevyn Aucoin

Here are some great tips to assist on our journey of being the most beautiful we can be:

●  Know that you’re timeless. Your beauty regimen will change over time as your body changes, but you’re still you. You don’t have to look the way you did when you were 25 to be beautiful. You just need to take good care of yourself and put your best foot forward every day.

  Seek wisdom. People who cultivate inner wisdom and live their lives abiding by wise principles will radiate beauty and blessing to everyone around them. Wisdom can never fully be attained–it’s a growing process, and there’s always something more to learn.

  Let go of bad feelings. Your feelings are important because they tell you what you like and what you don’t. However, if you hold on to bad feelings for a long time, they will poison your soul.

  Be authentic. Say what you mean. Live life according to your values. State your opinion in a courteous way. Don’t pretend to be someone else for someone else’s imagined benefit. The world needs you, just as you are.

  Express gratitude. Whether you’re grateful to a Higher Power, to your family and friends or to someone who’s courteous to you at the market, take the time to say “thanks.” Many people find that keeping a gratitude journal helps them to focus on what they have rather than on what they don’t.

No matter who you are or where you’ve been, it’s never too late to develop your inner-beauty and to bring beauty to the world around you. Being the best you can be outwardly is part of feeling beautiful. However, no one can beat the value of someone who is inwardly beautiful too.

Maybe our world would be a little bit better if we weren’t as caught up in appearances and instead focused more on our character. It is important to take time to think about what really matters in this life…We hope you have found this simple yet profound message helpful. Thanks for reading!

                                                                                         Sincerely,

                                                                                        Team Prevention

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