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Be a role model

Monday, June 30, 2014 - Updated: 8:28 PM

Dear Editor,

I attended Partnership Day hosted by Hamilton Fulton Montgomery (HFM) Prevention Council and Hamilton County Community Services (HCCS) Friday, June 13. This group came together to discuss concerns regarding alcohol use and other substances by minors in our communities.

The day began with a report of survey findings conducted by Prevention to determine attitudes and behaviors concerning the use of alcohol in students in grades 7-12 in Hamilton County. Thirty percent of students admitted to the use of alcohol in the past 30 days.

It may be surprising to learn that the average age of students who regularly consume alcohol is 15.2 years of age, with the average first consumption at age 13.6. Nearly 23 percent of students in grades 11-12 also stated they binge drink.

A similar form of the survey was given to adults in the community to determine their perceptions of alcohol use by students. It is concerning that 48.8 percent of community members do not believe our communities are ready to take action and deal with these issues. The end of the presentation left us with the question, "Where do we go from here?"

The afternoon allowed time for strategic planning. Groups worked on measurable goals and activities that would allow the youth in the community more opportunities for healthy activities, a greater understanding of the opportunities for jobs in small communities and other activities.

The Four Rivers Alliance will be spearheading many of these activities. Please contact Dorean Page at (518) 548-5710 for more information.

It was rewarding to see stakeholders in our communities come together with the overarching task of keeping our youth safe and healthy. I want to publicly recognize HCCS and HFM Prevention Council for their efforts in planning and the wonderful work they do with the youth in our communities.

I would also like to encourage the community to take action! Be a role model, friend, or mentor and encourage healthy life choices.

Looking forward to a healthy future for our children,

Daryl Parslow

family health services coordinator

Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service

Four River Alliance

     

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