Stomping Grounds: Now at FC Fair Sept 4th 7:00-8:30 pm

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Healthy Directions, Winter 2015

From the Director's Desk

By: Beth Thomas, HC3 Program Director
Picture a bedroom… a bed, a nightstand, a chair, a dresser… posters on the wall, a backpack…perhaps some dirty clothes on the floor.  Sounds like a typical tweens’ or teens’ bedroom right?

What if as you were putting away clothes or looking for a lost item… you discovered a beer can inside a fast food cup?  Or some pills tucked away inside a tic tac container?

Would you recognize these as warning signs of substance use?

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ROX Program (Ruling Our eXperiences)

Big news with the RoX program in Fulton County, RoX has expanded across the county and will be serving 150 Fulton County Girls the first semester of the 16-17 school year and another 150 the second semester.  Schools that will be incorporating RoX this semester are; Archbold, Delta, Evergreen, Fayette, Pettisville, and Wauseon.  RoX is a 20 lesson evidence based program for girls that helps them navigate through the pressing issues girls face today such as; girl drama, body image issues and self-esteem issues, navigating social media in a safe way, leadership, stress reduction, career building, and self-defense. We are excited to see the way this amazing program will impact the young ladies of Fulton County! The program is fully funded by the Fulton County Job and Family Services and is facilitated by Jaime Fogarty, a licensed social worker, from the Fulton County Health Department.  Click here to visit the RoX website for additional information!

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2016 Midyear Training Conference

“Alcohol consumption is one of the most important known risk factors for human cancer and is potentially one of the most avoidable factors, but it is increasing worldwide.” International Agency on Research Cancer (IARC), division of the World Health Organization. 

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YAC Update:

We are very excited to be starting a new year in YAC.  YAC Orientation was held on Monday August 1st for members and their parents at Crossroads Church in Wauseon.   Teens were given an overview on expectations, opportunities and general plans for the upcoming year and reviewed the strategic planning process that the group uses to plan, implement and evaluate events.  Brenda Byers from Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio spoke to the parents about Parenting in a Media Focused World.  Parents were invited to enjoy a coffeehouse and time to meet the staff and other parents. 


Making a Difference!

Karen Pennington, HC3 staff, YAC advisor, Membership Development Committee Chair.

What motivated you to get involved?

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
Edward Everett Hale

Our youth are our future!!!  I will do whatever I am able to do to encourage them to make their futures bright.

A Closer Look
Beth Thomas, a leader in the HC3 Coalition, and a dedicated force behind youth empowerment and substance use prevention in Fulton County!

Why are you involved in our coalition?

I am very passionate about youth and prevention work.  I love to provide the opportunity for youth empowerment and to help youth build the skills to create a future for all of us.  It is extremely rewarding to see a group of community members come together, each bringing their own expertise and perspective, and together developing strategies and activities to improve our community.
A Closer Look
Amanda Hammontree, YAC Leadership board, 3 year member

What motivated you to join YAC?
I was encouraged by my friends to join.

What have you learned from your time in the group?
I have learned that surrounding yourself with positive people greatly benefits you.

How do you hope to use this in the future? 
I hope to carry this skill throughout my college experience.

What is your favorite part of being in YAC? 
My favorite part of being in YAC has been the opportunity to spread positivity to others. 

A Closer Look
Patrick Brandt, YAC Leadership Board, 3 year member

What motivated you to join YAC?
I was motivated to join YAC by my older sister who told me it was a great organization. 

What have you learned from your time in the group?
From my time in the group, I have learned that effort is needed for rewards, and cooperation is necessary for progress. 

How do you hope to use this in the future?
I hope to use this in the future to successfully advance the world's technology as an aerospace engineer.

What is your favorite part of being in YAC?
My favorite part of being in YAC is the opportunity to learn lessons that I can't anywhere else. 

A Closer Look

Upcoming Events

#StompingGrounds - Fulton County Fair Style

KNOW:  YOU Make a Difference
Our popular 5th quarter event is now coming to the Fulton County Fair!  Join us Sunday, September 4th from 7:00-8:30 pm, for Stomping Grounds - Fulton County Fair Style, in the small sale arena.  This FREE youth event is open to all Fulton County Middle School Students (5th - 8th grade).  Stomping Grounds will feature a fun and friendly place to hang out with your friends and enjoy sno-cones and snacks!  Win prizes in the cornhole tournament, play dodge ball, family feud, minute to win it games, and many other activities!  Visit our website for more information!

HC3 Coalition Meeting

FAYETTE EAGLES - Let's Talk...

Healthy Choices Caring Communities Coalition Meeting

Healthy Choices Caring Communities (HC3 Partnership) is a Fulton County community coalition that is working together to reduce underage substance use. They meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 12:00pm at the Fulton County Administration Building in the 2nd floor conference room.  We encourage any interested member of the community to attend the meetings and learn more about what we do, and how you can help!

#ContinueTheConversation - Online Parenting Forum

KNOW:  YOU Make a Difference
We want to encourage parents to start the conversation with their kids, continue the conversation with their kids and network with other parents and community members to share and learn ideas about raising healthy and happy tweens and teens.
HC3 would like to partner with the community to create an online parenting forum called, #ContinueTheConversation.

These new discussion blog posts began in late May and continue through the rest of the year.  We would like to invite you to follow our blog and join this online parenting forum where you can learn and share ideas about raising healthy and happy kids.
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I would like to talk to my child about drug use, but I don't know how.
It is very important to talk to you children early and often about the dangers of drug use, and it is never too late to start.  Please follow this link for more information and help with talking to your kids.

I have discovered that my loved one has a drug issue... now what?
There are many resources available to help you take the next step.  Please follow this link for more information on local organizations that can help.

For additional information on substance abuse, and prevention please check out our

Our Contact Information is:
Healthy Choices Caring Communities
606 S. Shoop Ave
Wauseon, OH 43567

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