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Teen Dating Violence…It’s Real and Can Be Prevented

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By Colleen Sharlow and Heather Ward With so many traumatic events going on in the world and in our nation, it is easy to overlook some serious issues that are still happening, even if they have not made the headlines in the news or social media. One of these issues is teen dating violence. Recently we recognized February as National Teen Dating Vio...

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CHS Hosts Teen Dating Violence Workshop

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By: Crystal Mutilitis, Clinician Carteret High School's Pathways hosted a vital domestic violence workshop for students in December 2021 after recognizing the need to have more in-depth conversations about the topic with students. The workshop was open to all students and about 30 students attended. A guest speaker from Women Aware, a domestic viol...

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How to Manage Teenage Stress: A Guide for Students

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By Aja Bradley  What's causing you the most stress right now? Is it school? Homework? Extracurriculars? Relationships? Jobs? How are you managing your stress? Is it effective? Many students experience significant amounts of stress throughout the school year. There is pressure to perform well in school, work part-time, pass state exams, ap...

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JAN
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Medications and Dietary Supplements: A Dangerous Mix

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By Helen Varvi, Deputy Director Those of us who frequently take a combination of prescription or over-the-counter medications usually don't think there is any danger when we also take vitamins or other dietary supplements. But there could be, according to FDA and CDC reports. One CDC survey indicated that 34% of participants (approximately 72 milli...

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Coalition for Healthy Communities Looking Forward to 2022

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By Laurie Herrick, Preventionist The Middlesex County Coalition for Healthy Communities held its first meeting of 2022 on January 12. The coalition is looking forward to fostering community change by educating the community and working with our partners during the upcoming year. At the meeting, discussions were focused on a few of the key even...

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What is 'Dry January' and Its Possible Health Benefits?

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By Laurie Herrick, Preventionist  Dry January is when an individual voluntarily refrains from drinking alcohol for the month of January. Some people do it annually as part of their New Year's resolution while others use it to detox from overconsumption of alcohol over the holidays. Dry January began as a public health campaign in Europe a...

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The Value of Engagement in School-Wide Activities

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By Gideon Abadilla Carteret High School students who participate in Pathways' various clubs have been significantly involved in engaging their fellow students and staff. At least once a month, Pathways clubs organize programming that takes place within the school to stimulate participation from the entire school community. In October, SADD clu...

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Carteret High School PAL Students Volunteer Their Time in Meaningful Ways

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By Crystal Mutilitis, ClinicianPathways' community service and leadership club, known as PALS, has been busy with meaningful volunteer projects since the start of this school year. Students have been busy over the past month dedicating their time to volunteer and to develop their leadership skills. In November, students focused on helping...

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How To Safely Store and Dispose of Your Excess Prescription Medications In Your Home

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What do you do with your prescription medication when you no longer need it? Do you dispose of it, or do you hold onto it in case you need it again down the road? While it may not seem like a big deal, improperly storing a surplus of prescription medications can be very dangerous for both families and their visiting guests.  The National Safety Council has described the billions of prescription pills found in home medicine cabinets as “the largest source of easily available and ‘free’ abused medications.”  Many people don’t realize these risks or don’t believe they could be true in their own household. This is part of the reason why holding on to prescription medications is such a common practice across the country. In a poll by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, participants were asked if they had any leftover prescription medications in their home. Half...

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Discussing Drugs And Alcohol With Your Kids

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Alcohol and drug use is often a complicated subject to approach with your children. Many parents question the best method for teaching their kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but having a healthy talk at home is usually the best way to broach the topic.  Keep in mind that your children are attending sporting events, going to parties, participating in school dances, and more likely than not, the topic of drug or alcohol use is likely to come up among their peers. This is why keeping the communications channels open with your children is paramount. The goal of any conversation about drugs and alcohol is that your kids will learn what is appropriate and what is not appropriate for them. Hopefully, any situations they encounter will open the door to a wider conversation. How to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol Here are some tips for discussing...

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