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President's Message - August 2018

Posted by Peggy B. Sapp, President & CEO on August 29, 2018 at 2:49 PM

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It’s back to school time. Parents are out there frantically getting their children new clothes, new school supplies, new backpacks, etc.

Why not start with some new habits that will last a life time?! Here are three starters for healthier families:

1. Regular family dinner.

Family Day (September 24) is just around the corner. It’s the day we celebrate family dinners as a way to keep children safe, healthy and drug free. Children who eat dinner with their family five or more times a week are more likely to make healthy decisions around drugs and alcohol.

Thanks to feedback from Ambassador Tracy Bowen of Collier County, we’ll be offering tips for families throughout the month of September to make the most of mealtime and keep the conversation going strong.

2. Setting, monitoring and enforcing rules.

Children may complain about rules, but they really need and benefit from consistency, transparency and structure. When the rules are clear for everyone to see, it makes enforcing them significantly easier. Here’s a handy tool to establish your family’s rules.

3. To make all of this easier, do the Relaxation Response.

Take a deep breath and allow your brain to rest. Being still and breathing even if just for one minute will make you more effective.

Creating some good habits now will help set you and your children up for success in the future, when this year’s school supplies are but a distant memory.

Best wishes for a successful 2018-2019 school year. 

Until next time,


Topics: President's Message, children, drug prevention, back to school

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We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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