The holiday season is a special time for family, warmth, and creating lasting memories. One of the most cherished traditions in many households is cooking together. It's more than just preparing food; it's an opportunity for bonding, sharing stories, and reinforcing family ties.
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The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and connection. However, amidst the festive spirit, it's crucial to ensure our homes remain safe and welcoming for everyone. Drawing inspiration from Informed Families' "Safe Homes Smart Parties" campaign, this blog aims to provide you with practical tips to make your home a safer place during the holiday celebrations.
President's Message - July 2023
In today's interconnected world, it is evident that everything goes somewhere and is connected to everything else.
President's Message - May 2023
We’ve all heard of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12-Step program, but often think it’s for other people, specifically alcoholics.
But I think if more of us took the values it contains to heart, we’d all be better off, both individually and as a society.
President's Message - March 2023
When trying to teach our kids to avoid drugs and alcohol, doesn’t it
sometimes feel like we’re fighting a losing battle?
President's Message - February 2023
How Do You Show Love to Your Brain and Heart? By Staying Drug-Free!
President's Message - January 2023
Let me start by wishing all of you a happy and healthy new year! And to thank you all for the work you’ve done over the last year to help keep our children safe from drugs of all kinds. We’ve accomplished some good things together, and I want to urge you to keep up the fight.
Help Us Lead the Red Ribbon Week Herd
Red Ribbon Week helps to create Herd Immunity. Red Ribbon is about creating herd or community immunity to the alcohol and drug problems America is facing.
Herd or Community Immunity is where a large part of the population are immune to a specific disease.
While currently the public is hearing about and focusing on Covid-19, Herd immunity applies equally to alcohol and drug use.
In all populations across the world about 10 % of people have a predisposition to alcohol and drug addiction. PREDISPOSITION DOES NOT MEAN PREDETERMINED!!! There are PROTECTIVE FACTORS that mediate the disease - the biggest are the communities’ beliefs, their messaging and role modeling about alcohol and drugs use and misuse.
Congratulations to the FIVE WINNERS of the Informed Families Virtual Scavenger Hunt focused on the dangers of underage and binge drinking. They will each receive a $25 Amazon gift card for answering all of the game questions correctly. All winners were randomly selected.
Noelle Taylor – Collier County
Arbens Darius – Hillsborough County
Gio Vanegas – Miami-Dade County
Lelani Delgado – Orange County
Heather Newby – Seminole County
Informed Families would also like to congratulate Janine Mojica from Lake Nona High School in Orange County on winning a $50 Amazon gift card for having the most student participation in the Virtual Scavenger Hunt.
Thank you to everyone who joined in the game. We hope it was informative and fun. Stay tuned for future contests and games!
The correct answer to each question was posted on the Informed Families website at 9 PM the day after the question was sent out. Here are all the questions and answers in case you missed any or weren't able to join in the fun.
Why Do We Turn Everything Into a Reason to Drink?
Social gatherings, bars and dining in restaurants are off limits for Cinco de Mayo this year, but many of us still plan to celebrate in some fashion - probably with a Mexican beer or margarita in hand. Have you ever stopped to think about why we turn everything into an opportunity to drink alcohol? Cinco de Mayo generates beer sales on par with the Super Bowl.
How did Cinco de Mayo (which commemorates the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862) turn into a bigger celebration day in the United States than Mexico? It’s all about selling you something of course. Cinco de Mayo really took off when beer companies started sponsoring Cinco de Mayo celebrations to promote and sell beer. Is this really that different from the advertising tactics employed by Big Tobacco?