Archive for March, 2012
In 2009 twenty percent of high school students admitted to using illicit drugs according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Over the last year, nearly 16 million kids over the age of 12 have admitted to using prescription drugs for non-medical usage. In addition to caving from peer pressure, kids are also turning to drugs and alcohol as a means to hide or mask pain and hurt caused by some sort of trauma in their life.
The great news is there is help! Massachusetts has three state funded high schools that provide academics and counseling This offers the opportunity for kids to attend school in a safe and sober atmosphere. For the past three years, I have had the privilege to volunteer every Wednesday at Ostiguy High, one of those “recovery” schools, which is located in Boston, MA.
By teaching yoga to these students, they are exposed to movement, breath work and mindfulness as a tool to use in their recovery. We strongly encourage this as a tool and not a replacement for meetings, step work or sponsors. Rather, this is another means to become aware of their actions and thoughts, and with that, how we respond or react to situations. Many of our students have gone onto college with a strong foundation that will help create a strong sense of self worth, confidence and ability to make the right choice.
The video below is a piece which aired on CBS news last night and follows one of our students. Please take the few minutes to watch and see how a “recovery” school can make the difference in our children’s lives.
As the number of kids using drugs and alcohol continues to rise, there is a great need for more recovery schools such as Ostiguy. If you know of someone that may benefit from something like a recovery school and not sure where to begin, please seek me out. I will be more than happy to help you on the road to a safe and sober journey.
Back in December I wrote about Operation 2012. Instead of trying to adhere to resolutions, I set a few very specific goals. It is about this time of year where most people have fallen off the wagon and even forgot what their goals were for the new year. I thought this would be a great opportunity to revisit mine as I set out for Operation 2012.
- to have a complete cardiac work-up done by March- Echocardiogram, Stress Test and VO2 test all completed!
- to attend a level 1 KB workshop for ceu’s- certified through KettleBell Concepts!
- to become more fluent in American Sign Language
- to host another Y21SR workshop, with at least 20 attendees
- to read one book every two weeks- have read bits and pieces of several books, now need to finish them!
- to make more money than I did in 2011- On Track!
- to step out of my comfort zone and take a Zumba class- Done! Thank You Nabil.
- to begin and finish writing a curriculum for a workshop to teach as continuing ed
With some of these already completed, this allows me more time to concentrate on the others. I encourage you to revisit your goals or resolutions for 2012 and see if you are on track. Ask yourself what has pushed you toward completing your goals. Or what can you change to keep yourself accountable. If you need a little help with motivation, advice or goal setting, let me know!
Fact– 70 percent of Americans feel helpless during a cardiac emergency because they do not know CPR. This is alarming because nearly 80 percent of cardiac arrests happen at home.
Fact– Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack.
o Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.
o A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.
Fact– Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.
There are millions of people that have a vague idea of what CPR is. CPR is something everyone can and should learn. Protocols have changed over the last few years to allow more people to feel confident with performing CPR when needed. There is such thing as a Hands-Only® CPR. Check out the video:
The American Heart Association trains more than 12 million people in CPR annually, to equip Americans with the skills they need to perform bystander CPR. I strongly encourage you to attend a CPR class. It might save a loved one’s life.