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Why Be Aware?

To be healthy:

Accidents are the number one cause of death for youth in the U.S. Recreational drugs, both legal and illegal, regularly serve as short-term pleasures that gradually become long-term cages for youth. Other drugs, such as the caffeine, flavorants and preservatives added to our food also seem, often go unnoticed as we overconsume, leaving children in particular unaware of the short and long-term effects of such additives to their body. "Be Aware" is a broad category. The greatest acheivements of modern society are the freedoms afforded to its people. Thus, we recognize that the best thing, is for youth and their role models to be educated, so that they are aware of their choices, aware of the short-term versus long-term impact of their enironment on health, aware of the signals of their own bodies and aware of the dangers of various activities. All this awareness can be stressful, when people focus on the negative things they need to avoid. Rather, certain types of awareness are key for planning long-term lifestyle; others, such as wearing a seatbelt, should be automatic reflexes learned early in youth.

To perform better:

Avoiding all forms of drugs in excess greatly enhances performance of youth and adults in school, sports, and most aspects of life.

To feel good and relax:

Being aware may seem stressful in the short-term. In the long-term however, reflection on one's own body, mind, feelings, others and their environment can help ultimately reduce average stress. A lot of people begin turning to drugs early in life as a form of relief from the pressures of today's society. Rather than criminalizing such people, we all need to take a more empathetic approach to understanding and addressing the root causes of drug abuse. Kids that engage in sports and have stable and caring family lives become depedent on drugs much more rarely than children who grow up unengaged and unloved.

To stay safe:

On the one hand, we are encouraging physical activity; on the other hand, many physical activities increase risks for injury. Awareness of how to use your body and tricks to avoid getting hurt are important for staying active in the future.

For fun with friends:

Awareness will help youth identify with the right set of friends, and ultimately not sucumb to peer pressure from the negative and unaware.


For More Information

Evironmental Protection Agency- Kids Health
NIEHS- Kids and Environmental Health
Food & Drug Administration on Food Additives
Eat Well Guide
Parents: Talk With Your Kids
Health and Human Services Kids Site
FDA Kids Site



How to Be Aware

Specific Guidance for:

Kids: Watch Out
Teens: Staying Safe


Additional Help

National Safe Kids Campaign
Kids: Streetwalking Safety
Prevent Drowsy Driving
Designated Driver

Sports and Physical Activity
Kids: Sports Safety
Teens: Sports Safety

Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs
Teens info
Truth Campaign
Tobacco Free Kids
Parents: The Anti-Drug
The Science of Drug Use

Other Dangers
Kids Environmental Health
Food Additives Guide
CNN Food Fact Finder
Labels and Claims
Food Allergies
Allergies Info for Kids
Sun Safety Tips

Sexual Health










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