Wow, times have changed!
To the Editor:
“Wow, Times Have Changed!” is the theme again for this year’s prom campaign.
The message will be distributed by local florists and tuxedo rentals, together with River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition. This campaign highlights a report from the Maine Office of Substance Abuse, which states that most of today’s youth do not drink. In 2009, a statewide parent phone survey conducted by 21 Reasons of Portland found that more parents are taking concrete steps to keep their children from drinking.
As part of the campaign, florists and tuxedo rental shops will distributed the “Wow, Times Have Changed!” card with each corsage, boutonniere, and tux rental during prom season. This is the third year that River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition and the participating florists and tux shops have conducted this campaign. The 2013 businesses are Carlisle’s of Rumford, Davis Florist, The Phoney Florist and Pooh Corner Farm.
“Community-wide efforts truly pay off in reducing youth drinking,” states Patricia Duguay, Executive Director River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition. “Increased parental monitoring, law enforcement compliance checks and party patrols and greater community disapproval of underage drinking are all making a difference.” The results show it. Times have changed.
Statewide teen drinking rates have followed a downward trend in the past several years. And according to the phone survey conducted by 21 Reasons, more parents are concerned about underage drinking and taking concrete steps to prevent it—including talking with their teens about alcohol, asking if alcohol will be at parties, and calling party hosts to make sure alcohol will not be provided.
More healthy party tips can be found on the 21 Reasons website: www.21reasons.org.
In addition, former Attorney General Steve Rowe has specific prom and graduation tips on YouTube, keyword: promsmart. To see the clip, visit YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BODm5Yk2Vw. This video was produced by the Communities Promoting Health Coalition and Smith Atwood video services.
River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition