Health & Wellness Masthead
April 2017

Last month, schools across our county joined others across the country to celebrate Kick Butts Day. This national event empowers young people to stand out, speak up, and seize control against Big Tobacco.  Thanks to everyone who participated! 

Check out some of this year's sTUPEndous tobacco prevention activities in the 2017 Contra Costa Kick Butts Day slideshow


Emily Justice
TUPE Manager 
Contra Costa County Office of Education
TUPE Monthly Themes
April: Tobacco Hurts the Earth! 

Important Date(s)
  • Earth Day, April 22
  • The Impact of Tobacco on the Environment (PDF)
  • Cigarette Butts are Toxic to the Environment (Infographic)
  • Person on the Street Reactions - Tobacco's Impact on the Environment (Video)
Suggested Activities

Click here to view all the 2016-17 monthly themes and v isit our TUPE page to find even more monthly theme resources. 
Know the Risks: The Facts About
E-Cigarettes Virtual Field Trip

E-cigarettes are not the most commonly used  tobacco product among youth, but do teens know the real risks they take when using them? Join U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy as Discovery Education and the CDC examine the science behind e-cigarettes and the impact they can have on teens' health and well-being. 

Tuesday, April 25; 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Training:  Adolescent Brain & Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs (ATOD) 

Description: Consider this a "greatest hits" of in formation and resources about adolescent brain development, substance use, and addiction. Numerous speakers will cover the topics of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs/heroin.  Shatter the Myths Publication

Intended Audience:  Teachers and other school staff, community-based organization staff who provide school-based programs.

When: Thursday, April 27; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where:  Contra Costa County Office of Education, Pleasant Hill 
Registration: $50; Fee waived for Contra Costa TUPE consortium sites (with promotional code) 
CourAGE Youth Health Coalition
Accepting 2017-18 Member Applications

All Contra Costa County students who will be in grades 8-12 during the 2017-18 are eligible to apply.

The CourAGE Youth Health Coalition is a youth-centered and -directed group that plays a leadership role in addressing health-related issues. Past project topics include: tobacco, alcohol, and other drug prevention; PSA contests; youth events; etc. 

Application Information
Membership Application 
Applications are due by Friday, May 26.

For more information, please contact Derrick Kirk.
Upcoming Webinars & Workshops

Teen Depression Webinar - May 3, 2017, 3 PM EST
What parents need to know. Learn how to identify depression in teens and intervene with effective communication techniques, while also addressing special areas of concern: self-injury, bullying, suicide, and live-streaming social media.

This webinar is being hosted by Families for Depression Awareness, a national nonprofit organization. 

For more information, flyer, and registration: Event Page 

Parent/Teen Alcohol & Other Drug and Anger Workshops (ongoing) Mt. Diablo Unified offers free workshops for parents and teens on the topics of alcohol and other drugs and teen anger. The workshops are informative and interactive, and support family communication skills. Both workshops are offered on Saturdays and open to the public. Click on a link below for more information.

Alcohol & Other Drug Workshop Flyer
Teen Anger Workshop Flyer

For more information, please contact Dee Perkins-Jones
Thank You
We hope you enjoyed this month's  Health & Wellness Matters e-newsletter! If you have suggestions for future articles or resources to share, contact Emily Justice.

CCCOE Educational Services
Emily Justice, M.A., Manager, Tobacco Use Prevention Education

Pamela Comfort, Ed.D.,  Deputy Superintendent

Pam Tyson, Ph.D., Director, Educational Services
In This Issue
Upcoming Meetings

Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) Network
Wednesday, April 26,
10 am - 12 pm, CCCOE
TUPE Collaborative Meeting | Friday, May 5, 10 am - 12 pm, CCCOE 

Questions about an upcoming meeting? Contact Emily for more information. 

 Useful Resources

*NEW*  All Kids Are Our Kids: Post-Election Toolkit for Educators (Contra Costa County Office of Education)

*NEW* The Flavor Trap: How Tobacco Companies Are Luring Kids with Candy-Flavored E-Cigarettes and Cigars (Report from Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids)

C ontra Costa TUPE
Information, Upcoming Trainings, & Resources

Surgeon General's Report on E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults & Website

Tobacco Prevention Toolkit Modules on e-cigarettes nicotine addiction, and youth development. (Stanford)


Project ALERT marijuana supplement. Info for educators and students.

Fast Facts & Articles

April 2017 Fast Facts- Tobacco Hurts the Earth!

34% of the litter collected in California is cigarette butts. 

Cigarette butts are NOT biodegradable and cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals into the environment.  

It is estimated that one tree is consumed for every 300 cigarettes produced - that's one tree for every 15 packs of cigarettes. 



State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Reminds Californians that State Law Protects Transgender Students' Rights

Survey Shows Kids Pelted with Tobacco, Alcohol Ads 

Using Synthetic Marijuana Puts Teens at Risk of Injury or Violent Behavior

Poor, Minority Neighborhoods Have More Tobacco-Selling Shops Per Capita