Health & Wellness Masthead
December 2016

As we near the end of 2016, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for your efforts to support the health and wellness needs of young people in Contra Costa County and wish everyone a safe and happy end to this year. 

Before you head off on break, I would like to make sure you know about three training opportunities that are fast approaching -- a January Vape Pens & Teens training, and substance use prevention program trainings in February. If you are interested in either, I encourage you to sign up now! (Registration links below.) 

As always, please contact me if you have any questions, or if we can provide any additional support. I can be reached by e-mail or by phone at (925) 942-5328. 

I look forward to seeing you at a meeting or training in early 2017!


Emily Justice
TUPE Manager 
Contra Costa County Office of Education
CourAGE Youth Health Coalition's PSA Contest

I'm happy to announce that our CourAGE Youth Health Coalition has launched their 2nd annual PSA contest! 

More details... 
  • Open to all Contra Costa County students in grades 6 - 8 
  • Deadline: Friday Jan. 20, 2017
  • Students pick one topic for their PSA -- tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, OR prescription drugs. 
  • First Place Winners will each receive a $100 gift card!
For more information, download the contest flyer
Questions? Contact  Derrick Kirk , TUPE Youth Development Specialist. 
You can also check out last year's winning PSA on our TUPE page, created by Dominic Marble, Orchard Park School! 
Training -- Vape Pens & Teens:
What Educators Need to Know 

Description: Important information about youth use of e-cigarettes/vape pens, health concerns, and new resources available for educators. 

Intended Audience: School administrators, teachers, counselors, site security, community-based organization staff working in schools, etc.
When:  Thursday, January 26, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 
Where:  Contra Costa County Office of Education, Pleasant Hill 
Registration: $50; Fee waived for Contra Costa TUPE consortium sites (with promotional code) 
Training -- Substance Use Prevention Programs 

Description:  Equips teachers to implement the classroom-based, research-validated Project ALERT (middle school) or Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND) prevention programs. 

Intended Audience: Teachers
When:   High School -- Thursday, February 2, 2017;  Middle School -- Tuesday, February 7, 2017; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Breakfast, lunch, and all program materials provided. 
Where:  Contra Costa County Office of Education, Pleasant Hill 
Register Online  (Project TND/High School)
Register Online  (Project ALERT/Middle School)
ThemesTUPE Theme for December: The True Cost of Tobacco

Suggested Activities
Click here to view all the 2016-17 monthly themes and v isit our TUPE page to find all archived monthly theme resources. 
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

Contra Costa Comprehensive Sex Education Network
Thursday, January 12
10 am - 12 pm at CCCOE

Contra Costa TUPE Collaborative
Friday, February 3
10 am - 12 pm at CCCOE 

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

 Useful Resources

C ontra Costa TUPE
Information, Upcoming Trainings, & Resources

*NEW* Surgeon General's Report on E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults 

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


Project ALERT marijuana supplement. Info for educators and students.

Tobacco Cessation
QuitPal  App

Health Education Lending Library
California Healthy Kids Resource Center


Fast Facts & Articles

December 2016 Fast Facts - The True Cost of Tobacco: 

Most adult smokers started as children. In the U.S., 90% of all adult smokers start while in their teens or earlier. 

Every day, another 700 children become regular smokers. One-third of them will die prematurely from a smoking-caused disease. 

Tobacco costs us $132.5 billion each year in medical bills. 

Secondhand smoke is also hazardous - it kills nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. each year. 



California Tackles the New DUI - Marijuana and Prescription Drugs 

Marijuana Legalization and Its Impact on Schools

Teens Who Use E-Cigarettes Often More Likely To Become Regular Smokers