Health & Wellness Masthead
January 2017

Happy New Year! This time of year,  I often take some time to reflect on my personal and professional goals and set intentions for the year... as I'm sure is true for many of you as well. 

This year, our Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) team wants to share more success stories. With most of our work focused on prevention, we often don't know the full extent of our positive impact. It is important that we share our stories and lift up the amazing work that is happening every day across our county. 

To kick things off, I want to share two sTUPEndous Stories
  • Last month, we received an e-mail from Shanae Bullock (Site Coordinator, Black Diamond HS, Pittsburg), titled "Progress." She told us that this message from her student made her week. It made ours as well!

Check out the sTUPEndous Stories section below for another inspiring story from our TUPE Site Coordinator and Peer Educators at Edna Hill Middle School in Brentwood. 


Emily Justice
TUPE Manager 
Contra Costa County Office of Education
sTUPEndous Stories
Sharing Contra Costa TUPE Successes

Our TUPE Peer Educators at Edna Hill Middle School in Brentwood held their first school-wide event on December 7, with support from their Site Coordinator, Julie Truesdell. 

The group set up a table during lunch, with anti-tobacco props, to educate their peers about the dangers of tobacco. Students loved it, with 98% rating the event as excellent or good. Student comments included:  "This was so cool."  and  "Tobacco is really bad for your health and thank you for telling us that." 
These students are already making a huge impact at their school! Congratulations on a successful first event and thank you for your hard work! 
Feeling inspired? Have a sTUPEndous Story you'd like to share? Contact us so we can help you tell it! 
CourAGE Youth Health Coalition's PSA Contest

Our CourAGE Youth Health Coalition is still accepting entries for their 2nd annual PSA contest! 

More details... 
  • Open to all Contra Costa 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)
TUPE Theme for January: Make a Healthy Resolution!

Suggested Activities
  • Activity: Gasping for Air (Straws) - Emphysema Demonstration (PDF)
  • Activity: Lungs/Tar Jar/Clem's Phlegm
  • Activity: Kahoot Game
  • Video: Lung Demonstration (1 min, 31 sec)  
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.

Fast Facts & Articles

January 2017 Fast Facts- Make a Healthy Resolution:  

Every cell in your body needs oxygen in order to live. The air we breathe contains oxygen and other gases. Once in the lungs, oxygen is moved into the bloodstream and carried through your body. 

Cigarette smoking is the major cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes bronchitis and emphysema.

Keep your lungs healthy by taking good care of yourself every day. Don't smoke, avoid exposure to pollutants, prevent infection, get regular health care, and exercise. 

Sources: American Lung Association & CDC



Teen use of of any illicit drug other than marijuana at new low, same true for alcohol
Monitoring the Future Press Release ( PDF)

Teens are cutting back on drugs, alcohol, smoking, and even electronic cigarettes, study finds

Many teens who smoke also use alcohol, marijuana, and other tobacco products

Pediatrics group discourages use of e-cigarettes in teens