Health & Wellness Masthead
November 2016

I hope that everyone is having a great school year so far! Fall is typically a busy time for us, and this year is no exception!

Last month, our Youth Development Specialist, Derrick Kirk, trained  4 00+ middle and high school students to educate their peers about the dangers of tobacco. Derrick  shared that  "The peer educators have been engaging in fun activities while learning valuable presentation skills. Contra Costa TUPE is on another level!"  A  student had this to say about the one-day training:  "I like that it was fun but not like recess fun but like serious." 

We are also gearing up for the  Great American Smokeout on November 17 This nation-wide event encourages youth and adults to set a date to quit tobacco or, if they don't use, not to start. Our TUPE monthly theme for November is: Break the Cycle. Visit our TUPE page to access the monthly theme resources, including fast facts, PowerPoints, videos, and more!

I want to draw your attention to two excellent, no-cost professional development opportunities, the Brief Intervention for Substance Using Adolescents training on November 15 and Youth Mental Health First Aid on December 5. 

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


Emily Justice
TUPE Manager 
Contra Costa County Office of Education
Brief Intervention for Substance Using Adolescents
Brief Intervention Cover
Description: BI is a short-term counseling i ntervention that consists of 2-4  sessions aimed at adolescents who use alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. 

Intended Audience: Counselors, school administrators, teachers, site security, community-based organization staff working in schools... anyone who wants to build their capacity to support the needs of their students!   
When:  Tuesday, November 15: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sign-in and a light breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. Lunch is on your own.
Where:  Contra Costa County Office of Education, Pleasant Hill 
Youth Mental Health First Aid 

A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. You can help them.
Description: 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and how to connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.  

Intended Audience: Adults who work with young people, ages 12-18, and who do NOT have a mental health background: teachers nurses, counselors, coaches, and other school staff. 

When: Monday, December 5; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sign-in and light breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided. 

Where: Contra Costa County Office of Education, Pleasant Hill 

Read about the mental health struggles of California young people, in their own words.
ThemesTUPE Theme for December: The True Cost of Tobacco

Fast Facts
  • Most adult smokers started as children. 90% of all smokers start  while in their teens or earlier.
  • Every day, 700 children become regular smokers. One-third of them will die prematurely from a smoking-caused disease.
  • Secondhand smoke is also hazardous - it kills nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. each year.  
  • Tobacco costs us $132.5 billion each year in medical bills.
Suggested Activities
Click here to view all the 2016-17 monthly themes! 

In case you missed it, this month's theme is "Break the Cycle!" Archived monthly theme resources can be found here
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 TUPE Collaborative Meeting
Friday, December 2
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* 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 Library
California Healthy Kids Resource Center


Fast Facts & Articles

November Break the Cycle Fast Facts:  

Most smokers try many times before quitting for good. Every day, week, or month without smoking is a success, not a failure. The more people try, the more they learn about how to quit and the closer they get to their goal. 

After 8 hours from the last cigarette, the nicotine in someone's bloodstream reduces by 93.25%. 

Steps to quit: START



Powerful heroin substitute called pink being sold online

Concern growing over e-cigarette explosions

Many myths surround molly and ecstasy 

Teens with bipolar disorder are at increased risk for substance use disorder