Health & Wellness Masthead
October 2016

On September 16, more than 50 new and seasoned tobacco-use prevention education (TUPE) site coordinators from Antioch, Brentwood, Byron, Liberty Union, Mt. Diablo, Pittsburg, and West Contra Costa gathered for our annual countywide training! 

Coordinators work together to find resources during the TUPE Scavenger Hunt. 

Highlights from the day included a lively TUPE scavenger hunt, a peer educator panel, and presentations on updated tobacco-related laws and e-cigarettes. All in all, it was a wonderful day and a great kick off to our year! Thank you to all who attended! 

I am also happy to share a new resource from Stanford, the  Tobacco Prevention Toolkit . The toolkit includes modules on e-cigarettes/vape pens, nicotine addiction, and positive youth development. Resources include PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and activities, as well as links to many resources. I recommend checking it out and providing feedback!  

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
ThemesTUPE Theme for November: Break the Cycle!

The  Great American Smokeout  is on November 17!
2016-17 TUPE Peer Educator T-Shirt

  • Benefits of Quitting (PPT)
  • Classroom activity: The Trial 
  • Classroom activity: Kahoot (Instructions)
  • Video: Quitting Smoking Timeline (3:54)
  • Video: Tips from a Former Smoker (0:30)
  • School-wide activity: Steps to quit: START (one letter/announcement each day)
  • School-wide activity: "Break the Cycle" Pledge Campaign
Click here to view all the 2016-17 monthly themes! 

In case you missed it, this month's theme is "Tobacco is a Drug Too!" Archived monthly theme information and resources can be found on our TUPE webpage
School Climate & Student Engagement Series

The next presentation topic in our series is...

Human Trafficking & Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC)
When: October 19, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Contra Costa County Office of Education 
Registration: FREE, sign-in and a light breakfast will begin at 8:30 am.  Click here for more information and to register online.
Topic Description: Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and a fundamental violation of a person's human rights. The average age of entry into human sex trafficking is 12 -- some of our students may already be targeted by exploiters.

Facilitators: Lucia Ray-Guillen, Community Violence Solutions and Alex Madsen, Zero Tolerance for Human Trafficking Coalition.
Fall Professional Development 

We have a lot of incredible opportunities planned this fall! Click on a training topic for more information and to register to attend.

FallPDRegistration Now Open
Save the Dates
  • *NEW* School Climate & Student Engagement Series - Attendance Awareness - Wednesday, November 2
  • Brief Intervention for Substance Using Adolescents - November 15
contest2016 Attendance Awareness Poster Contest 

Here is an opportunity for students to use creativity to tell us why "Every School Counts: Attend today, Achieve for a lifetime!" 

Students fall behind when they miss too much school, even if it is just a day or two every few weeks. School success goes hand-in-hand with good attendance. 

Poster Theme: "School is your first and most important job!" 

Open to students in Grades 6-12

Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

Winning posters will receive $100 and artwork will appear on local transit buses around the county! 

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 TUPE Theme Fast Fact: 

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. 

22% of U.S. 15- and 16-year-olds drank alcohol in the past 30 days -- less than half the average proportion in European countries (48%). 

Among high school students who use smokeless tobacco, 65% use flavored tobacco. 


Compared with Europe, American teens have high rates of illicit drug use 

More teen vaping could reverse progress in tobacco reduction. 

UCSF Study --  
One minute of marijuana secondhand smoke exposure substantially impairs vascular endothelial function.