March is National Nutrition Month

Dear HCC Member:
March is National Nutrition Month, a great time to highlight the connections between substance abuse and nutrition.

This HCC March Newsletter has valuable resources to help you make your community aware of helpful information concerning the connection between nutrition and substance abuse.

If you are new to HCC or just learning about the coalition, you can find us on Facebook @yourlife-yourchoicehcc or you can find more information on our website: .
Thank you all for that you do in the community!
Thank You For Doing What You Do
HCC would like to recognize members for their great contributions!   For the month of March, HCC would like to recognize Peter Wilson of Seneca Strong for all of his contributions, dedication and support of the coalition mission and goals.  Peter has been instrumental in strengthening collaboration with HCC by providing presentations for several educational events for local schools, coalition members, and the community. Thank you for all you do!
Please click here to learn more about Seneca Strong.

Easy, Healthy Classroom Birthday Celebrations That Parents And Kids Will Love!
A child’s birthday is a wonderful reason to celebrate! Very often, a child will have multiple birthday parties/celebrations: at home with family, at a park with friends and at school with classmates. Each party is typically full of sugary drinks and treats, but they don’t have to be!  Read More  
Article provided by: Ashley Hawley, Healthy Community Alliance
Author/Article Contributor: Kate Huber, Coordinator Tri County Healthy Schools NY Program, Erie 1 BOCES 

The importance of Nutrition in Addiction Recovery
Healthy eating habits are important for everyone, but especially so for those who are recovering from an addiction. Many people who suffer from addictions and other mental health disorders have poor nutritional habits;    SAMHSA  reports that more than 42% of adults with mental illnesses are obese. Read More  

The importance of Nutrition in Addiction Recovery
In the face of a disease like addiction, maintaining healthy eating habits may seem insignificant. However, lack of nutrients combined with drug or alcohol can put a significant amount of stress on the body. This combination often creates disruptions to the body’s ability to function that can lead to vitamin deficiencies, electrolyte imbalances and in severe cases, malnutrition and death.

HCC has recently had the opportunity to help support a “Lock-In” at Archbishop Walsh Academy. As part of the International Baccalaureate  Program, two high school students planned an all-night lock-in event beginning on the evening of Friday, March 15 th .   Read More
Nutrition's role in Recovery
Vaping Posters
...Available to go to schools in our county
Vaping has become a dangerous trend among youth that has been recognized around Cattaraugus County. Please help to educate youth on vaping! If you would like one or both of these posters to display in your agency, please contact to request.  

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