Tag Archives: Education

NEWS: Study finds that high-fat/sugar diets during mothers’ pregnancies put babies at risk of drug and alcohol abuse

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The animal experiments showed that offspring of rats that ate high-fat or high-sugar diets while pregnant weighed more as adults, drank more alcohol, and also had stronger responses to commonly abused drugs.

The majority of women int he U.S. at child-bearing age are overweight, most likely due to overeating. Because of the rising prenatal and childhood obesity and the rise in number of youths abusing alcohol and drugs, Nicole Avena, a research neuroscientist at the University of Florida, supports looking into all the possible causes of these problems.

This phenomenon is likely due to how overeating foods that taste good alters brain reward systems while diets with excessive fat and sugar can lead to increased appetite as well as some addiction-like behaviors.

In related news, another research study saw a bump in substance abuse treatment during pregnancy. Treatment is crucial since “any kind of substance use by pregnant women can result in miscarriage, premature birth or a variety of behavioral and cognitive problems in the children they carry,” SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde said.

SAMHSA, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, has a Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women which promotes the availability of substance abuse treatment, prevention and recovery support programs for low-income women and their young children.

Click the image below to visit the SAMHSA website to learn more.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: San Mateo County Library Events: August 2013

 Second Harvest Food Bank Food Drive @ Sharp Park and Sanchez Libraries

Donate non-perishable food items to help end childhood hunger. There will be Second Harvest food bins at both Pacifica libraries all summer long.

Summer Reading Program: At all San Mateo County Libraries

This is a fun way to stay engaged in reading and learning over the summer. There is a lot of fun activities and events for all ages (children, teens, and adults). It’s not too late to sign up at any SMCL branch!

Dances From Around the World @ Sanchez Library: Tuesday, August 6 @ 3:00 PM

End of Summer Reading Party with Nikola Clay. Dancing from around the world!

Daffy Dave  @ Sharp Park Library: Wednesday, August 7 @ 3:00PM

End of Summer Reading Party with clown magician Daffy Dave!

Photoshop Elements – Intermediate @ Sharp Park Library: Saturday, August 10 @ 9:00 AM

Retouch your photos using Photoshop Elements. Learn how to smooth wrinkles and blemishes, whiten teeth, change eye color, apply decorative borders, filters, and more. Registration is required.

Edible Garden @ Sanchez Library: Saturday, August 10 @ 2:00 PM

Teens (13-18 years), come and learn how to use herbs and edible flowers in your cooking! Make a salad using Sanchez Garden ingredients!

Stories and Crafts From Around the World @ Sanchez Library: Saturday, August 10 @ 3:00PM

August country will be Mexico.

Family Movie Night – Open Season @ Sanchez Library: Saturday, August 10 @ 7:00 PM

Rated PG. 83 min.

Docent Lecture: Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1956 @ Sharp Park Library: Sunday, August 11 @ 2:00 PM

This docent lecture examines one of the most complex periods in the distinguished career of Richard Diebenkorn, whose painting are on exhibit at the de Young Museum from June 22 to September 29. The artist’s evolution, during his “Berkeley period,” yielded many of his best-known works. The Berkeley period included an abstract phase (1953–1956) and a figurative phase (ca. 1955–1967) that included landscapes, figures, interiors, and still life.

Movie Matinee: Rise of the Guardians @ Sharp Park Library: Wednesday, August 14 @ 3:00 PM

Rated PG. 97 min.

Boswick the Clown @ Sanchez Library: Wednesday, August 21@ 11:00AM
Join us in celebrating Reeba Lynn’s 60th birthday! Bozwick the Clown will be performing during storytime. Please no gifts

Fiction Fiesta Book Sale @ Sharp Park Library: Saturday, August 24 from 10:00AM-4:00PM

Come pick out your next favorite book at the fiction-only book sale.

If you are interested in volunteering, Pacifica Sharp Park Library is planning a Dia de los Muertos program in October and would love some volunteers to help them out. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email Paula at Teixeira@smcl.org.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Free CMCA Training

Interested in mobilizing your community members to make a change for a safer and healthier place to live in? Want to help reduce youth access to alcohol? A FREE 6-day intensive training facilitated by Youth Leadership Institute will be offered through NCPP to build capacity for an effective substance abuse prevention coalition in South San Francisco, California. Click on the flyer for more details!

CMCA Training

ANNOUNCEMENT: Being LGBT Friendly Training – 08/16/2013

The Being LGBT Friendly training is for everyone to learn and discuss how we can create a safe and welcoming space for LGBT clients. The Daly City Youth Health Center’s Director, Ilana Sherer, MD, will be the presenter.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP.

Training is Friday, August 16, 10 AM to 12 PM at Our Second Home. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Click the image below to download the PDF flyer.

Being LGBT Friendly

NEWS: CSUs Peer-to-Peer Alcohol Poisoning Awareness Campaign/Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

An alcohol poisoning awareness program started in memory of Cal Poly freshman, Carson Starkey, will be expanded to all 23 California State Universities. This nonprofit program will teach students how to recognize and respond to alcohol poisoning when they see it. The Aware Awake Alive program was introduced to Cal Poly in 2011 by the Starkey family. The Starkeys support a peer-to-peer method to give students information about alcohol poisoning prevention because they “didn’t want to preach to students”. Although little data exists about how effective the program has been at Cal Poly, the University of Michigan’s Healthy Minds Study found that Cal Poly students intervene in binge drinking incidents at a rate of more than 43 percent, 9 percent above the national average.

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Click the image below to visit the Aware Awake Alive website and to learn more about Carson’s story.

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The website provides people with many informational resources such as signs of alcohol poisoning, blood alcohol concentration, resources for parents, Good Samaritan information, and more.

To read more about the CSU program, click here.