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Teaching Tolerance To Our Youth While we all have different values and beliefs, it is important for each of us to be tolerant and teach tolerance to our youth. Even if a person does not condone the lifestyle of another, they should respect the person and their individuality. LGBTQ+ youth, in particular, have a difficult […]

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Say Something Tips on Effective Communication If I have learned anything about communication, it’s how to do it ineffectively.  Being the introvert that I am, in the past I would do almost anything to avoid what I would consider unnecessary communication.  For a while, saying a simple “hello” or “how was your weekend?” didn’t seem […]

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Have you seen the new iMAD PSA?? The new iMAD PSA discusses who we are, what we do, and where you might see us in the community.  Do you have more questions?  Explore our website, send us an email, or contact us through our contact page. View the iMAD PSA below, starring… Michelle Cathey Anthony […]

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Is That Emoji Really Just An Emoji? I was watching a show on television recently about teens and how technology affects young people in today’s high schools.  The show included two child psychologists that were talking about cyberbullying and teens.  They began to discuss sexting and the secret emoji language that teens are using.  Now, […]

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iMAD Program Update – Dec. 2017 As 2017 comes to a close, the iMAD Team would like to provide an update on the program. Program Implementation During the first half of the 2017-2018 school year, we have completed the program at Sebring Middle School and Avon Park Middle School.  At SMS we saw a total […]

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Tobacco: An addiction or part of a larger health issue? The Great American Smokeout started over 46 years ago in Massachusetts when a neighbor encouraged his neighbors to quit smoking for the day.  However, tobacco has a long-standing history with America.  It started here with the Native Americans and was brought to Europe in 1528… […]

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Sextortion Have you heard about it yet?  What about sexting?  Sexting is a term that came about in the early 2000s referring to sending, receiving or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photos or images using a digital device.  Most people today know about sexting and have heard someone speak about the dangers of it.  Sextortion is […]

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Recognizing an Unhealthy Relationship Recently one of our own discussed her personal experiences with Domestic Violence and unhealthy relationships.  Unfortunately, unhealthy relationships and dating violence is something that as health professionals we must speak with young people about because it is a fact that it is happening.  The 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey found […]

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A very important topic and one of my favorites to discuss with the youth are “Healthy and Unhealthy relationships. It is one of my favorites because, in today’s society, young people can become very confused on what the qualities of a healthy relationship are. Media, music, television, and movies sometimes glamorize unhealthy qualities and make them […]

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