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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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Program Director Larry Moore Discusses Teen Dating In the video blog seen below, Program Director Larry Moore reacts to a National Child Safety Council article which discusses what teens face daily- specifically dating.  Are there any other red signs you have noticed in teen relationships?  Any advice you would like to give young people about […]

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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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What is iMAD? What exactly are those people teaching our kids? Why do we need sexual health education in Highlands County? Why is it important that we start teaching the young people in our community about STIs, unintended pregnancy, and risky behaviors? I will address these questions and give statistics for Florida and Highlands County […]

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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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When I first started thinking about what I would like to say or discuss for the month of domestic violence awareness, I didn’t have to think too hard because I was a victim of domestic violence myself.  Not once, not twice, but three different times in my life.  At different stages of my life I […]

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