On May 1st P² Collaborative participated in Tobacco 21 Lobby Day in Albany. This proposed state legislation (S3978 (Savino) / A273 (Rosenthal) will raise the minimum tobacco legal sales from 18 to 21 years old. To date, 11 cities and counties in New York have adopted the Tobacco 21 policy, including two of our own counties, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus. You can track New York's progress on the Tobacco Twenty-One website.
This legislation will protect youth from a lifetime of nicotine and tobacco addiction, and the negative health and economic consequences that will arise from that use. Raising the sale age of all tobacco products would help prevent more youth from succumbing to an addiction that could cost them their lives from any number of cancers and diseases including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and heart disease.
95% of all adult smokers report that they started smoking before the age of 21. Tobacco use is a pediatric epidemic because most tobacco use starts in the high school years. 80% of youth smokers will become adult smokers and one-half of adult smokers will die prematurely from tobacco-related diseases. The developing brain is particularly vulnerable to nicotine exposure. Smoking during adolescence increases the risk of long-term addiction to nicotine and other drugs and makes quitting more difficult. Nicotine exposure in adolescence also increases the risk of developing psychiatric disorders and cognitive impairment in later life.
Studies show that many underage smokers do not purchase their cigarettes from retailers but instead get their cigarettes from “social sources” such as older friends. Raising the minimum legal sales age to 21 will further reduce such social sources for our children. 90% of those who provide cigarettes to younger teens are under the age of 21. Increasing the sales age dramatically decreases high school and middle school youths’ access to addictive products from older teens.
Public health policies aimed at reducing tobacco use have had tremendous positive impact on the health of local residents over the past several decades. We urge our elected officials to take a leading role in protecting the next generation of New York adults from preventable lung disease and recommend raising the minimum legal sale age to 21 years old.
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Join us for our 3rd annual Spotlight on Population Health (SOPHi) awards & Expo on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Buffalo RiverWorks! SOPHi is a celebration of organizations across the eight counties of Western New York that focuses on Population Health. Through this award ceremony, we hope to educate the WNY community on all the great work being done around the region, and maybe even create some new collaborations!
Nominations are made by community members, with the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) Steering Team selecting the awardees. Nominate a project for SOPHi 2017 and give them the recognition they deserve!
What takes place at the Awards & Expo?
A variety of local vendors and exhibitors will be present to promote all aspects of health, wellness, fitness, and lifestyle improvements. Interactive demonstrations and health screenings will be available. WNY has many organizations dedicated to population health improvement across the region. We are dedicated to sharing their resources and expertise to accomplish our goals of a healthier community. The Expo aims to provide additional information on programs that emphasize:
SOPHi nominees will be on site to give updates on their accomplishments.
This event will bring together local health related organizations with one thing in common: the desire to improve population health for our community. Attendees will be looking for new tools, products, and services that will help them meet this goal.
SOPHI NOMINATIONS OPEN MAY 17TH!
Awards ceremony features
Winners for the SOPHI's will be announced live, but (as the saying goes) “it’s an honor just to be nominated.” The winners will be those organizations that best exemplify our population health values of being: data-driven, inclusive, collaborative, having community impact, and transparent.The SOPHi's will kick off with the Community Achievement Award, recognizing an individual's outstanding track record of excellence and service in the Western New York community.The Community Achievement Award will be followed by the SOPHi's. Each winner will have the opportunity for remarks during which they can thank their agent and “all the people who believed in them,” and give some more information about the great work they all do.
Date: October 13, 2017
Hours: 9am-12pm; registration at 8:30am
Location: Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St, Buffalo NY
Admission: $30/person | $20/person early bird (ends June 2nd)
Who will attend?
With over 350 in attendance last year, this year’s awards is expected to draw an even larger crowd. Attendees include community based organization workers and supporters, health plan executives and representatives, local hospital representatives, and community members.
Nominations will be open soon! Subscribe to the P2 Newsletter to stay updated!
2015 & 2016 SOPHi WINNERS
EXHIBIT SPACE & SPONSORS
Your contribution will enable P² Collaborative to provide important funding for this event, and ensure the success of this annual awards ceremony. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to be part of P²'s unique celebration. Thank you in advance for your support of SOPHi 2017 — we look forward to celebrating with you in October!
The Risky Business of Sex
Prescription Drug Misuse
Compulsive Exercise & Sedentary Lifestyles
What’s too Far?
When a person misses social or professional obligations so they can workout; feels extremely sad or guilty when they don’t exercise; doesn’t give their body time to recover after an intense workout; or continues to exercise despite illness or injury, it is called compulsive exercise, or exercise addiction.
Keys to Health: Troublesome Exercise
Borrowed from Mental Health America
Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. But people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.
Sometimes people struggling with mental health concerns develop habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves. Activities like compulsive sex, recreational drug use, obsessive internet use, excessive spending, or disordered exercise patterns can all be behaviors that can disrupt someone’s mental health and potentially lead them down a path towards crisis.
This May is Mental Health Month; and we're helping Mental Health America raise awareness of Risky Business (#riskybusiness). The campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals dealing with a mental health concern understand that some behaviors and habits can be detrimental to recovery—or even mask a deeper issue—but that seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of.
Take the interactive quiz at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/whatstoofar and talk to us on Facebook about when you think behaviors or habits go from being acceptable to unhealthy.
We want everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, that recovery is always the goal, and that even if you or someone you love are engaging in risky behavior, there is help. It is important to understand early symptoms of mental illness and know when certain behaviors are potentially signs of something more.
We need to speak up early and educate people about risky behavior and its connection to mental illness—and do so in a compassionate, judgement-free way. When we engage in prevention and early identification, we can help reduce the burden of mental illness by identifying symptoms and
warning signs early—and provide effective treatment Before Stage 4.
So, let’s talk about what is and is not risky business. Let’s understand where it’s important to draw the line, so that we can address mental illness B4Stage4, and help others on the road to recovery. For more information, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.
Check back on P2 News as we look at the risky behaviors of sex, drugs, and exercise and the effects they have on mental health. We'll use Keys to Health to look at how the data trends in our region.
You know happy and healthy employees when you see them. They’re focused, motivated, productive, and present. And the truth is—you need more of them in your organization. Mental wellness is the good kind of contagious, and Mindset is the path that can take you and your company there. Our partners at Compeer of Greater Buffalo and the Mental Health Association of Erie County are collaborating to offer a series of workplace wellness workshops. This programming is geared to both the private and non-profit sector. Sessions will educate participants about a wide variety of topics.
Mindset is your one-stop shop for seminars to educate, stimulate, and rejuvenate. Whether it is Mental Health First Aid for youth, adults, veterans, older adults, higher education or workplace wellness classes, Mindset can deliver the kind of information you need.
Mindset's team of trainers have the experience to make a positive difference in your life. They are here to help you on your personal journey to excellent mental health. So whether you are an individual or a company looking for a great source for wellness training then Mindset is right for you.
Interested in learning more? Click here to register for our May 11th webinar with Victoria Davis and Karl Shallowhorn on Mental Health in the Workplace, or look below for her contact information.
Want to learn more or schedule a training?
Contact Victoria Davis
716-886-1242 Ext. 316
Join our May 11th webinar to learn How to Create a Mentally Healthy Culture with Victoria Davis and Karl Shallowhorn. Register today!