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November 2014

This Thursday, November 20, marks the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, a day when current tobacco users are encouraged to quit or to set a quit date.


Nicotine is a powerfully addictive drug and it generally takes 8+ quit attempts before a tobacco user quits for good. Fortunately, there are a lot of free resources for those seeking support:

This day is also a wonderful opportunity for students to implement tobacco-prevention activities on their school campuses and provide support to those wishing to quit.


I am available if you have any questions or are seeking additional student health resources.



Emily Justice
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE)


Professional Development Opportunities
Space is limited. Sign up now! 

AB 1266: School Success and Opportunity Act Workshop
Monday, January 12
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (District/School Administrators)
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Teachers/Counselors/etc.)

About AB 1266: Enacted on January 1, 2014, AB 1266 requires that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil's records. 

Project Towards No Drug Abuse -- High School 
Tuesday, January 20
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Project ALERT --
Middle School 
Thursday, January 22
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Hot Topics: Increasing Comfort & Facilitation Skills 
Thursday, February 12,  9:00 am - 3:30 pm

If you have any questions, or need help with registration, 
contact Lisa Boyer.
Training Series: Eliminating Barriers to Learning 
Through the Early Identification of Student Mental Health Issues

There are still spots available for the remaining Eliminating Barriers to Learning sessions! Click here for more information.

December 4: Making Help Available to Students
March 5: Strategies to Promote Positive Climate
April 16: Cultural Competence & Mental Wellness Initiatives

Related Article: When Anxiety Hits at School As the number of teens who suffer from anxiety disorders continues to grow, mental-health care is increasingly part of school nurses' job descriptions. 
Congratulations WCCUSD!

The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) has received the prestigious CSBA Golden Bell Award in recognition of its innovative programs that have improved school climate - including its six school-based health centers (SBHCs).

Thank You
We hope you enjoyed this month's Health & Wellness Matters e-newsletter! If you have suggestions for future articles or resources to share, contact Emily Justice.

CCCOE Educational Services
Emily Justice, Manager, Tobacco Use Prevention Education

Pamela Comfort, Ph.D.,
Associate Superintendent, Educational Services

Pam Tyson, Ph.D., Director, Educational Services
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Professional Development
Mental Health Series
Congratulations WCCUSD!
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Upcoming Meetings



TUPE District Coordinators and Community Partners
December 5
10:00 am - Noon

TUPE District Coordinators and Community Partners
February 6
10:00 am - Noon

HIV/Comprehensive Sex Education Network
February 11
10:00 am - Noon

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Fast Facts & News Articles


Parents Teaching Teens "Responsible Drinking" is a Myth: Study

20 million people have died because of smoking and secondhand smoke since the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health was released in 1964.

LGBT kids of color are more likely to be disciplined in school, study shows

California Ranks First in After-School Programs

Energy Drinks Could be Big Public Health Problem for Youth People: Report

FYI: A Project Update from the Tobacco Prevention Project  Fall