Health & Wellness Masthead
January 2016

Happy New Year! This is Derrick, your local Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Youth Development Specialist (and chocolate aficionado). I'm here bringing you an update on the marvelous work that is being done across the county with our TUPE Peer Educator Program! 

We have spent the last few months intensely training TUPE Peer Educators from Antioch, Byron, Mt. Diablo, Pittsburg, and West Contra Costa school districts. To date, we have trained 383 middle and high school students! I know, that's a lot of Peer Educators! 

Many sites kicked off the year with school-wide efforts in November, focused on the national Great American Smokeout.  Awesome job by everyone who participated. In the coming weeks, Peer Educators will also be doing prevention instruction in classrooms. I'll be sure to update you on their future endeavors. Thank you for your interest and ongoing support. 

Good luck with those resolutions, 

Derrick Kirk 
TUPE Youth Development Specialist
Contra Costa County Office of Education

Want to learn more about TUPE and accessing resources? Check out our TUPE Flyer and TUPE webpage
Classroom-Based Substance Abuse Prevention Programs Trainings

Middle School Training - Project ALERT 
Thursday, January 14, 2016; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

High School Training - Project Towards No Drug Abuse Thursday, January 21, 2016; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Questions regarding the Project ALERT or Project TND trainings? Contact Jennifer Eseltine, TUPE Curriculum Coordinator. 

Peer Programs Training

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Description: This one-day training for adults will provide the opportunity to explore the nuts and bolts of quality peer programs and review the communication skills all peer helpers need. We will look at recruitment, selection, training, gaining additional support, and explore all of the exciting leadership roles that peer educators/helpers can play! 

Questions regarding the Peer Programs Training?
Contact Derrick Kirk,TUPE Youth Development Specialist. 

Save-the-Date! LGBTQ Inclusive Classrooms Training

Monday, February 22, 2016 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Contra Costa County Office of Education
Registration Coming Soon!

Questions regarding the LGBTQ Inclusive Classrooms Training? 
Contact Emily Justice,TUPE Manager.

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, Ed.D.,
Deputy Superintendent, Educational Services

Pam Tyson, Ph.D., Director, Educational Services
In This Issue
Upcoming Meetings


Upcoming TUPE Collaborative Meetings
Friday, February 5
Friday, May 6
10 am - noon at CCCOE 

Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) Network Meeting
Wednesday, January 20
2 - 4 pm at CCCOE

 Useful Resources

Contra Costa TUPE
Information, Upcoming Trainings, & Resources

E-Cigarette/Vape Pens
Protect Your Family from E-Cigarettes: The Facts You Need to Know

CA State Health Officer's Report on E-Cigarettes: A Community Health Threat
Orange County Department of Education: Not So Safe Campaign

Fact Sheets from the Contra Costa Marijuana Prevention Action Team

CessationTobacco Cessation
QuitPal App


 Fast Facts & Articles

Thirdhand smoke is the particles deposited in the air and on surfaces after a cigarette has been extinguished. Thirdhand smoke can cause health problems and babies are particularly vulnerable. Learn more here


Links between Smoking Tobacco and Marijuana

New study finds that use of multiple tobacco products is popular among teenagers

Tobacco dependence in teens should be treated as seriously as drug or alcohol addiction, according to researchers.