Get involved in National Prevention Week

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of substance abuse and mental health issues. The 2014 National Prevention Week will take place today through Saturday. National Prevention Week will highlight the important role each of us has in maintaining a healthy life and ensuring a productive future.

Today is prevention of tobacco day. It’s of major importance to talk to your children about smoking and how it could affect them. A total of 279,700 kids younger than age 18 who are alive in New York state will die from smoking. Some people don’t realize how much of an issue smoking is, or how many people smoke. In New York, 11.9 percent, or 107,000 high school students, smoke. Talk to your children, your friends and your community and start making a difference. It is easier to never start than it is to quit.

Explore the National Prevention Week website (www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week) to learn more about how you can get involved.

KAYLA KING

Senior at Fort Plain High School