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Topics/Upcoming Events:  Red Ribbon Week

WHY? The Red Ribbon Campaign was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG-FREE AMERICA.

WHO? National Family Partnership is the sponsor of the National Red Ribbon Week Celebration. We are helping citizens across the state come together to keep children, families and communities safe, healthy and drug-free, through parent training, networking and sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign.

WHY SUPPORT THE NATIONAL THEME? A theme unifies each year’s campaign and helps to broadcast one message creating a tipping point to change behavior.

HOW?Plan a Red Ribbon celebration. Order and display Red Ribbon Materials with the National Red Ribbon Theme. Proceeds from the sale of Red Ribbon theme merchandise helps support prevention programs across America. Order for your family, students, staff, patients, employees and customers and encourage them to wear the red ribbon symbol during Red Ribbon Week in late October.


Hydrated & Healthy

The Orange County Department of Education has partnered with the Orange County Fire Authority, and many other local agencies, to launch the Hydrated & Healthy awareness campaign. The goal is to educate the public about the importance of youth staying hydrated during physical activity, especially in warmer weather. Hydrating before, during, and after physical activity is the key to preventing heat-related illness. It is vital to recognize the warning signs of distress and act immediately to prevent serious injury, and even death. Parents, coaches, athletes and others should develop a hydration plan that includes drinking fluids before, during, and after physical activity in all sports and in all seasons. The Hydrated & Healthy website will post valuable resources in video and print with the most recent research regarding ‘best practice.’ We encourage you to download our videos for distribution at the local level to remind student athletes and children at play to stay hydrated. Visit their website .

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