Child Wellness: Obstacle course mirrors teen challenges
If you are raising an adolescent, you know it can be challenging. They are entering a phase where they are experiencing a great deal of peer pressure for drugs and alcohol. Marcie Fraser reports.
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"67 percent of high school seniors are drinking a on a regular basis,” said Heather Kisselback, Prevention Council director.
You may think your teen hasn't experimented with alcohol or drugs, but chances are they have tried them at least once.
"The majority are getting it through an older friend or getting it in their own home," said Kisselback.
Erin Smith was concerned that her son, who was transitioning into middle school, may succumb to peer pressure.
"To make sure he stays true to himself and doesn't go off and do things he wouldn't normally do," Smith explained.
Students transitioning from middle school to high school are most at risk of experimenting with drugs. The Prevention Council helps students build self esteem, which helps ward off peer pressure and bullying.
"We do school programs, during school, summer camps, peer pressure, self esteem all to help kids, prevent the kids from making bad choices,” said Kisselback.
Fundraisers are needed to support prevention programs. With the challenges teens face in mind, the Tuff eNuff Challenge for families was born. It's a 5K obstacle course, and each obstacle has a specific name.
To try to relate to the teenagers, the organization named the obstacle after something that is relatable. For example, one is a tangled web, referring to instances when teenagers lie and the webs they may weave
When folks are on the course training for the challenge, they attempt to untangle themselves from the spider web. Then they then truck through the muck, hit a few slippery situations, climb big hills, struggle to overcome life's ups and downs, and sometimes they barely crawl through a crisis. A teen’s life sometimes is just tough and gets dirty.
The money raised goes toward community programs of which both Erin and her son benefited from.
"Life is hard, but keep trying and just keep going and you can get to the finish line," said Smith.
For more information about the Tuff eNuff Challenge, go to http://www.preventioncouncil.org/.