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If you’ve wondered if prevention programs can actually make a difference here is some encouraging news: new data show that more youth today have healthier behaviors than youth of 25 years ago. Data from the Youth Behavior Risk Surveillance Survey, released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), shows that children are increasingly…

What type of youth substance abuse prevention is most effective? At Compass Mark, our mission is to find evidence-based prevention programs and put them to work in Lancaster and Lebanon. Many of our youth programs are based on social and emotional learning (SEL), a term that defines acquiring the skills that help children make healthier,…

Scared straight programs. Whether you’ve seen mocked-up drunken driving crash scenes with bloodied teens playing “dead” or watched drug danger school assemblies, you may be familiar with these programs designed to frighten kids into good behavior. But do scare tactics work for preventing substance abuse and other risky behaviors?

More than a few adults have complained about the potential impact of video games since Pong first bounced into living rooms in the 1970s. Now one study suggests that teen video gamers who play frequently show brain changes similar to those found in compulsive gamblers.

More people died of heroin-only overdoses in Lancaster than in Philadelphia in 2013, according to a Lancaster Online special report. As we wrap up National Drug Facts Week, an annual initiative that uses science to help teens debunk common myths about drugs and drug use, it’s a good time to remind ourselves that, as adults,…

The “Choking Game,” has become a rising issue effecting youth mainly from ages 9-16. The Choking “Game,” however, is not a game at all, in fact it’s a way that kids can seriously injure themselves or die in an attempt to get a few minutes of lightheadedness. There are different ways to “play” the choking…

Let’s face it, we do not always show our healthiest selves over the holidays or make the healthiest decisions. Here are some ways to take healthy risks and make healthy decisions to end your holiday season on a positive, happy, and healthy note.

The Columbia Borough School District decided to take a proactive approach to possible challenges that may come out of the consolidation of Park and Taylor Elementary Schools in the Columbia Borough School District. In November, Bevan Allen, Compass Mark’s Lead Trainer met with students from the fifth and sixth grades at the Taylor Campus to…

Hosting your in-laws for a long weekend…trudging through the mall crowd…hunting endlessly for that “perfect” gift. The holiday hustle can wear anyone down. While stress is a normal part of life, especially during the season of joy and cheer, some people will try to relax by engaging in risky behaviors, such as drinking alcohol or…

Say “risk-taking” and most of us probably think of parachuting from planes or climbing mountains. You might even think of negative risky behaviors, like abusing alcohol or other drugs. But did you know that volunteering is a risk, too? In fact, it’s one that offers real benefits to the volunteer as well as the community….

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