Talking with Questa Councilman John Ortega

Video published December 4, 2020
In this video Coalition Coordinator, Maria Gonzalez has a conversation with Questa Councilman, John Ortega to talk about his role in the Vida Del Norte Coalition and why he became involved. Councilman Ortega is part of the Government sector of the coalition.

Communicating With Your Kids

Video published December 2, 2020
In this video, the Vida Del Norte Coalition Coordinator, Maria Gonzalez talks about ideas for communicating with your kids and close family members about substance misuse. She also discusses how young people often do not feel like they are really heard when they speak and this can make them uncomfortable talking to adults.

The First Coffee and Conversation Broadcast

This was the first Coffee and Conversation Broadcast that Maria Gonzalez live streamed on Facebook on November 20, 2020. In this video, Maria introduces what Coffee and Conversation is about and why she decided to start broadcasting these conversations live and also discusses some of the issues facing the youth in the Questa area.

THINGS TO DO IN THE IN AND AROUND QUESTA

Here is a list of things to do in and around Questa. If you know of something that should be added to this list please email your suggestion to media@vidadelnorte.com.

Also visit the Vida Event Calendar to see a list of things that are going on in this area or to submit an event to be added to the calendar.

Yoga Sala

Yoga Sala offers moving arts classes – kids ballet and dance, yoga, qigong, tai chi, zumba and also hosts fun and creative workshops and activities.
Visit the Yoga Sala Website to see the schedule of classes, events and workshops. You can sign up for just one class or for many. Yoga Sala also currently is offering free classes for youth.

THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT VAPING

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

E-CIGARETTE VAPOR IS NOT SAFE.

The aerosol emited can contain harmful substances, including heavy metals such as lead, volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing agents. 1

DON'T WAIT TILL IT'S TOO LATE

E-CIGARETTES CAN LOOK LIKE EVERYDAY OBJECTS.

Some resemble pens, USB sticks, and other everyday items. Larger devices such as tank systems, or “mods,” do not resemble other tobacco products.1

E-CIGARETTE USE HARMS THE DEVELOPING BRAIN.

E-cigarettes typically deliver nicotine, a harmful drug to the brain and body.

Teens are particularly vulnerable to the effects of nicotine since the brain is still developing during these years and through young adulthood. 1

Why Is Nicotine Unsafe for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine—the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products.
A recent CDC study found that 99% of the e-cigarettes sold in the United States contained nicotine.

Some e-cigarette labels do not disclose that they contain nicotine, and some e-cigarettes marketed as containing 0% nicotine have been found to contain nicotine.

Nicotine can harm the developing adolecent brain, especially the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.

Each time a new memory is created or a new skill is learned, stronger connections – or synapses – are built between brain cells. Young people’s brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Nicotine changes the way these synapses are formed.

Using nicotine in adolescence may also increase risk for future addiction to other drugs. 2

What Is in E-cigarette Aerosol?

E-cigarette aerosol is NOT harmless “water vapor.”

The e-cigarette aerosol that users breathe from the device and exhale can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including:

  • Nicotine
  • Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
  • Flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Cancer-causing chemicals
  • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead

The aerosol that users inhale and
exhale from e-cigarettes can expose both themselves and bystanders to harmful substances.

It is impossible for consumers to really know what e-cigarette products contain. 2

What Are the Other Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

Scientists are still learning about the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes.

Some of the ingredients in e-cigarette aerosol could also be harmful to the lungs in the long-term. For example, some e-cigarette flavorings may be safe to eat but not to inhale because the gut can process more substances than the lungs.

Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused some fires and explosions, a few of which have resulted in serious injuries.

Children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing e-cigarette liquid through their skin or eyes. Nationally, approximately 50% of calls to poison control centers for e-cigarettes are for kids 5 years of age or

younger.

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TALKING WITH YOUR TEEN ABOUT VAPING

Use these tips to talk with your teen:

  • Check in frequently to see how they are doing;
  • Choose informal times to talk, such as in the car, during dinner, or while watching TV;
  • Be clear and consistent about your expectations regarding vaping and other substance use;
  • Establish family agreements together for social and extracurricular activities;
  • Let them know you care and are always there for them; and Continue talking with your teens as they get older. 3


Source: FAQ: Vaping and Your Kids, What Every Parent Should Know
https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/faq-vaping-and-your-kids.html

DON'T WAIT TILL IT'S TOO LATE

Help your teen create an “exit plan” in case he or she is offered an e-cigarette or faced with a difficult decision about vaping (such as texting a code word to a family member). Peer pressure can be powerful, so coming up with realistic action steps and practicing them together in a safe environment will prepare and empower your teen to make good choices when it matters.

It’s never too late to start talking with your teen about the risks of vaping. As teens age, they make more decisions on their own and face greater temptation and peer pressure. Though it may not seem like it, teens really do hear your concerns. It’s important you help them understand what e-cigarettes and other vaping products are, and why they shouldn’t use them. 3

WHY ARE YOUNG PEOPLE VAPING?

Teens and young adults vape for many reasons, including peer pressure and wanting to fit in with friends. They may also be curious about all the different flavored vaping liquids available to them. Companies that produce vaping liquids create appealing flavors, such as apple pie or vanilla, to attract teens and get them hooked on their product. 3

IDENTIFY THE SIGNS

Recognizing signs of vaping can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. One of the most telling signs that your teen may be vaping is the presence of vaping equipment among his or her belongings. Vaping equipment includes e-cigarettes, flavored liquid bottles, and small pods or cartridges that can contain THC oil. It’s important to know that e-cigarettes come in many different shapes and sizes, and may not resemble a tobacco product. Many often resemble a pen or flash drive that can be plugged into a laptop to charge. 3

Other signs include, but are not limited to:

  • A faint scent of flavoring in your house that you can’t locate or identify
  • An increase in your teen’s thirst level;
  • A rise in the number and frequency of nosebleeds your teen experiences;
  • A decrease in your teen’s caffeine

    consumption

    3

RESOURCES TO HELP YOU QUIT VAPING

SAMHSA'S NATIONAL HELPLINE - 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

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THIS IS QUITTING - THETRUTH.COM

Quitting doesn’t have to be a solo journey. With This is Quitting — the first-ever text-to-quit vaping service — the help and support you need is just a text away. All you have to do to get started is text DITCHJUUL to 88709 or visit thetruth.com for more information.

How to Quit Vaping

Quitting vaping can be easier when you prepare in advance and have a plan. Find out what steps you can take to get ready to quit

vaping.

Visit smokefree.gov for more info.

RESOURCES WITH MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VAPING

Below are links to resources with information about vaping. We would like to continue to add to this list. If you find a good link that you would like to add to this list please email it to: media@vidadelnorte.com

Reducing Vaping Among Youth and Young Adults

An Evidence-Based Resource Guide published by SAMHSA.
This guide contains a foreword and five chapters. The chapters stand alone and do not need to be read in order. Each chapter is designed to be brief and accessible to school administrators, community members, policy makers, and others working to prevent and reduce youth vaping.

Basic Information About E-Cigarettes from the CDC

Get the facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects and the risks of using e-cigarettes.

facts about electronic cigarettes

Tips For Teens: The Truth About E-Cigarettes

This fact sheet for teens provides facts about vaping. It describes short- and long-term effects and lists signs of vaping. The fact sheet helps to dispel common myths about vaping. Access sources and references cited in this fact sheet.

 

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American Lung Association - How to Talk to your Teens About Vaping

This guide is intended to help you have an important talk about vaping with your kids. Sure, they may think you are uncool and annoying for bringing this up, but it is important that you do. The health risks are real and they need you to fight for them. Have The Vape Talk with your kids today.

 

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Coffee and Conversation Broadcasts


Coffee and Conversation is currently being hosted at 9:30 am on Wednesday and Friday on both Zoom and on Facebook. Topics vary with ever broadcast.

To join Coffee and Conversation via Zoom use the link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8578620293
or the Meeting ID: 857 862 0293

To join on Facebook visit the Vida Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/vidadelnortecoalition/

The Coffee and Conversation videos are a live video broadcast hosted on Facebook by Maria Gonzalez , the Coalition Coordinator for Vida Del Norte.  In these broadcasts, Maria invites members of the community to participate in conversations about issues that are affecting us that relate to substance abuse and prevention, mental health and the well-being of youth, families and our communities. The Coffee and Conversation broadcasts are an opportunity for the community to discuss their concerns and show support for one another. Below is an archive of the Coffee and Conversations videos which have already happened.


The First Coffee and Conversation Broadcast

Video Published on November 20, 2020
This was the first Coffee and Conversation Broadcast that Maria Gonzalez live streamed on Facebook.  In this video, Maria introduces what Coffee and Conversation is and why she decided to start broadcasting these conversations live and also discusses some of the issues facing the youth in the Questa area. VIEW THIS VIDEO

Speaking with Brian Salazar from Taos Behavioral Health

Video Published November 25, 2020
This Coffee and Conversation is a conversation with the Coalition Coordinator for Vida Del Norte, Maria Gonzalaz and Brian Salazar from Taos Behavioral Health. In this video they talk about substance misuse increasing during holidays, and because of the covid pandemic and also mental health issues that relate to this. VIEW THIS VIDEO

Communicating With Your Kids

Video published December 2, 2020
In this video, the Vida Del Norte Coalition Coordinator, Maria Gonzalez talks about ideas for communicating with your kids and close family members about substance misuse. She also discusses how young people often do not feel like they are really heard when they speak and this can make them uncomfortable talking to adults. VIEW THIS VIDEO

Talking with Questa Councilman John Ortega

Video published December 4, 2020
In this video Coalition Coordinator, Maria Gonzalez has a conversation with Questa Councilman, John Ortega to talk about his role in the Vida Del Norte Coalition and why he became involved. Councilman Ortega is part of the Government sector of the coalition. VIEW THIS VIDEO

Live with Licensed Clinical Councilor Gilbert Valdez

Video Published December 9, 2020
In this Coffee and Conversation broadcast Licensed Clinical Councilor Gilbert Valdez talks about the effects that drinking alcohol has on the brain, specifically what happens in the brain when someone consumes too much alcohol. VIEW THIS VIDEO

Angelica Lovato

Talking with Angelica Lovato

Video Published December 16, 2020
In this Coffee and Conversation broadcast Coalition Coordinator, Maria Gonzalez talks with Angelica Lovato who is a junior at Questa high school and a member of Vida Del Norte's youth coalition, Active8. VIEW THIS VIDEO

Live With Daniel Herrera

Video Published December 18, 2020
In this Coffee and Conversation broadcast Coalition Coordinator, Maria Gonzalez talks with Daniel Hererra about his experience in recovery, his project RYNO (Rewire Yourself with New Opportunities) and his vision to be a pathway navigator to people in recovery. VIEW THIS VIDEO

Maria Gonzalez Talks About Goals

Video Published January 13, 2020
In this Coffee and Conversation broadcast Coalition Coordinator, Maria Gonzalez talks about the idea of setting goals and setting goals in the new year and helping to hold each other accountable. VIEW THIS VIDEO

Lawrence Media

Coffee And Conversation With Lawrence Medina From Rio Grande Alcoholism Treatment Program

Video Published January 20, 2020
In this Coffee and Conversation broadcast Coalition Coordinator, Maria Gonzalez talks with Lawrence Medina From Rio Grande ATP who talks about the services they provide in alcoholism treatment. Rio Grande ATP provides substance abuse treatment, behavioral health services, and access to supportive services as well.
To find out more about Rio Grande ATP please visit https://riograndeatp.org/. VIEW THIS VIDEO

Maria Gonzalez Talking About Coping Skills

Coping Skills

Video Published January 22, 2020
In this Coffee and Conversation broadcast Coalition Coordinator, Maria Gonzalez talks about helping to give kids coping skills and life skills. She talks about the importance of encouraging exercise, creativity, relaxation and positive self-talk to help kids develop coping skills. VIEW THIS VIDEO

William Borges Talking

A Conversation with William Borges

Video Published January 27, 2020
In this Coffee and Conversation broadcast Coalition Coordinator, Maria Gonzalez talks with Vida Del Norte Coalition member William Borges about his experience and his involvement with the coalition. William talks about how hopes to see the youth in the community overcome the obstacles that are in front of them, develop coping skills and not resort to substance youth. VIEW THIS VIDEO

Maria Gonzalez Talks About Trama

Maria Gonzalez Talks About Trauma

Video Published February 2, 2021
In this Coffee and Conversation broadcast Vida Del Norte Coalition Coordinator, Maria Gonzalez talks about trauma. VIEW THIS VIDEO

Boredom Busters – Free Activities to Keep Busy at Home Anytime

Boredom Busters!

Activity Ideas to Keep Kids Busy at Home

Here are some links to lists of activities that kids and families can do at home for free to stay busy throughout the year.
Boredom Busters: 110 Fun At-Home Activities for Families & Kids
87 family activities to help you avoid coronavirus cabin fever
School’s cancelled—what now? Here are 200+ activities you can do with kids at home

Group Games & Activities

Here is a link to a site that has loads of directions for free activities that would be fun for adults or kids. Many of these activities can be used as team building exercises and could also be done in a video chat environment.
https://www.playmeo.com/

Free Online Yoga and Exercise Classes

Cosmic Kids YouTube Yoga Classes for Kids
GoNoodle: Movement and mindfulness videos GoNoodle.com
Free Online Toddler Frozen Dance Class
Fitness Blenders: Free 25-minute fitness videos for kids
Swordkit: Kid-friendly workouts (strength, agility, flexibility, balance, warm-ups and cool-downs, and more.

Virtual Field Trips

Here are links to some lists with resources to places that can be visited virtually through webcams and interactive online experiences.

40 Virtual Field Trips for Kids to Get Them Learning About the World
25+ Amazing Educational Virtual Field Trips—Spring 2020
Incredible things you will only see in Dubai

Virtual Experiences

Google Arts and Culture
Google Arts & Culture puts the treasures, stories and knowledge of over 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries at your fingertips.
https://artsandculture.google.com/

Art Selfie
Art Selfie is a playful way to discover art.
Install the app, take a selfie, and search thousands of artworks to see if any look like you
https://artsandculture.google.com/camera/selfie

Online Games

Drawing Games

Here are links to free multiplayer drawing and guessing games.

skribbl io
https://skribbl.io/
Drawasaurus
https://www.drawasaurus.org/
letsdraw.it
https://letsdraw.it/

Sites with Multiple Online Games

Here are links to free games that you can play online alone or with your friends like cards, scrabble and chess

Pogo.com
Playingcards.io

Free Video Games

Here are links to free video games that you can play online alone or with your friends

Steampowered.com

Resource Sites

Here are links to lists of online resources of online games and activities

Sheppard Software
Sheppard Software hosts hundreds of free, online, educational games for kids.

10 Free Online Educational Game Sites
Here are 10 game hubs that teachers and students can use for learning and fun.

 

Activities to Keep Busy During the Holidays

Holiday Activity Ideas

It can be a challenge to come up with ideas to stay busy any time we are at home, even during the holidays. Here is a list of ideas resources of fun activities, online games and interactive ideas that can help keep boredom at bay.

Making Ornaments

Making ornaments is a fun way for families to get creative together during the holiday time without having to spend very much on supplies. Ornaments are a great way to give your home holiday cheer and they also can make great gifts! Here are a few links to sites that have great ideas for many different kinds of DIY ornaments.

Paper Christmas Decorations You Can Make at Home
53 Easy Handmade Christmas Ornaments to Start Making Now
Get Kids Crafting With These Easy Twig Ornaments
Simple Holiday DIY: 20+ Twig Christmas Ornaments to Make

 

Ginger Bread Houses out of Cookie or Cardboard


One fun activity that kids love to help make and eat is gingerbread houses. If you are feeling especially creative and have a lot of free time you can also make a giant gingerbread house out of cardboard to be a playhouse for the kids or a big decoration for your house. An easier idea is to make small cardboard gingerbread houses for decorations or ornaments. Here are some links on how to make all three!
Gingerbread House Recipe - good recipe for a cookie and candy Gingerbread house
DIY Paper Gingerbread House -
a small gingerbread house that you can make with kids out of cardboard
How to Build a Life-Sized Gingerbread Playhouse - This project looks like it takes awhile but is a good idea. It could also be built with more recycled or homemade items
DIY Life-Size Gingerbread Playhouse from a Cardboard Box - This is a slightly more simple idea for a gingerbread playhouse

Other Holiday Activity Ideas

Vida Auction

The Vida Auction has ended. Thank you to everyone who placed bids. If you need to pick up an item that you won please call Maria Gonzalez, Coalition Coordinator at, (575) 779-2260. If yours was not a winning bid, you can still make a donations to our Sober Sight Fundraising Campaign to help us raise the money we need to turn our location in Questa into a safe, fun place for the youth and the community in the Questa area. Click the purple donation button below. Thank you! Have safe and happy Holidays!

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