CDH Implementing Substance Use Prevention Curriculum

April 17, 2019

You might be surprised to learn that drinking and chemical use is not as prevalent with teenagers as the media leads us to believe. While alcohol and drug use is a concern for our students, in fact, based on a student survey conducted last year, the majority of CDH students have never consumed a whole drink of alcohol.

If most teenagers are already making smart choices, the next step is to make sure they know what social behavior is actually "normal."

CDH has partnered with FCD Prevention Works, part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, to educate students and empower them to make healthy decisions.

The program started off small, with presentations in ninth-grade Values classes and an evening presentation for parents. Next year kicks off a large wellness curriculum based around the needs of students.

"The curriculum will look at the overall health picture, including nutrition and mental health," said Assistant Principal Amy Bellus.

Integrating a wellness curriculum into the student experience is another aspect of a holistic education, with a goal of preparing our graduates for happy and healthy adult lives. 


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