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Vanessa Williams Urges Parents and Teens to Give Each Other the Ultimate Holiday Gift an “Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract” : “Ugly Betty” Star and Her Teenage Son Sign a Driving Contract, Launching Allstate’s National Home for the Holidays Teen Safe Driving Campaign


NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 2, 2008

They’re giving each other a conversation and a promise. And best of all, it’s free.

With Devin on the verge of getting his learner’s permit, Ms. Williams and her son are signing an Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract before he gets behind the wheel. Based on conversations they had at home, their contract lays out expectations for smart driving decisions, and consequences if those expectations are not met.

It’s a conversation Ms. Williams and Allstate hope all parents and their teens have this holiday season.

“As a mother of two older daughters, I’ve given them the car keys and worried whether they would make it home safe. The fact is that our teens are more likely to die in a car crash than from anything else, so having the safe driving talk with your teen is just as important as talking about drugs and sex,” Williams said. “As the holidays arrive, parents and teens should use the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract as way to begin a conversation that can be a gift of life.”

Vanessa and Devin signed their contract in New York City today, publicly launching Allstate’s national Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign.

Through its national Parent-Teen Driving Contract Sign Up Drive, Allstate encourages parents and teens to begin a conversation with their teens about safe driving by completing the interactive contract online at http://www.allstate.com/teen. By completing and signing a contract, parents can help ensure their teens return home safely for the holidays and every day.

With car crashes the leading cause of death for American teens, it’s a vital conversation for parents and teens especially this time of year. Teens have an increased chance of getting into an accident around the holidays. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, last December alone, nearly 400 teens died in car crashes across the United States. Many of these crashes could have been avoided with a simple conversation at home.

“By putting the contract in as many parent’s hands as possible, we hope to inspire them to give their teen the most important gift of all the safe driving talk,” said Vicky Dinges, Assistant Vice President of Public Social Responsibility for Allstate. “Signing the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract is the first step to making a commitment between parents and teens that they aren’t going to let themselves become a statistic.”

As part of the campaign, Allstate is also conducting contract signings with other prominent parents and their teens in cities across the country, hoping that more parents and teens heed this important call. This is part of Allstate’s tradition of public advocacy aimed at reducing the number of teens killed on America’s roads each year.

“As a company dedicated to reinventing protection and retirement for American families, doing whatever we can to avert the tragedy of losing a child is something we must take on,” Dinges said.

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About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate

Allstate Insurance Company Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study Reveals Areas with Highest Rates of Deadly Teen Crashes from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day : Study part of Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign to urge parents and teens to have a conversation about smart driving during the holiday season and sign Allstate’s Parent-Teen Driving Contract


NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 3, 2008

The Allstate Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study found that the 10 deadliest hotspots for fatal teen crashes among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas (a central city and its surrounding counties) from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day are:

Teen Birth Rates Decline in 2009


Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 5, 2011

During the past 20 years, the rate of teen girls having children has dropped by about 40% to its lowest level since records began being kept 70 years ago. Having a child during the teen years carries high costsemotional, physical, and financialto the mother, father, child, and community.

Despite the decline, the U.S. teen birth rate is nearly one and a half times higher than the teen birth rate in the United Kingdom, which has the highest teen birth rate in western Europe. The U.S. rate is nearly three times higher than the teen birth rate in Canada and six to nine times higher than the teen birth rates in Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs report.

Though we have made progress in reducing teen pregnancy over the past 20 years, still far too many teens are having babies, said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. Preventing teen pregnancy can protect the health and quality of life of teenagers, their children, and their families throughout the United States.

About 46 percent of teens have had sexual intercourse. About 14 percent of sexually active teen girls and 10 percent of teen boys report that they do not use any type of birth control, the report says. The report finds that teens need sex education, the opportunity to talk with their parents about pregnancy prevention, and those who become sexually active need access to affordable, effective birth control. For teens that are sexually active, two forms of birth control such as condoms for boys, and birth control pills, hormone shots, or an IUD for girls are most effective for preventing pregnancy.

Contraceptive use is lowest and teen childbirth is highest among Hispanic/Latinos and non-Hispanic blacks. Rates also are high among youth of all races and ethnicities who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Black and Hispanic teen girls are about 2-3 times more likely to give birth than white teens. The percentage of black teen girls ever having sex (58 percent) is higher than for Hispanic (45 percent) and white teen girls (45 percent). The percentage of black teen males ever having sex (72 percent) is greater than that of Hispanics (53 percent) and whites (40 percent).

According to CDC Vital Signs, teen childbearing has a high cost emotionally, physically and financially for the mother, child and their community.


About half of teen mothers do not get a high school diploma before the age of 22.
Girls born to teen mothers are almost one-third more likely to become teen mothers themselves.
Children of teen parents are more likely to have low school achievement, drop out of school, and be teen parents themselves.

Teen pregnancy and childbirth cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $ 9 billion each year, approximately $ 6 billion in lost tax revenue and nearly $ 3 billion in public expenditures. Reducing teen and unintended pregnancy is a key priority for the Department of Health and Human Services and the focus of a collaborative effort involving many parts of the Department. In support of this effort CDC recommends:

Sex education that provides accurate information and is tied to the developmental needs of adolescents.
Parents and teens communicate more effectively with each other on issues of sex and teen birth.
Sexually active teens have access to affordable and effective birth control.

For more information about preventing teen pregnancy, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/TeenPregnancy and http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/prevention/index.html.

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Wandering Autistic Teen Safely Reunited with Family by MedicAlert Foundations Emergency Support Network


St. Petersburg, Florida (PRWEB) January 26, 2012

Half of all autistic children wander and more than one-third of those children are unable to communicate their name, address or phone number. To combat the fear and anxiety families experience should their loved one with Autism wander, MedicAlert Foundation offers medical IDs supported by a live 24/7 emergency support network. MedicAlert Foundation praised three firefighters from the Lealman Fire District for their coordination and honored in safely returning a MedicAlert member with autism who had wandered away from home.

Acting Lieutenant Ronald J. Neuberger, who was recognized at the ceremony, described the firefighters actions after receiving a call to evaluate a lost child. She was autistic and could not tell us anything at all. She was wandering around a fairly busy road. She had on a MedicAlert ID band and we were able to call MedicAlert and locate her home. If it were not for the MedicAlert ID, we might not have been able to locate her home as quickly and this could have put more stress on the child. When we returned the child home, I explained to the parents that we were able to get her home due to the band she was wearing. We were relieved when we were told that she never leaves home without it.

During last weeks ceremony at the Lealman Fire District, MedicAlert President and CEO, Andrew Wigglesworth, presented the Foundations Extraordinary Meritorious Service Award to Acting Lieutenant Neuberger, Paramedic Brian Barnes and Firefighter/EMT Randy Groves. Wigglesworth applauded the three firefighters for recognizing the MedicAlert ID and immediately contacting MedicAlerts emergency response team for the members medical history, emergency contacts, and identification. Our member had wandered away from home and thanks to these firefighters quick response, the MedicAlert emergency response team was able to work with these firefighters to communicate with the members family and safely reunite the member with loved ones said Wigglesworth.

Wandering is Major Stressor for Autistic Families

According to a recent survey from the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), wandering was ranked among the most stressful behaviors by fifty-eight percent of parents. Sixty-two percent of families of children who wander were prevented from attending/enjoying activities outside the home due to fear of wandering, and forty percent of parents had suffered sleep disruption due to fear of wandering. Families dealing with autism have a real need for peace-of-mind and security; Christine Goulbourne, representative for the Autism Societys Florida chapter, emphasized this point at the award ceremony. Parents and family members of individuals with Autism share a common fear, and that is we are never truly at peace in the absence of our child or loved one with Autism, said Goulbourne. We worry about whether or not theyre being cared for, protected, or treated fairly. If they go missing, that worry is amplified by an agonizing terror. A child with Autism that is unable to communicate effectively will wander for hours or days if unfound; they will not recognize signs of danger.

The IAN survey states that two in three parents report their missing children had a close call with a traffic injury. As the mother of a child affected by Autism, Goulbourne highlighted the seriousness of this specific wandering event in which a traffic injury was thwarted. This story could have ended tragically, but it didnt, she said. The heroic and collaborative efforts of the MedicAlert team and these three courageous respondents, their strict attention to detail and awareness of this extremely special circumstance, safely reunited a lost child with Autism with her family.

To learn more about MedicAlert membership, MedicAlert medical IDs or the MedicAlert Foundation Extraordinary Meritorious Service Award, visit http://www.medicalert.org or email marketing(at)medicalert(dot)org.

About MedicAlert Foundation

Established in 1956, the nonprofit MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical IDs and delivers the most dependable, the most responsive, the most intelligent and the most trusted Emergency Identification and Medical Information Network. MedicAlert provides the functionality of an e-health information exchange through an innovative combination of a unique patient identifier linked to a PHR and a live 24/7 emergency response service. MedicAlert Foundation medical IDs alert emergency personnel to a members primary health conditions, medications or implanted medical devices. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation International also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. Visit http://www.medicalert.org for more information.

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Part 1: New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers at Console & Hollawell Warn of Teen Drinking & Driving in Recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Week


Marlton, New Jersey (PRWEB) October 15, 2012

October 14 through the 20th marks National Teen Driver Safety Week and in observance of this, the Toms River car accident attorneys at Console & Hollawell want all parents and teens to be aware of safe driving practices that could save your life. Console & Hollawell is doing a five-part series in honor of this national service:

Life with Teens Magazine Highlights the Steps to Prevent Teen Concussions

Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 31, 2013

TeenLife Media, a print and online media company that offers comprehensive information and resources for parents and teenagers features the article Getting A-Head of Concussions in the spring issue of Life with Teens magazine. It provides excellent tips for parents and teenagers on the preventative measures on and off of the field when engaging in sports.

“Spring is the perfect time for everyone to become more active, but also more safe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year. But many more get undetected or unreported. That’s why, we feel that it is so important to educate parents and teens today on what to look for if a head injury occurs,” states Marie Schwartz, Founder of TeenLife Media, LLC.

Experts say most youths do well after a sports-related concussionas long as they leave play immediately, seek medical care, and let their brains heal before returning to the field, rink, or court. Children who sustain repeat concussions are at risk for life-changing problems, including brain damage, even death.

Here are some steps parents and athletes can take to help prevent concussions while enjoying youth sports:

Play smart. Athletes should follow the coachs safety rules, practice good sportsmanship, and wear correct protective equipment (helmets, padding, etc.) that fits and is well maintained.

Get strong. There is evidence that neck and shoulder strengthening can help athletes stabilize their heads after an impact, notes William Meehan, M.D., director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention and the Sports Concussion Clinic at Boston Childrens Hospital. He also recommends staying hyperaware (keep your head on a swivel) during play.

Study up. Know the signs and symptoms, which may not appear until hours or days after an injury. Remember that concussions rarely involve losing consciousness; even a ding to the head can be serious. Also, familiarize yourself with your school or league concussion policiesincluding whether they conduct preseason neurocognitive tests like ImPACT to measure an athletes memory, concentration, and reaction times.

See a doctor. If you suspect a concussion, get medical help right away. A primary care physician with experience managing head injuries is a good place to start, but see a specialist if symptoms worsen.

Be patient. Resting the body and brain after a concussion is critical. Students should not return to play or school until cleared by a medical professional. Recoverymeaning all symptoms are gone (both while resting and exercising) and balance and brain function are restoredtypically takes 7 to 10 days.

Communicate. Let coaches know if your teen has had previous head injuries in any sport. And if your child complains about concussion-type symptoms, take that seriously.

About Life with Teens magazine:

Life with Teens magazine (http://www.teenlife.com/LifewithTeens) is published by TeenLife Media, LLC, the go to source for parents, educators, and teenagers nationwide who are seeking programs and services for college-bound students in grades 7 – 12. Our award-winning website, e-newsletters, specialized guides, and signature events feature thousands of enrichment opportunities that bring out the best in teenagers. These include summer programs, community service opportunities, academic experiences, and gap year programs regionally, nationally and abroad. Access to all of TeenLife’s resources is free for registered parents, educators and students at http://www.teenlife.com.

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Iowa Medicine TLC Statewide Public Education Program Kicks Off to Prevent Teen Medicine Misuse and Abuse


Cedar Rapids, IA (PRWEB) October 09, 2013

The Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center (ISAIC), in collaboration with the Governors Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), today announced a statewide public education program to prevent teen prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drug misuse and abuse. The Iowa Medicine TLC Talk, Lock and Connect program kicks off in conjunction with October Medicine Misuse and Abuse Prevention Month in Iowa.

The improper use of medicines is the fastest growing form of substance abuse in Iowa. Teens are more likely to misuse or abuse prescription or OTC medicines than illicit drugs due to the ease of access to prescription medicines, according the 2012 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS). More than four in 10 teens nationally who have misused or abused a prescription drug say they took it from their parents medicine cabinet.

Iowa parents must be informed of this dangerous and growing problem and start taking the right steps to protect their teens from prescription and OTC medicine misuse and abuse, said Emily Blomme, program manager, Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center. Prevention starts with talking with your teens, securing these drugs and connecting with our center for help and to learn more. Iowa Medicine TLC is a new kind of TLC we encourage all parents to give to their teens.

PATS results show the most effective way to prevent Iowa teens from misusing or abusing medicines is for parents to discuss the dangers with their teens. PATS found only 14 percent of parents have discussed the misuse or abuse of prescription drugs with their teens, as opposed to about 80 percent of parents who talk to their teens about alcohol or marijuana.

Many parents may not realize that prescription and OTC medicines, when misused, can be just as dangerous or deadly as street drugs like heroin or cocaine. According to the most recent data available from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, more Americans die of drug overdoses than car crashes. The study showed that 60 percent of these overdoses were from prescription drugs and 74 percent of the overdoses were unintentional.

Mary Patch of Dubuque, Iowa, knows firsthand that it only can take the misuse of three prescription pills to take your childs life. Patch was the guardian of her niece, Vanessa, who died in 2007 of an accidental overdose of prescribed medicinestwo antidepressants and one painkiller.

Since Vanessas death, teen prescription abuse has been on the rise. According to PATS, one in four American teens reported having misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime, which is a 33 percent increase from 2008 to 2012. Iowa has had one of the lowest self-reported rates of prescription drug misuse in the pastwith only 6 percent of Iowa 11th graders reporting to have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 Iowa Youth Survey.

Although teen self-reporting is lower in our state, other indicators are showing a steep rate of increase of prescription drug misuse and abuseand this has us very concerned, said Steve Lukan, director, Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy. During the last decade, the number of Iowans age 12 or older treated for prescription pain reliever abuse has increased more than 250 percent, and overdoses due to pain medicines have increased 1,200 percent.

Taryn Erbes, a 17-year-old Kennedy High School student, was a good student, involved in extracurricular activities like track and wrestling. She was introduced to prescription pain relievers, including the opiate Oxycontin, and the tranquilizer Xanax, at a local Pharm Party, where kids bring prescription medicines (often their own meds or meds stolen from a parent), mix them in a bowl and take a variety of unknown medicines to get high. Erbes is currently in Area Substance Abuse Councils (ASAC) inpatient recovery program in Cedar Rapids for prescription drug abuse.

Parents need to be aware of the most commonly abused medicines to protect their teens from medicine misuse and abuse. In addition to prescription pain relievers and tranquilizers, prescriptions to monitor carefully include stimulants used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall and Ritalin. According to Lukan, college students are more apt to misuse ADHD medicines in an effort to perform better on exams, while tweens are more apt to abuse Dextromethorphan, a cough-suppressant ingredient found in many OTC cold medicines.

An indicator Iowans are more aware of the risks of prescription drugs is the volume of prescription drugs subject to abuse collected through the Iowa Take-Back initiative, which includes biannual prescription drug drop-off events. Iowans returned nearly 8,000 pounds of unused or expired drugs during the April 2013 event, versus roughly 5,000 pounds for the September 2012 event. The next series of community Take Back events is scheduled for October 26.

Iowa parents are encouraged to not only talk to their own teens about proper medicine use, but also prevent more cases of teen medicine misuse by properly securing and disposing of medicines. For proper disposal at home, ODCP recommends removing identifying labels and mixing prescriptions with used kitty litter or coffee grounds in a plastic bag, sealing the bag and placing it in household trash.

The ISAIC public education program includes mass-media public service announcements and digital strategies targeting parents, including social media and email campaigns and a new website, IowaMedicineTLC.org, complete with resources and tools. Funding for this project is from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS CFDA #16.710, Grant #2009CKWX0379).

ISAIC is a Cedar Rapids Public Library program funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health. ISAIC, a member of Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists, provides individuals and organizations with educational tools to aid in the prevention and recovery of substance abuse. The Governors Office of Drug Control Policy improves the health and safety of all Iowans by promoting strategic and collaborative approaches to reduce drug use and related crime. To learn more about the Iowa Medicine TLC public education program, visit IowaMedicineTLC.org or call 866-242-4111.