Cumberland, North Smithfield & Lincoln Prevention Coalitions

Communicating with you, so together, we can promote a safe and healthy drug free environment.

January 2019

And just like "THAT"...the first month of the new year is a wrap! The holidays are officially packed away for another year, and it is time to get back to work! New Year's Resolutions have either been forgotten or perhaps now become habit. We look forward to 2019 with hope, optimism and above all, gratitude! Our mission becomes all the more obtainable because of the tremendous support we receive from our communities!

“Without Valentine's Day, February would be... well, January." ~Jim Gaffigan

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Are Winter "Blues" getting the best of you?

When your mood is falling as fast as the thermometer, these small lifestyle changes may help boost your spirits.

If you’re starting to feel like nothing but a very full, very strong pot of coffee will get you out of bed, join the club. Holiday bills are high, temperatures are low, and the days are way too short. Here, scientifically proven ways to lift your spirits and ease the mid-winter doldrums.

1. Make your environment brighter.
When your body is craving more daylight, sitting next to an artificial light—also called a light box—for 30 minutes per day can be as effective as antidepressant medication. Opening blinds and curtains, trimming back tree branches, and sitting closer to windows can also help provide an extra dose of sunshine.

2. Eat smarter.
Certain foods, like chocolate, can help to enhance your mood and relieve anxiety. Other foods, like candy and carbohydrates provide temporary feelings of euphoria, but could ultimately increase feelings of anxiety and depression.

3. Simulate dawn.
People with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression that usually begins in late fall or early winter and fades as the weather improves, may feel depressed, irritable, lethargic, and have trouble waking up in the morning—especially when it’s still dark out. Studies show that a dawn simulator, a device that causes the lights in your bedroom to gradually brighten over a set period of time, can serve as an antidepressant and make it easier to get out of bed.

4. Exercise.
A 2005 study from Harvard University suggests walking fast for about 35 minutes a day five times a week or 60 minutes a day three times a week improved symptoms of mild to moderate depression. Exercising under bright lights may be even better for seasonal depression: A preliminary study found that exercise under bright light improved general mental health, social functioning, depressive symptoms, and vitality, while exercise in ordinary light improved vitality only.

5. Turn on the tunes.
In a 2013 study, researchers showed that listening to upbeat or cheery music significantly improved participant’s mood in both the short and long term.

6. Plan a vacation.
Longing for sunnier days at the beach? Research shows that the simple act of planning a vacation causes a significant increase in overall happiness.

7. Help others.
Ladling out soup at the local shelter or volunteering your time can improve mental health and life satisfaction.

8. Get outside.
Talking yourself into taking a walk when the temperatures plummet isn’t easy, but the benefits are big: Spending time outside (even when it’s chilly!) can improve focus, reduce symptoms of SAD, and lower stress levels.

"Spring" into Health! St. James Church Health Fair

Saturday, March 2nd, 9am-3pm

33 Division Street

Lincoln, RI

The Lincoln Prevention Coalition will proudly participating in the St. James Health Fair on March 2nd, 2019 from 9-3pm. Their will be FREE opportunities for all ages! There will be free healthcare screenings and prevention, health and wellness resources and education, as well as local family oriented organizations.

A medication/pill disposal collection for expired/unused medications will also be available, on site by local law enforcement from 10am - 2pm
"Spring" into Health!

Interested in becoming a member of the Cumberland, Lincoln or North Smithfield Prevention Coalition?

Interested in finding out or becoming a member of the Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition? Please join us for our monthly meeting!

(For Lincoln Residents) Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30pm, Lincoln Police Department

(For Cumberland Residents) Tuesday, February 26th at 4:00pm, McCourt Middle School

(For North Smithfield Residents) Thursday, February 28th at 2:00pm, NS High School

Please join us & learn how YOU can be a part of prevention for the community!

Please watch our Facebook page, Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition, for more exciting news!