Did You Know … Outdoors


Spending time outdoors has many health benefits, including a healthier immune system.

If you aren’t getting out, you’re missing out.

Really missing out.

It’s easy to discuss all the sights there are to behold when venturing away from the addictive quality of electronic devices. But there are many reasons for an individual to cut the cord and suffer from periodic symptoms of EDSA, or Electronic Device Separation Anxiety.

Forgive the acronym, but it was fun to make it up.

Truth is, dependency on electronic devices continues to rise and fewer children are venturing outdoors. Games of kick the can or tag appear to have gone the way of the dinosaur.

This seems to be in contrast to the theory of Harvard biologist Edward Wilson that humans are drawn to their natural surroundings. Today, however, children suffer from nature deficit disorder and many believe diminishing time spent outdoors denies youths an opportunity to grow.

Frightening stories on the news may lead some to believe being indoors is safer than out, but there’s no proof to suggest this is true. In fact, the benefits far outweigh the possibility of a skinned knee or twisted ankle.

There’s no set of rules for how a child can interact with nature, giving them the power to establish their own guidelines, which helps build confidence. In addition, when a child is outdoors, creativity grows as they figure things out on their own.

The level of stimulation for the brain when outdoors far exceeds what a child can attain playing a video game. This may seem in stark contrast to the mayhem in many video games, but the sights, sounds, and smells in nature send the brain into overdrive because all the senses are engaged.

As for overall health, spending time in the great outdoors requires movement and gets the blood pumping, which improves overall cardiac fitness.

Stress is also reduced when outdoors. In a 2009 study, stress at home was reduced after just a short walk.

But those are the obvious benefits.


Particulates in forested areas help boost the human immune system.

Studies by the Environmental Protection Agency indicate many air pollutants are worse indoors than outdoors, so isolating a child with asthma or allergies may not be in their best interest.

Consider the ash from a fireplace in the winter, not to mention chemicals in cleaning supplies and furniture, as well as dirt, mold, and pet dander.

Ever been told by mom not to sit so close to the television because it’s not good for your eyes? She may have been on to something. The natural setting is much easier on the eyes and those who spend more time outdoors are less likely to suffer from nearsightedness.

And that doesn’t include the benefits of vitamin D, which is provided naturally by the sun. However, the amount of time humans spend inside means they aren’t getting enough of the naturally occurring nutrient.

Low vitamin D is viewed as a pandemic in the United States with one study indicating up to 75 percent of Americans not getting enough.

Yet it’s free if we just take the time to get up and get out.

Low levels of the vitamin is associated with a number of diseases, including heart problems, Alzheimer’s, depression, and there is some preliminary research tying the condition to autism.

Still not enough to get you up and out? It is cold and flu season and being outdoors boosts the immune system. Turns out the natural particles in forested areas improve your ability to fight off disease.

If that’s still not enough, how about simply feeling happy?

Getting outdoors improves the level of serotonin in the brain, which is the chemical reaction that makes people feel good, and the level of serotonin is tied to the amount of sun we get.

And this holds true regardless of the season.

Happy trails.

If you didn’t know, now you do.

Did You Know … Talking

Benjamin Franklin once said: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Franklin certainly did not suffer from Glossophobia, a condition parents need to conquer if they’re going to successfully communicate with their children: it’s the fear of speaking or public speaking.

Why be afraid? After all, talking’s been around for a long time … a really long time. Many place the origins of speech as far back as 350,000 years. After that length of time, human speech should be second nature.

So, why do many find it a struggle to successfully communicate with others, including friends and family?

It often feels as if the days of family dinners, writing long letters, and spending time telling stories are a thing of the past as non-verbal text messaging takes center stage. However, questions or comments made in X number of characters can be quite cryptic in meaning and open to grand interpretation.

But, when it comes to drugs and alcohol, there can be no misinterpretation, and it’s not as easy as one might think.

In the end, however, success has many benefits, including improved listening skills.

Yes, listening is an integral part of talking.

It is important to talk about drug abuse and misuse

Talking is how we communicate, listening is how we learn.

Confused? Well, nobody can effectively communicate if there isn’t someone on the receiving end. It’s also important to remember that hearing and listening is not the same thing; hearing simply happens, but listening is a choice.

Talking allows for conversation with immediate feedback, eye contact, and visible body language. How many times has a post on Twitter or Facebook been taken seriously when it was meant to be a joke? Ever made someone feel insulted with a post when it wasn’t the intent?

The same issues rarely occur when speaking face-to-face, which is not surprising considering humans learn to speak long before they read or write.

The act of talking is known to build a bond between parent and child and improves self-esteem. However, it needs to take place at an early age and must happen often. Talking helps prepare children for entering school, improves reading and writing skills, and builds a better vocabulary.

This isn’t about using a smiley or frowny face to express happiness or disgust. It’s about talking.

Although a majority of parents in a 2015 survey admitted to using electronic devices to communicate, over half them had concerns about technology and how it was affecting communication with their children.

Start by putting down these devices, listen, and allow a child to finish talking. Turns out our youth aren’t supposed to be seen and not heard.

In addition, don’t pick and choose. Be willing to listen to the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. After they are done, ask them to expand, or pull the old psychiatrist trick and ask: “how does that make you feel.” Bottom line is to interact and take an honest interest in what kids have to say, but avoid being critical.

Use the three T’s to remember: tune in, take turns, and talk more.

If you didn’t know, now you do.

Did you know – marijuana

Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the Cannabis plant. The leaves of the plant are quite distinctive and have been portrayed in many messages – from bumper stickers and drawings to artwork on the sides of vehicles or buildings.

The drug has been the subject of debate for over a century. In 1906, some labeled the plant as poisonous and state restrictions began emerging in the 1920’s followed by the first national regulation in 1937.

The debate about the regulations has reached as high as the United States Supreme Court, which ruled the federal government had the right to regulate the drug.

Today, a number of states have decriminalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes and a few permit its use recreationally.

Although there has been research and information distributed about the potential benefits of the drug, only in recent years have scientists started looking at potential side effects and dangers.

New studies, despite claims that it is not addictive, indicate it is associated with the criteria for substance dependence.

THC, the acronym for Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical compound in cannabis that brings on the “high,” and its use has often been seen as a safe alternative to other recreational drugs with few side effects.

However, in a story in Live Science, a study of more than 38,600 samples of plants seized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration found that levels of THC are on the rise.

And, at over 300 percent, that rise is significant.

The argument that the use of marijuana has health benefits isn’t entirely accurate, either.

While the levels of THC have risen, the beneficial ingredient, known as CBD (cannabidiol), has been in a steady fall, sliced almost in half in the past 15 years.

Its legalization in some states doesn’t come with a sticker stating the product is “safe” or “harmless.” Consider tobacco products and alcohol, both of which have warnings associated with them, such as “drink responsibly,” “don’t drink and drive,” and the surgeon general’s warning on cigarette boxes.

Marijuana can increase heart rate and blood pressure, an indication some individuals can be more susceptible to heart attacks and is known to increase the risk of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.

These facts were cause for concern at a hospital when an increase in infants testing positive for marijuana was noted. That would be a concern to the parents considering social services could have gotten involved.

Turned out it was a false positive, the result of soap formulas. There was no marijuana in the soap; it was just a matter of how the ingredients worked together.

As legalization gains a head of steam, researchers are looking at the potential side effects of marijuana, not just on the human body, but the landscape.

Ilegal marijuana grows can be detrimental to the environment.

Marijuana grows like this one south of Wikieup, Arizona, can be an environmental disaster due to large quantities of fertilizer and poisons.

Grows, legal and illegal, are far from beneficial to the environment. The amount of energy used for indoor grows is massive and the illegal grows on public lands that often garner front-page headlines are detrimental to the land, water, and wildlife.

And it does hit closer to home than some may believe. Illegal grows are often found on public land, and there’s a lot more public land in the west than anywhere else in the nation.

In 2012, 12,556 illegal marijuana plants were seized and destroyed just south of Wikieup, Arizona along the Big Sandy. Large amounts of fertilizer and poisons were used at the site. Carcasses of poached wildlife were found, and the poisons used to kill rodents can result in the death of raptors and other animals that consume the poisoned creatures.

Grows consume a lot of potential wildlife habitat, need to use a lot of a limited water supply and large amounts of fertilizers are not good when it filters into drinking water.

How much land can be consumed? Consider the amount of habitat lost following the largest drug seizure on record: 6.4 million pounds.

For those wishing to learn more, visit only reputable websites, not those that simply confirm existing beliefs.

If you didn’t know, now you do.

Havasu Mall Halloween Event

What fun on Friday afternoon. The Havasu Mall hosted a halloween event. Mostly for fun, but folks were on hand to answer any questions and handed out informational bags along with candy and other goodies. Take a look to see some of the costumes floating around in 2017. Visit and Like us on Facebook for entertaining and educational information.

Question, Persuade, Refer & CPR/1st Aid/AED Certification

We are excited to announce an addition to our Professional Training Series.

Question, Persuade, Refer & CPR/1st Aid/AED Certification
Monday, May 8, 2017
1:00 to 4:45 pm

As you share the attached flyer with friends, families and colleagues, please remind them of our purpose: a safe, drug-free Lake Havasu City.

Also – please mark your calendar and invite a friend to the YADAH meeting that Monday. We will begin at 5:00 pm. We will have a guest speaker – a former EMT – who will talk about early response and early warning signals for youth risky behavior.

Thank you for your service to the youth and families in Lake Havasu City!

Flyer Download: Question. Persuade. Refer. CPR Training (PDF download)

Question. Persuade. Refer. CPR Training


The number of people who have died from heroin overdoses has risen 10 fold in just over a decade. Most of those individuals got their start using prescription opioid medications.


Upcoming Leadership Workshop & Updates

Leadership Workshop
I am excited to report we plan to hold the required Leadership Workshop this coming Saturday – 02/11 from 9 to 3. At this time we have ten confirmed attendees. We have room for up to 20. Is there anyone who you want me to invite? Is there anyone outside of the coalition that we should include, even at this late date? Please call me at 928 565 0160 cell / text.

Lunch will be provided by Lin’s Little China (Thank You!! Michele and family).

I am pleased to report that our DFC-Me Report is substantially complete. We also received approval for the Arizona Youth Survey-16 questions by the DFC Evaluators.

The mall installed the remaining baseboards last week.

We have a volunteer who has been re-sanding and re-painting the walls! I think it looks great!

We have successfully posted a request for funds with Walmart Foundation and The Safeway Foundation. We have been provided a verbal ‘yes’ from the LHC-Walmart store manager; he wants to support our upcoming Youth Summer Series. We are hopeful the local Albertson’s will support the expansion of our youth leadership skills building.

We will be hosting the following groups in our facility:
Wednesday, 02/15 – Arizona Children’s Association will be using our facility to conduct a staff training from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Thursday, 02/16 – Veteran’s United will be using our facility for a community meeting from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Thursday, 02/16 – Arizona Children’s Association will be using our facility to provide respite care and fun activities to local foster children from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Thursday, 02/23 – Leadership Havasu will be using our facility to hold their annual meeting and training from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Trainings – please review the attached lists of upcoming trainings and presentations and share with your networks.

Finally, again – thank you for all that you do to make Lake Havasu City safe for our youth and families!

Tammany McDaniel
Director of Community Initiatives
Arizona Youth Partnership
1902 Pacific Ave
Kingman, Az 86401

Download PDF Flyer: https://yadahlhc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/February-14-through-April-11-2017.pdf

Professional Trainings, Workshops, and Presentations

Download PDF Flyer: https://yadahlhc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/AdolescentCopingWithStressFlyer2017.pdf

Adolescent - Coping with STRESS

Leadership Workshop – February 11th

Good afternoon,
As many of you are aware, we have a grant requirement to hold a leadership retreat or workshop this February. Coalition leadership has been handing out invitation letters and cards. If you have not been personally contacted, please let me make amends – I will call you and deliver an invitation! YOU are important to our success in Years 4 and 5 of this funding.

Our goal is to have 10 adults and at least 5 youth attend this dynamic leadership event; we can host up to 22 in comfort. Our morning will be a time to get to know one-another and learn how we communicate. We will have lunch brought in (Schlotzsky’s or Lin’s Little China). The afternoon will be a time to focus on crafting a new Mission and Vision for the Young Adult Development Association of Havasu (YADAH).

I’d like to invite those of you planning to attend to e-mail me with the number of people you will be bringing on Saturday, 02/11.

Thank you for your service to the youth of Lake Havasu City and thank you for committing a Saturday to fulfill a grant requirement. We appreciate your time.

Coalition Meeting and Announcements – February

Please mark your calendar for our Monday, February 13, 2017 Coalition Meeting. Also, please invite a friend or colleague.

POSTPONED – Digital Story Telling / Script Writing / 02/4/17 (this Saturday)
We have 0 (zero) youth sign-ups for this event. When we hold our 02/13 meeting, I will have the youth review their calendars and determine their 2-best dates. I will then speak with the script writer to see if there is a match for holding this at a later date. I will ask the youth if it would be feasible to do one after school or if we will keep it on a weekend.

Arizona Youth Survey – 2016 / LHC Zip Codes
We received the AYS16 for Lake Havasu City Zip Codes. We are in the process of printing the pages and compiling a report for your review. Look for this as an agenda item in March.

To date, we have only received 1 (one) RSVP for our mandatory Leadership Training Workshop on Saturday, 02/11/17. This is a grant deliverable. We welcome your RSVP’s OR suggestions on how to accomplish this task. We are required to bring together at least 10 coalition members and some of our youth. HELP? ADVICE?

I hope to receive your thoughts and see you at the 02/13 meeting. Thank you for your service to youth in Lake Havasu City.

Download PDF File of Agenda: https://yadahlhc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/YADAH-021317-Agenda.pdf

YADAH 02-13-2017 Agenda