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When thunder roars, Go Indoors

As we head into summer, lighting awareness becomes ever more important.

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of injuries and fatalities are not caused by a direct lightning strike, but by ground current and side flash events.

A second myth is that tree cover offers a safe place to shelter during a thunderstorm. The leaves of the tree may keep you dry for a short while, but your chances of being struck by lightning increase dramatically as you could be struck by side flashes from the trunk or ground current after the tree is struck. Twenty percent of lightning deaths occur from people sheltering under a tree or in an open gazebo. Sheltering under a tree is not safe!

Another wrongly held myth is that the rubber on the tires of a car or wearing rubber boots provides protection from lightning. In fact, it is the metal shell of a vehicle that provides a pathway for lightning to flow around and over the vehicle before entering the ground. This is know as Faraday cage. Rubber boots will not protect you.

A final misconception is that there is no danger from lighting if it is not raining. This is not true. Statistics show that two-thirds of damaging lightning strikes occur when the storms is not directly above the victim-but is approaching or has just passed by.

When planning outdoor activities this summer, it is important to listen to weather forecasts, weather alerts and to keep an eye on the sky as weather conditions change quickly.

Tips For Healthy Dating

Consider these tips before you head out.

  • Meet in public places for the first few dates
  • Never meet someone you've met online in a private place
  • Only accept blind date recommendations from someone who knows both you and your date
  • If you have a cell phone, make sure that it is charged
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you will return
  • Double date or ask a friend to join
  • Never leave your drink unattended
  • Make arrangements for someone to pick you up
  • Don't be afraid to say NO 


School is beginning shortly! Here are some tips to help deal with stress:

  • Learn how to relax by training your body and mind to unwind through deep breathing, muscle relaxation, yoga, or any relaxing activity that you enjoy.
  • Get moving regularly whether it's a stroll at lunch or a yoga session after school. Exercise improves mental and physical functions and is a natural mood lifter!
  • Fire your inner critic and empower yourself by overcoming feelings of helplessness. Replace thoughts of "This is impossible!" with "I can do this!"
  • Brush up on nutrition and replace bad eating habits with good ones. It'll improve your energy level and your ability to handle stress.
  • Accept change and acknowledge the possibility that your day may not unfold as you imagined.
  • Reach out to the people you feel close to. Talking about your thoughts and feelings can help to ease stressful situations.
  • Find the funny side of life and learn to laugh at yourself and with others. Laughing is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to reduce stress.



Mindfulness as it is taught in educational and health contexts, is a practice of being attentiveaware and present to one's sensations and thoughts, in the moment. Mindfulness can be a formal practice such as yoga, meditation, or even watching a video or using an app to help guide you through your practice. 

Mindfulness has benefits that can help you, such as:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve memory and concentration
  • Lessen emotional reactivity
  • Increase empathy


Clean Spaces make for happy faces

Did you know urban places that include healthy green spaces make for happier, healthier environments. Studies show that not only are people more likely to enjoy communities that are nicely landscaped, they are also more likely to be physically active and feel safe. Some other benefits of healthy green spaces in urban environments include increased community pride, maintaining biodiversity by providing food and habitat for wildlife.