10/05/20: Lee Stiles, the Program Assistant (PA) of Carteret County Empowering Youth and Families Program (EYFP), has recently joined a new program in partnership with the Carteret County Health Department. Wanting to further build a good relationship with their community partner, Lee has connected with the Diabetes Prevention Program led by Alecia Sanders of the CC Health Department. This CDC recognized program is a series of prevention classes taught by a training Lifestyle Coach and held over a period of 12 months. These classes are designed to help teach people with pre-diabetes symptoms how to cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. Enrolling in programs like this teaches skills such as problem solving, healthy coping mechanisms, stress reduction skills, and how to incorporate a healthier diet and moderate physical activity into one’s daily schedule. Lee hopes to not only strengthen his partnership with the CC Health Department through this program but also pick up other skills he can bring back to and share with the families of Carteret County EYFP.
In partnership with the Pender County Health Department, Pender County EYFP is preparing to start programming again for the fall, now entirely in a virtual format. The spring cohort from earlier this year was unable to complete all of the ten sessions before COVID-19 forced everyone home and halted group in-person meetings. So, for the fall season, the families of the spring cohort will be coming back to pick up where they left off with the remaining sessions. For their first meeting, Pender County EYFP will be starting with Session E, via Zoom. Sessions will remain in a virtual format until permission is granted to meet face to face again in Pender County. All of the families and staff are excited to see each other on a regular basis once more.
In New Hanover County, one cohort has remained active since their programming completion in 2019, in spite of the new challenges of the pandemic. The New Hanover County 4-H Empowering Youth and Families Hillcrest Club, as they are known, continues to advocate for substance use prevention in their community even now, and they have recently started a monthly initiative that will lead up to their “kNOw more” community event, once such an event is able to be safely held. Outside of this planned community event, these families kept busy in other ways as well. In September, they personally printed and distributed over 200 opioid prevention awareness flyers around their housing community in order to keep the conversation going about opioid misuse, even when most were only thinking about the pandemic and social distancing. This group of families are a shining example of how to empower their community in tough times, and they are excited to continue their prevention awareness effort in the coming months. New Hanover County EYFP hopes to provide additional information about the “kNOw more” event in the spring!
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