ITAT Takes Down Tobacco with Affirmations

Our ITAT students are building their confidence and self efficacy with club affirmations! 

As we move into our new initiative of suicide prevention, we need to be well-versed in mental health and self care, as we will be educating our peers and community on these topics. For our June challenge, each ITAT presidency was tasked with creating 3 affirmations for their club to recite each time they meet throughout the school year. Our thoughts and actions shape our beliefs and experience of the world around us, and the way we speak to ourselves can make or break our attitude each day. 

"The word affirmation comes from the Latin affirmare, which means “to strengthen and make steady.” Affirmation statements are affirming that something is true for us. The purpose of positive affirmations is to affirm to ourselves that things are good even if we don’t necessarily feel that way at the time."



Our student spotlight for the month of June is West Lake High School ITAT president and varsity soccer captain, Mattyn Summers 

Mattyn has been the Westlake ITAT president for 2 consecutive years. She was also the varsity girls soccer captain this year, and won the Girls Play of the Year award by scoring the winning goal against West Jordan High School at the first round of the State championship. This allowed her team to continue on to the next round. 

"I have really enjoyed being able to be apart of Itat. Not only have I had the opportunity to educate my peers but I have also been educated on the harmful effects of e-cigarettes and tobacco products. It has also been really fun meeting new people from my area with the many activities we are able to participate in. I am excited to see what else we will do this year to spread awareness."

We are so proud of Mattyn and all of her accomplishments!


                                          Tobacco Facts: 

-Vaping can cause dehydration, nicotine addiction, and mouth and lung diseases!

-E-cigarettes contain acrolein, a herbicide used to kill weeds

-Vaping can aggravate the symptoms of COVID-19

-Vaping can cause fatal lung and respiratory problems

-Using e-cigarettes can increase the users chance of catching cold and flu viruses

Diabetes Facts:

-In 2018, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders were 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed
with diabetes, as compared to the non-Hispanic white population.

-Prevalence of Utah adults with diabetes is especially high for members of the Pacific
Islander in Utah.

-Diabetes is the 7 th  leading cause of death in the United States
-Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease, lower-limb amputations, and
adult-onset blindness.
-Diabetes places an enormous burden on health care resources. Nationally, approximately
$245 billion is spent annually: $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in
indirect medical costs (disability, work loss, and premature death). In Utah, more than a
billion dollars each year is spent on direct and indirect medical costs of diabetes.

                       Corona Virus Update

COVID-19 cases in Utah are rapidly rising! This pandemic is disproportionately impacting our Pacific Islander community. According to the Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition, during the month of June and average of 82 Pacific Islanders were diagnosed with COVID-19 every week, with an average of more than one Pacific Islander hospitalized every day. They are seeking COVID Care Kit donations, which include disinfectant wipes, gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer. They can be contacted at (385)4190305. 

Upcoming Events:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Kick Butts Day/Take Down Tobacco has been cancelled.


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