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New program launched- “Got a minute, talk to me”

Tama Co. Supporting Kids in Prevention

October 31, 2011
From Linda Rosenberger - RN,CEO/Executive Director, Tama County Public Health & Home Care , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama County Supporting Kids in Prevention -SKIP is launching a new initiative called "Got a minute, talk to me". We will be having ongoing activities throughout the year.

Tama County SKIP (Supporting Kids in Prevention) has partnered with the STC Elementary School in launching a new campaign called Got a Minute -Talk to Me. Statistics are telling us that too many kids are reporting that they don't have someone they feel comfortable talking to about problems or concerns. These same statistics also tell us that when children have regular family conversations, they are less likely to someday use drugs and alcohol and more likely to delay sexual activity.

The campaign emphasizes having conversations with your kids about their feelings, surroundings and what is happening in their lives. Conversations need to be supportive and not just disciplinary, reprimands or lectures. Developing an open line of communication now with your child or grandchild will go a long way towards having a great line of communication with them when they are older.

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Linda Rosenberger
RN,CEO/Executive Director, Tama County Public Health & Home Care

Dan Wilkens, Tama Police Chief, and SKIP coalition member, met with the STC Elementary students on Oct. 14 to kick off the campaign. Rear view mirror hangers with the Got-a- Minute Talk to Me message were distributed to students to take home to their parents. Parents are encouraged to hang this in their vehicle and let it be a reminder to turn off the radio and tune into your child. Being in your vehicle is a great time to have a conversation with your child as there are few distractions. Even if you are in your vehicle for a short time, having a talk with your child will help strengthen your bond.

SKIP is Tama County's community partnership for protecting children. The partnership is comprised of local organizations and businesses whose primary goal is to promote healthy children and families in Tama County. If you have any questions about the SKIP program, please call Linda or Joyce at 641-484-4788.



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