Why Safe Spring Break by hcj


									Why Safe Spring Break?

Spring Break History
Every year thousands of college students participate in some type of spring
break activity whether it is in a tropical climate, a ski trip, or a road trip. Due to the
fact that some students engage in high-risk behaviors during this time period, it is
crucial for peer educators to provide students on campus with information that
will help insure that their spring break will be a success!

The Safe Spring Break Campaign—What Is It?
Safe Spring Break is a great opportunity for you to get your peers ready for all
the fun of spring break while encouraging them to make positive choices for their
own health as well as the safety of their friends. It is a chance for you to do what
peer educators and health and wellness offices do best: being positive and
supportive about healthy decision-making, while at the same time pointing out
some of the real dangers and risks that need to be addressed.

Through the promotion of safe and sober driving, responsible decision-making,
planned strategies for personal safety and avoiding high-risk drinking, we hope to
reduce if not eliminate the number of injuries and deaths among college and
university students during the spring break period. And, since healthy decision-
making such as choosing to drive safe and sober are life skills, your efforts will
save lives long after Spring Break is over.

Although the main focus may be on preventing impaired driving, you will find that
our Safe Spring Break Campaign also includes information and encouragement
on other health issues, such as healthy sexual decision-making, predatory drugs,
and even safe sun protection! We encourage you to add some of these issues to
your educational efforts as well.

Spring Break—A Critical Time for Positive Choices

We love spring break for simple reasons: it is usually fun, usually restful,
sometimes a bit crazy, but always better than the week of tests which precedes
it. Some students road trip to beaches in Florida and Texas, or ski slopes in
Colorado, or even foreign destinations. We want those road trips to be as safe as
possible, which is why we encourage campuses to conduct educational
programs ranging from seatbelt use, to impaired driving prevention, to making
sure fatigue does not set in while students are on the road.

Some students take their vacation in what is often considered a “party”
environment so we want to make sure that we educate about responsible
choices around alcohol, responsible choices about sexual decisions, about
feeling empowered to choose not to drink or be sexually active, and knowing the
risks that come with issues such as impaired driving or predatory drugs.
It is safe to say that for the vast majority of students, spring break is a fun,
positive, healthy break in the school year. It’s a time to rest, relax and enjoy time
with friends. Of course, it is our goal to make sure that is the case for all
students, which is why we conduct this campaign every year. We want to teach
students about some of the key health risk issues and reminding them that they
have the power to make responsible decisions about alcohol, impaired driving
prevention, sexual decision making, personal safety, and sun exposure.

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