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Teen Kids News (Episode 1429)

22 minutes

(Describer) In computer animation, different news scenes in rectangles move fast around a turning globe.

(Describer) In front of a blue background with a triangle and circle, title: Teen Kids News. A girl sits at a desk with monitors behind her.

You are watching "Teen Kids News." I'm Livia. Here is this week's top story.

(Describer) The Teen Kids News logo is on curved screens that form a turning cylinder. Passing around it, title: Top Story.

(female announcer) This report is brought to you by the Council on Addiction Prevention & Education.

(Describer) A line of school buses pulls into a parking lot, and young people step down from them.

(female reporter) Busloads of students from four school districts arrived at New York's Dutchess Stadium for a special event.

(Describer) Marie Dynes:

We will have 1400 students here, learning about healthy lifestyles and about avoiding substance abuse, which is important these days.

(Describer) They enter the stadium.

(reporter) This youth rally was sponsored by the Southern Dutchess Community Coalition and the non-profit agency called CAPE.

(Describer) Steve Walko:

CAPE stands for the Council on Addiction Prevention & Education of Dutchess County.

(Describer) Different booths stand around the field.

(female) We're here because our class is learning about how bad drug addiction is and how to help ourselves and others.

(Describer) Brynna Trumpetto:

(female) The eighth to ninth grade transition year is a high-risk year, when high-risk behaviors and decisions happen.

(Describer) Jeff Palazzolo:

(male) Make them aware of the risks going into high school. Help them make good decisions. There's a lot of peer pressure towards the other way.

(reporter) Set up on the field were many exhibits manned by vendors. They weren't selling anything. They were giving free information.

(Describer) A woman says, “kids see a lot of smoking, we think they’re three times more likely to smoke.” She takes photos of kids holding up signs with the letter R. Elaine Trumpetto:

(female) So our particular hope today was to have vendors that could spread information about the provider services that are available. But more importantly, to provide a fun venue that is healthy, that focuses on their health and wellness, with a focus on the substance use issue because it is prominent in our county.

(reporter) The students heard leaders like New York State Senator Sue Serino and County Executive Marcus Molinaro. Too many kids in Dutchess County are dying because of drug addiction and the demons of addiction.

(reporter) Substance abuse is not just in Dutchess County. It's a nationwide issue.

(Describer) Meghan Hetfield:

No one is exempt. It's in the inner city and the suburbs. It's literally everywhere.

(Describer) Eleanor Kelly:

Students start with prescription drugs. They have access to their grandparents' and their parents' medicine cabinets.

(Describer) Jon Cassidy:

(Describer) Eleanore Reilly:

It's become a social thing to have these prescription drug parties. And that is escalating the problem. There is OxyContin, codeine, other opioids that introduce them to heavier drugs later.

(reporter) Besides these gateway drugs, let's not forget there is also alcohol and tobacco.

(Describer) Diane Moore:

(female) Most people know that cigarettes, tobacco, is bad. What they don't realize is that e-cigarettes are derived from tobacco. They contain nicotine and cancer-causing agents that in a few years, we'll start seeing things-- health effects from those too. They are not a healthy alternative.

(Describer) Katie:

When "Teen Kids News" continues, we'll show how music spreads the word to "Refuse to Use." We'll be right back.

(Describer) A young woman performs at the event.

♪ I am in denial ♪

♪ It's not as deep as you think ♪♪

(Describer) Title: Teen Kids News.

We're continuing our report on New York's youth rally to alert teens to the dangers of drug abuse.

(Describer) In a baseball stadium, hundreds of kids are gathered, getting flyers and other information from booths. A vendor puts tennis balls in a basket. Margaret Hirst:

(female) Part of our Dutchess County Prevention Program is to participate in community coalitions such as we're having here today.

(Describer) On a stage...

Now we will get to your musical entertainment, but first, a personal story from the band manager, and we want to give thanks to Big Mountain Entertainment and Dwaine Harris and his band for joining us here today.

(reporter) Dwaine had a personal story to share with the students. When I was your age and my parents waved goodbye to me every day before I went off to school, they didn't say, "I can't wait for Dwaine to grow up to be a drug addict and an alcoholic." But yet and still, that's what I became. I know you are waiting to hear the music, but I truly hope that you hear me. Have no use for substance abuse. It's my honor to talk to the kids about doing drugs, how it can affect their life and how it will stop all their dreams from coming true. My name is Dwaine Harris and I'm a drug addict and alcoholic. Thank you.


Well, it was touching in how it helped many kids here who may have done drugs or thinking about it, to help them stop or don't do it.

(reporter) A young singer and songwriter, Ayanna Martine, was next to take the stage. I haven't really had a problem with substance abuse, but I have a lot of close people that I hold dear to my heart that struggle with it. So I wrote these songs for them. This one is called "Stuck on Repeat."

♪ Do you really want to be the one to say ♪

♪ Kid, don't end up like me ♪

♪ Don't end up like me ♪

(Describer) Many kids dance.

♪ You never thought that it would take over your life ♪

♪ But now you're begging for a fix ♪♪

(female) I liked her music. It had meaning and I like music with meaning. It was cool how she wrote about her own experiences.

(Describer) Martine:

I got approached by some people who said my music touched them. It gave them some insight, so I'm proud of that.

(reporter) In keeping with the spirit of making the day educational and fun, the music kept coming. Give it up for Six Stories Told. Make some noise!

(Describer) Three guys and a young woman perform.

(male) Hands up, everybody.

♪ Hey ♪

♪ Oooh I love your motion ♪

♪ When you say my name ♪

♪ I can't take the commotion ♪

♪ But I love ♪♪

We are Six Stories Told. I'm Joanna DeRosa, the singer. I'm Tyler McDermott, the drummer. I'm Adam Peters, the bass player.

(Joanna DeRosa) We come to rallies all over to tell people that substance abuse is an epidemic and it needs to stop. We played a set to get the message across. Did it work? Yeah, the kids were responsive and had a great time.

(Tyler McDermott) We got the message across well. It's hard to reach out to kids about this topic because they're like, "I've been told. This isn't what I want to hear." We hope by bringing music to it, it keeps it young and fresh. It's important and it can be fun too. Tell your friends there's no use for it. We bring kids together to talk about this big issue. Not in a serious way, but in a fun way. It is different to get out there and do stuff and learn doing it. It is cool.

(reporter) Rally organizers wanted the students to leave with their heads held high so they flew a special sign overhead. But there was another inspiration in store.

(Describer) Elaine:

There's research out there that points to the fact if you write things down, you are more inclined to meet your goals. We couldn't have 1200 kids writing down their wish, so we made a substitute.

(female) Three, two, one. Let them go.

(Describer) Green and white balloons are released.

(Elaine Trumpetto) That was the purpose of the balloon release, so they could think about it with good karma. It's a good event. It will get the message out to help people not do drugs and get help.

(reporter) That message is quite simple.

(Describer) Luisah Rigaud:

No use for substance abuse. Refuse to use.

(reporter) For "Teen Kids News," I'm Katie.

(Describer) Livia:

It's time for another important message brought to you by The National Road Safety Foundation.

(Describer) Girls play basketball.

(female) On the court, you want to crowd your opponent. It's called setting a screen. But on the road, crowding is dangerous.

(male) It is called tailgating.

(Describer) Boys play football.

(female) In football, you want to take advantage of blind spots.

(Describer) tackle a quarterback.

But when driving, don't be blindsided by blind spots.

(male) So before changing lanes--

(female) Check that no one's in your blind spot. Always share the road.

(male) This is a message from NRSF and SADD. If you took first aid training, you may know CPR. I'll tell you about a different type of CPR when "Teen Kids News" continues.

(Describer) Livia:

When someone is in medical distress, they might need CPR, but as Eden reports, there is another type of CPR many of us could use. That's right. You can call it emotional CPR. It's a system of techniques we can use when we're feeling upset or tense. To tell us more about this is author and educator, Diana Thompson. Just to be clear, Diana, there are a number of programs called emotional CPR. What makes yours different? Other programs are designed to help you to change the emotion, to go from being frustrated to being relaxed. I take a different approach. I believe emotions are energy. They are energy in motion. When you capture that energy, you can direct it where you want it. My technique is for young people to help direct that energy to solve problems like taking a test or working through a challenge with a friend. What are the signs that someone needs emotional CPR? When someone needs medical CPR, there are three things that happen. Their breathing changes, their heart rate changes, and they lose consciousness or they pass out. It looks like they are asleep. It is the same three clues that you need emotional CPR. There is a change in your heartbeat, and a change in your breathing. If you're angry, your breath comes fast. If you're afraid, you might hold your breath. So it's your heartbeat, your breathing, and finally, your thinking. You'll realize that you feel confused, that you are not clear and focused. So if we have one or more of those responses, how does your emotional CPR work? There are three steps. The first is to feel the energy in your body because that emotion is just energy. It is there to help you. Most of the time, we try to resist it. But when you feel it, you can capture that emotion. Feel the butterflies in your stomach. Feel the tightness in your shoulder. Feel your heart pounding. It is there to help you. Second, is your breathing. You'll notice if you're angry your breathing will come very fast. If you are afraid, you'll hold your breath. That's a problem, because when your breathing changes, it affects the chemicals in your body and brain. You want to get in charge of your breathing. To do that, you take a breath in, hold it for 3 seconds, and you let it out on a count of 10. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. If you do that two or three times, you'll be in control of your breathing. Finally, take charge of your thinking process because you want to reactivate your thinking and your focus. Look at the things around you and focus on something completely different than the problem. Focus on the color of the wall, what someone is wearing, the temperature in the room. When you reactivate your thinking, then you can turn and shift that focus back on the problem. Ask yourself what's the problem and how can I use this energy to help me solve it? So when you say, "Reactivate," it sounds like rebooting, like when we have a problem with our computer, we can reboot. Is that what you're talking about? That's exactly it. You want to turn your attention to something different and then come back. It's a lot like rebooting a computer. Interesting. In addition to being an educator and an author, you're also an actress. How did your work in theater help you create emotional CPR? Most people study emotions in textbooks, in clinics, or by studying other people. But as a performer, I had the opportunity to study emotions from the inside out. As an actress, I've studied the emotions of the characters I've played and I've dealt with my own stage fright and emotional experiences in performing. How did you overcome your stage fright? The very technique I'm talking about now: emotional CPR. Thank you, Diana, for speaking with us. Thank you. There's a saying that you shouldn't let your emotions get the better of you. Knowing how to take control of emotions can help you be a better you. For "Teen Kids News," I'm Eden.

(Describer) A viewer email says, “Long time fan!” Signed Eugene.

When "Teen Kids News" continues, I'll have fascinating facts about another state flag. We'll be right back.

(Describer) Livia:

Christin's back with another "Make the Grade" report.

(Describer) At a desk, Christin types at a laptop, then turns.

It seems like we were born knowing how to type, whether it's writing on a computer or texting. But that doesn't mean you should let your handwriting slide. You need to write legibly when taking notes. That goes for the essays and tests you take in class. If your teacher can't read your writing, what could have been an A may end up being worse. A handwritten thank you for a special occasion is classy and more memorable than an email or text. Take some time each week to brush up your handwriting skills. It's the right way to go. I'm Christin, here to help you make the grade. Fifty U.S. states, fifty state flags, each one with its own unique history. Here's Eric with "Flag Facts."

(Describer) Different flags flash by, with various colors and seals. A couple dozen are shown together, then appear in the word “flag”. Title: Flag Facts. It’s on a flag.

The design of this state flag is based on the beliefs of a Native American tribe called the Zia.

(Describer) Randy Howe:

It's simply two colors. The red and gold is a reference to Queen Isabella of Spain who sponsored the exploration of the New World. The middle symbol is a Zia sun symbol, found in an archeological dig on a jar. What was important to the Zia was the number four. Four lines face in four different directions. Four was not just important for the four directions. They believed in the power of the four seasons. They felt that there were four aspects of life like purity and sound mind and other positive attributes.

(Eric) The flag's bold simplicity helped it win first place in a competition of America's 50 state flags. For "Flag Facts," I'm Eric.

(Describer) In a kitchen...

They're tiny foods with big health benefits and I've got a tasty recipe when "Teen Kids News" continues. Be right back.

(Describer) Livia:

If you like to cook, this next story is for you. Here is another great recipe from the Culinary Institute of America.

(Describer) Gene’e:

These little guys are tiny powerhouses. Berries are nutritious. They help fight heart disease and cancer. They help you lose weight. I want to show you one of my favorite recipes, a mixed berry bowl. We will start with frozen bananas.

(Describer) One cut-up.

I have frozen berries, just mixed berries here. I have a date. It's good as a natural sweetener. I also have almond milk. These will be my garnishes for my mixed berry bowl. I have shredded coconut. I have dried strawberries. I have honey, chia seeds, and I have fresh blueberries. I have granola and fresh cut bananas. So first we are going to put our frozen ingredients into the blender here.

(Describer) She puts the mixed berries into the blender, then the frozen banana.

Almond milk and our date.

(Describer) A cup.

(Describer) Pitted. She puts on the lid.

So you want to start on a very low speed with this. As it starts blending, you can increase the speed. So as you can see, the berries are having difficulty blending. You want to add more almond milk to help the blender and help it get that nice consistency. All right, so that is what I'm about to do right now.

(Describer) She lifts the lid and pours in a little more, then closes it again.

All right, and then you continue.

[blending churning]

(Describer) More of the berries start to break down, so she turns up the speed.

You want to continue blending until there's no lumps, you have a nice consistency. Perfect, and we are all ready.

(Describer) She takes off the lid.

We are going to go straight into our bowl. I have a frosted bowl. I had this in the freezer-- helps keep your smoothie cold.

(Describer) With a rubber spatula, she moves the mixture into the bowl. It’s the texture of a smoothie, only thicker. She makes sure to reach around the blades to get out anything sticking on them.

All right, and this is a beautiful color.

(Describer) A dark raspberry red.

Next we are going to garnish our bowl. I have some of my favorite garnishes. You can use garnishes that you like, your favorite toppings that you put on your smoothie or your desserts. So I have fresh sliced bananas that I'm adding on first.

(Describer) She puts three slices on top.

I have granola.

(Describer) She puts on a couple teaspoons of it.

Add a little crunch to my smoothie bowl. And shredded coconut.

(Describer) She adds a couple teaspoons of that too.

I have dried strawberries. This just adds a nice, different consistency and texture to your smoothie bowl.

(Describer) She puts on a few of the shriveled-up strawberries.

Fresh blueberries.

(Describer) She adds a few of them.

And chia seeds, which are a really good superfood.

(Describer) She puts on a spoonful of the tiny dark seeds.

Beautiful. Lastly, I'm going to drizzle it with a little bit of honey.

(Describer) She gets a teaspoonful and drizzles it over the top.

Perfect. Now my favorite part. We are ready to try it.

(Describer) She gets another spoon and eats.

Mmm, give my mixed berry bowl a try. I'm sure you'll be "berry" happy you did. At the Culinary Institute of America, for "Teen Kids News," I'm Gene'e.

(Describer) Livia:

Yum, that looks delicious. Can't wait to make it. That's it for now. "Teen Kids News" will be back next week. See you then.

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In this episode, the crew visits a youth rally in Dutchess County, NY. The rally promotes healthy choices and warns against the risks of substance abuse. Author Diana Thompson discusses the benefits of "Emotional CPR" in helping students use emotions to solve problems. Other segments include the history of New Mexico's flag and a recipe for a mixed berry bowl. Part of the "Teen Kids News" series.

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