Zucchini Butter Recipe courtesy of Newark Food Markets and Delawonderful

Plus, Medical Society’s of Delaware’s Obvious Campaign, The Great Exercise Chart & Get Healthy, Delaware Events


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The Obvious Campaign

As a teenager in the ’80s, I remember laughing at the Just Say No anti-drug campaign. I remember thinking it was rude and that they should be teaching us Just Say No Thank You. I didn’t take the campaign very seriously, because even then I knew how hard it was for some people to just say no. There’s a whole set of behaviors that have to emerge before one just says no and those behaviors have to start with saying yes to difficult conversations.

The Medical Society of Delaware has launched an educational campaign for kids that focuses on seven “obvious” critical issues that affect young Delawareans and families:

Intelligent Decisions
Opioid Use
Underage Drinking

This initiative, titled “The OBVIOUS Campaign” encompasses teen, parent, and healthcare professional education presentations to the community and schools by experts on each of these focus issues. With such sensitive topics, these talks address questions such as: Where should the conversations begin? How should they be handled? Who should be doing the talking and who needs to do the listening?

“The Medical Society of Delaware wants to provide this important resource,” says Mark Thompson, external affairs officer for the society. “The goal is to increase the dialog on seven critical issues and make people aware, regardless of upstate or downstate, on the issues that affect youth today.”

The OBVIOUS Campaign, a brain trust of the society’s president, Dr. Steven Kushner, is being supported by additional community events in September such as a 5K and health fair. This fall, lectures will feature topics such as making wiser choices and facts about vaccinations.

Primary care physicians and mental health professionals are joining in Delaware to follow up on the “Just Say No” campaign of the ’80s. This time, it’s more like Just Say Now—the sooner we start talking about the issues, the better we can help cope with them. It seems so obvious.

More from this edition of Get Healthy, Delaware!:
Zucchini Butter RecipeMedical Society of Delaware’s Obvious CampaignThe Great Exercise Chart & Health Events

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