According to the 2019 Maine KIDS COUNT data, the rate of Maine teens with anxiety is 16.1%, nearly double that of the national average. Finding healthy ways to respond to anxiety is particularly important during these stressful times. [www.mekids.org/site/assets/files/1241/kidscount_2019.pdf, p. 15]
A free online workshop that focuses on stress management, designed by and for teens, is scheduled for April 16, from 6 – 7 p.m.
"#EmpoweringMEandYou – Stress Less" was developed in 2019 by members of the Maine 4-H Healthy Living team selected to attend the annual National 4-H Healthy Living Summit. The 2020 team who presented the workshop at this February's summit will deliver the session for teens ages 13-18, focused on ways to combat and cope with stress.
An additional workshop, developed by the 4-H Agri-Science Team at this year’s National 4-H Agri-Science Summit in January, with a focus on zoonotic diseases — how certain pathogens are passed from animals to humans — and best practices to reduce the spread of infections, is scheduled for this summer.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension:
As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine's land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.
About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant, sea grant and space grant university. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state's only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,561 undergraduate and graduate students who have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees, as well as graduate certificates. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit umaine.edu.