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We are just a few short days away from May and one month closer to the summer.  I have been in the pool pretty much training non-stop for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.  In addition to all the time I’ve been spending in the pool, I have also been working with The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and Ask, Listen, Learn.  As you probably know by now, April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has been working tirelessly to fight underage drinking.

This summer I will be swimming against some of the strongest, fastest, and most talented swimmers in the world.  Swimming at the Paralympic level has required me to live a very healthy lifestyle and has helped me realize that I have to pay close attention to what I put in my body.  I faced some of the very same decisions and peer pressures as kids in middle schools face today.  If I had chosen to go down the path of underage drinking, and eating unhealthy things, I wouldn’t be the athlete that I am today.  Drinking while you are underage robs you of your ability to function at your peak

Parents, kids look for role models everywhere.  Athletes, movie stars, teachers, coaches, but the leading role model in a kid’s life is parents – research has shown over and over that parents are the leading influence when it comes to their kids decisions to partake in underage drinking.  Visit www.asklisten.learn.com with your kids and help them say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking!