SCOTTSDALE, AZ—U.S. Rep. Harry E. Mitchell (D-AZ) joined The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility to bring Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix to students at Mojave Middle School today. In partnership with PE4Life, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility created an interactive, physical fitness activity that builds on the existing Ask, Listen, Learn program and encourages kids to “say ‘YES’ to a healthy lifestyle and ‘NO’ to underage drinking.” The initiative is based on recent research by Harvard Medical School’s Dr. John Ratey, showing that for a person’s brain to function at its peak; the body needs to move. The interactive activity, as well as a supporting website, encourages kids to live a healthy lifestyle. The website also provides parents with information and strategies to help jumpstart the conversation about the dangers of underage drinking.
“Encouraging kids to talk about tough topics, such as underage drinking, can be challenging,” said Congressman Mitchell. “Ask, Listen, Learn’s interactive fitness game is an engaging way to teach kids about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, as well as the health risks of underage drinking.”
Dana Fudurich of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility added, “According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 17% of 12 to 14 year olds report they have consumed alcohol in the past month. Our Ask, Listen, Learn program has the potential to further reduce these numbers, as 80% of 12-14 year olds believe alcohol education has made a difference in the decision they have made regarding alcohol.”
“We are excited to have The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility here today with their Ask, Listen, Learn program. As educators, we understand the importance of parents and teachers talking to kids early and often about the negative consequences of underage drinking and believe the interactive activity The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility brought today will highlight the positive results of both living a healthy lifestyle and saying no to underage drinking,” said Principal Aguliar, Mojave Middle School.
Developed over six years ago, Ask, Listen, Learn has already reached millions of parents, kids, and teachers around the country. In 2010, Ask, Listen, Learn’s new initiatives include:
- Asklistenlearn.com encourages kids to “say ‘YES’ to a healthy lifestyle and ‘NO’ to underage drinking by offering kids interactive and educational games and videos.
- Any kid can become a member of the Ask, Listen, Learn Team by taking a pledge to make healthy choices.
- Ask, Listen, Learn will utilize role models such as Speed Skater Apolo Anton Ohno and professional swimmer Dara Torres as “SuperStars.” Ask, Listen, Learn Team members will be encouraged to read Questions and Answers from SuperStars to learn how elite athletes dealt with peer pressure as they were growing up. SuperStars will encourage kids to make responsible decisions and live a healthy lifestyle. Through a public service in association with Sports Illustrated for Kids, positive messaging will appear in various print and online advertorials as well as interactive games over the course of 2010.
- Ask, Listen, Learn will have a supplement in Time For Kids where teachers may find information about the program and how to incorporate it into their lesson plans, kids can tear out posters, and can play educational games to learn about living a healthy lifestyle and saying no to underage drinking.
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
Launched in 1991, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a leader in the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision making regarding beverage alcohol. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is funded by: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc., Brown-Forman, Constellation Brands, Inc., Diageo, Hood River Distillers, Inc., Pernod Ricard USA, and Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc., For more information about Ask, Listen, Learn or The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, or to order a copy of the program free-of-charge, please visit www.responsibility.org and www.asklistenlearn.com.
The PE4Life model emphasizes lifetime individual fitness education; an approach that meets the needs of all school children empowering them with the education, experiences and inspiration to lead a healthy lifestyle. PE4Life has trained nearly 1,500 educators representing more than 2,300 schools in 35 states, reaching more than 1.7 million kids.
Sport Illustrated for Kids
Sports Illustrated for Kids aims to create a fun, safe, environment for kids, filled with some of the best news, games, and interactive features on the internet. Emphasis is placed on kids leading a healthy lifestyle and also to provide a venue for kids to follow positive role models.
Jessica Lepak, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
(202) 637-0077 or LepakJ@responsibility.org