Prevention support is a strong component of the Wellness Team mission. Amy Winkelman (firstname.lastname@example.org) spearheads these efforts. Stakeholders in prevention are the students, parents, school community, as well as other community organizations. Mrs. Winkelman harnesses the strengths and leadership of these stakeholders to promote the development of healthy and resilient students. The Vaping Awareness Campaign is one example of the contributions this prevention makes.
In the fall of 2017, community members, stakeholders, and school staff convened to address the increased use of electronic smoking devices (or 'vapes') among youth in Barrington, Lake Zurich, and Wauconda. With input from high school and middle school students in these 3 communities, a communication campaign has been developed and implementation is beginning in September. A communication campaign is an evidence-based approach that uses marketing techniques to change knowledge, attitudes, behavior or policy in a specific audience. This campaign includes 6 media pieces that will be displayed electronically or in poster form, at BMS Prairie, BMS Station, and BHS. The anti-vaping campaign aims to increase students' knowledge about e-cigarettes: and the messages focus on the concerns associated with nicotine addiction, lung disease, and the harmful chemicals in vaping devices.