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New Rochelle Proclaims April 20th “NR FOCUS Healthy Teen Brain Day”

April 19th, 2016

420-1Mayor Noam Bramson presented Linda Fosina, Coalition Coordinator of NR FOCUS, a proclamation declaring April 20th, 2016 “NR FOCUS Healthy Teen Brain Day”. New Rochelle joins many other Westchester communities in “reclaiming”  April 20th as a prevention day.  April 20th, or 420, has become a “counter-culture” holiday that is associated with marijuana use. Research has clearly documented the potential negative consequences of youth marijuana use. This proclamation alerts our community to the potential risks and sends a strong message to youth that we support the health of their developing brains.

The full text of the proclamation reads:

WHEREAS:            APRIL 20TH HAS BEEN PROCLAIMED HEALTHY TEEN BRAIN DAY IN NEW ROCHELLE BY NR FOCUS (FAMILIES ORGANIZED TO CURB THE USE OF SUBSTANCES); AND

WHEREAS:             ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PEDIATRICIANS THERE IS STRONG OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE THAT MARIJUANA IS HARMFUL TO THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN, WITH THE POTENTIAL TO CAUSE  DISTORTED PERCEPTIONS, DIFFICULTY WITH THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING, DISRUPTED LEARNING AND MEMORY, AND IMPAIRED REACTION TIME, ATTENTION SPAN, JUDGMENT, BALANCE AND COORDINATION; AND

WHEREAS:             NR FOCUS WORKS WITH YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY, EDUCATING THEM ABOUT THE DANGERS OF USING HARMFUL SUBSTANCES AND ASSISTING THEM IN MAKING HEALTHY AND SAFE DECISIONS TO REMAIN MARIJUANA-FREE, PROVIDING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXHIBIT LEADERSHIP IN SETTING A POSITIVE EXAMPLE FOR THEIR PEERS TO EMULATE; AND

WHEREAS:              WE WANT TO SUPPORT THE YOUTH AND ADULT LEADERS OF NR FOCUS IN CELEBRATING THE FIRST “HEALTHY TEEN BRAIN DAY” AND APPLAUD OUR YOUTH WHO ARE MAKING HEALTHY DECISIONS; AND

NOW, THEREFORE, I, NOAM BRAMSON, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW ROCHELLE, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016 TO BE:

“NR FOCUS HEALTHY TEEN BRAIN DAY”

IN THE CITY OF NEW ROCHELLE AND DO HEREBY PRESENT THIS PROCLAMATION TO NEW ROCHELLE FOCUS TO SIGNIFY OUR SHARED COMMITMENT TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS  INITIATIVE.

DONE AT NEW ROCHELLE, NEW YORK THIS 20TH DAY OF APRIL, 2016.

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