‘National Prevention Week’ under way

NEW ULM – Mayor Bob Beussman read an official city proclamation declaring “National Prevention Week” to students on Monday at New Ulm High School.

National Prevention Week is hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to increase public awareness about substance abuse and mental health problems. It began Sunday and ends Saturday. During the week, students are encouraged to pledge to commit to healthy lifestyles.

Beussman told students they always have a choice to improve their lives.

“It was recently the fourth anniversary of my heart surgery because I didn’t make the best choice when I was younger. You still have your lives ahead of you to make the right choice,” said Beussman.

Kim Janke, program director with the Brown County Underage Substance Abuse Coalition (USAC), said the mayor was chosen to help emphasize the importance of making healthy choices to students.

Student representatives in the “Character Counts” program participated in the related “I Choose” project that has them explain in detail why they choose to be drug free or why they support awareness of mental health issues.

The event was sponsored by District 88, Brown County USAC and McDonald’s.

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