On February 16, 2022, we hosted a lively VIRTUAL seminar on having compassionate conversations with others on issues related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Cyndi Weeks Bradley led a discussion on the Equity Process on why words at work matter. We all bring unconscious bias to our workplace. Learning how our words may unintentionally cause insult or harm an dhow to avoid this helps us better establish healthy and productive relationships at work.
Clinician Heather Day facilitated a "hands on" workshop, Don't Feed the Worry Bug, focusing on a discussion of 3 case scenarios across grade levels, designed to help parents respond to situations in which child anxiety manifests in challenging social behaviors.
Jillian Allen, Registered Dietician led a workshop on strategies for weight management, creating balanced meals, eating healthy on the go, and optimizing work productivity through good nutrition.
Cyndi Weeks Bradley led a discussion on the Equity Process on why words at work matter. We all bring unconscious bias to our workplace. Learning how our words may unintentionally cause insult or harm and how to avoid this helps us better establish healthy and productive relationships at work.
Today’s workplace is constantly evolving. It’s possible to have 4 generations on the same team sharing the same space. Each generation brings their own values, rules, and styles. This workshop explored strengths and values of each generation and provide tips for a harmonious work environment.
Integrity and respect in the workplace help cultivate a positive environment. This program introduced communication skills and other behaviors that promote respectful, open ways of relating, settling differences, and working as a team.
On Wednesday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m. Internet Safety Expert and national speaker, Katie Greer, will host a VIRTUAL session for parents and adult community members covering topics to help us keep our kids safe on the internet.
Parents will exclaim, "Our kids are doing WHAT? " and ask as host of questions such as: What can I do to protect them? What apps should I be worried about? Is social networking safe? Is my child being cyberbullied? What's texting? Sexting? What's next? It's overwhelming being a parent today in our technology-driven society. Keeping up with the latest trends and dangers can often seem like an impossible task. Katie will help you navigate the digital waters and let you know what's new, what's now, and what's next. Katie will include how to use social media in a positive way & provides parents with proactive initiatives to keep kids safe.
This program is for adults only. Lynnfield Middle School Youth will hear from Katie during assemblies the same day. This provides a good opportunity for parents and kids to continue a family discussion together about internet safety!
This program is sponsored by A Healthy Lynnfield in collaboration with the Lynnfield Public Schools.
Each of us can be proactive in supporting the mental health of our kids. Popular speaker Jon Mattleman returns for a VIRTUAL parent/caregiver presentation on January 12, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. on how we can manage anxiety, optimize wellness, and keep our families in balance as COVID-19 restrictions change, kids are back in school, and the winter months approach.
Jon is joined by Young Adult Speaker Wes who will share his lived experience as a student who struggled with anxiety. Wes will tell the story of his struggles starting in third grade and how he found positive supports on his way to recovery. Attendees will learn to look beyond stigma and notice warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and suicide. Just Talk About It normalizes having conversations early and often with your family to promote mental well-being, early recognition and intervention, and professional support.
The TIPS training is a Responsible Beverage Service and Sales training certification course for servers/sellers of alcohol. The training is free to Lynnfield Businesses licensed to sell or serve alcohol. It is also open to businesses in North Reading, Boxford, Topsfield, Middleton and Peabody as part of our Regional Prevention Programming.
Registration is required by each individual attending.
Come learn what Lynnfield Parents and Caregivers need to know about youth marijuana use. The landscape of marijuana use has changed drastically over the past few years. It’s never too early to stay informed.
· Are you able to recognize new forms of marijuana products?
· Can you explain the following statement: “It’s not what youth do when using marijuana, it’s what they don’t do that is concerning.”
· Are you confident, comfortable and feeling informed enough to have a conversation with your child about marijuana use?
This session will cover:
· An overview of marijuana and current trends in use among youth.
· Brief overview of research on marijuana and the teenage brain, the perceived benefits, and the effects of use.
· The facts about marijuana and cannabis use disorder/addiction.
· Ways to engage youth in conversations around marijuana use.
· How to promote open, positive communication and healthier life choices.
· Resources and supports for families.
Jordana Willers, Ed.M., Youth & Young Adult Training Coordinator for the Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR), will deliver this seminar. Ms. Willers is responsible for training youth and young adult service providers across the state in evidence-based substance use prevention, intervention, and treatment skills. Join us for case scenarios and a discussion on how to talk kids about this important health topic!
Session 1: Understanding Parents' Perceptions
Come learn what Lynnfield Parents and Caregivers have to say about the health of kids in Lynnfield.
Join Scott Formica, Ph.D. and Social Science Research and Evaluation, Inc. for a review of the results of the 2021 Parent/Caregiver Survey administered in April 2021 by A Healthy Lynnfield and the Lynnfield Public Schools. Join us for a lively discussion about perceptions on youth health!
This is an in-person meeting at the Al Merit Media Center, 600 Lynnfield Market Street, 2nd Floor.
The Night of Hope Event will take place on Sunday, September 26, 2021 for National Recovery Month. It will start at 6:00 pm at Lynnfield Middle School as a walk to the Town Common. A guest speaker and remarks from town officials will follow. Join The Think of Michael Foundation and A Healthy Lynnfield in celebrating those in recovery. By walking with us, you help show your support as a community and reduce the stigma associated with addiction.
Wednesday April 7, 2021
Sports stakeholders in the Lynnfield community are invited to learn more about athletic development pathways and best practices to keep athletes healthy for long-term athletic success. Attendees will learn how to establish more comprehensive, athlete-centered programs, which align with national standards. Parents will learn strategies to support their children's athletic development, while cultivating healthy relationships with coaches and administrators. Discussion will address key ingredients for athletic success with a focus on maximizing community sport opportunities. Evidence-based strategies will be provided which can be readily used by athletes, parents, coaches and administrators.
In this video, parents will learn from other parents how to talk to their children about drugs and alcohol. Appropriate for parents of youth grades K-12.
Thursday, March 18, 2021 6:30-8 PM
Parents will learn the “Power Down for Presence” process, proven to increase attention and focus for more efficient and productive homework time. As the ubiquity of the 24/7 digital world increases, the appeal of technology becomes even greater. Brain science supports the power of mindfulness to pause one’s use of technology and be present for greater mental and brain health. Tools and skills accompany the evidence-based research of this session.
Stakes is High: Meeting the Urgency of this Moment, Raul Fernandez, Boston University
Thursday, March 11, 2021
6:30 to 8 p.m.
A nation struggles to battle a global pandemic and at the same time undo centuries of systemic racism, all while adjusting to one of the most consequential elections in its history. It sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, but this is our reality. For some, the impacts of this moment are mostly viewed through our phones and televisions. However, for others, the pain is much closer to home and the stakes are much higher. This workshop will focus on how we as individuals and collectively through our work can meet this moment with the urgency that it requires, especially for the people who are counting on us most.
This series is a sponsored in collaboration with the AHL Diversity Work Group: The Town of Lynnfield, Lynnfield for Love, The Lynnfield Public Library, The Lynnfield Anti-Racist League, The Lynnfield Clergy Collaborative.
National Recovery Month is a time to celebrate health, wellness, and recovery from substance use disorders. There are many individuals who have overcome this disease with help, support, courage, and perseverance. This offering is meant to celebrate wellness and provide an opportunity for the community to participate in a healthy, substance free activity. Check out this offer on our News and Events Page.
The Think of Michael Foundation and A Healthy Lynnfield are once again partnerning to host a community event in recognition of National Recovery Month. This year the event will be a car parade to ensure public safety, while providing a way the community can come together and honor those struggling with addiction, and to celebrate paths to recovery. Stay tunned for more information as we finalize event details.
This is a two part series for members of Town of Lynnfield Boards and Commissions. It is designed to equip members with tools to improve cultural responsiveness and to reduce bias in your work.
Each session is offered twice to provide a variety of date options. Please pick one date for each session when you register.
Session 1: January 21, 6:30 to 8 pm
Session 2: January 28, 6:30 to 8 pm
Are you feeling stressed and sometimes overwhelmed? Are you not as patient with your family and friends as you would like to be? Would you like to bring more peace and calm into your life? The purpose of this program is simple. You will learn the foundation you need to start a regular meditation practice that is simple to learn and do on your own. This program is for beginners, and no experience is necessary. Through this program, you will learn and practice mindfulness techniques that you can do on your own immediately. Registrants will be supported with a daily mediation time for us to practice together. The course is taught by Scott Gordon, a Reiki Master Teacher and Science Department Head at Lynnfield High School.
This course is virtual, for adults and free! Registration is required. You will get a virtual zoom link upon registration.
Join The Think of Michael Foundation and A Healthy Lynnfield in our second annual event in honor of National Recovery Month, Sunday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Lynnfield Middle School. The event has been modified for safety reasons this year and will be a car procession followed by a brief lighting of votives and a blessing from clergy across the community.
Join A Healthy Lynnfield and Vasundhra Ganju for a month of virtual adult mindfullness classes in recognition of National Recovery Month this September. Classes are Wednesday evenings at 6:30 and open to the first 30 people who sign on. They are free and open to anyone who wishes to particiapte in an overall wellness activity. National Recovery Month honors individuals in their journey with substance use disorders and celebrates recovery and wellness with hope and community support. Join us!
Zoom Meeting ID 989 5665 9040
September 2, 9,16, 23 & 30
A Healthy Lynnfield and the Lynnfield Public Schools team up with Minding Your Mind and Jon Mattleman for a virtual conversation on teens and mental health during National Mental Health Awareness Month. The webinar will take place on Wed. May, 20 at 6:30 p.m.
“Teens, Tweens, & Quarantines” is a presentation for parents focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on our children. In a dynamic fashion, this talk will address the teen/tween brain, explain why this pandemic is so difficult for this age group, survey the process of loss, discuss issues related to independence, autonomy, and privacy, and offer perspectives and suggestions that parents can implement immediately. In addition, parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and get concrete answers for practical steps they can take in real time --- who has time to wait?
Please register. You will be sent a follow-up link to access the webinar.
Kevin Hill, MD, MHS, Beth Israel Lahey Health was slated to do a presentation on March 30, 2020 on "What About Weed?" a community conversation about marijuana and adolescents. This has been postponed due to our current public health emergency in Massachusetts.
A Healthy Lynnfield is offering an 8 hour certificate course in Youth Mental Health First Aid on March 4 & 6 from 8:30 am to 12:30 noon at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Lynnfield. Registration is required.
Come have a voice in our community programming. We invite parents of Middle School and High School Aged children to participate in a confidential focus group facilitated by a professional evaluation firm. The groups are this month, January 28 from 6 to 8 pm for middle school parents and January 30, 6 to 8 pm for high school parents. Both are at the Sheraton, Winthrop Room. Coffee and light dessert will be served and you will receive a $25 gift certificate for your participation. Please register with email@example.com or call 781-334-5820 x 1102.
On Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30 pm at Al Merritt Media Center, A Healthy Lynnfield will host the Northeast Tobacco Free Community Partnership for an education session on vaping. This is designed for parents. Community educator Ashley Hall, Program Director, will review what vaping and vaping products are, the health risks associated with vaping, and how to protect kids from this latest trend. Registration is required as space is limited.
On October 16 and 18, 2019 from 8:00 to 12:30 am, A Healthy Lynnfield will sponsor an 8 hour certificate training designed to teach basic skill to clergy and lead, faith-based volunteers on identification and response to mental health crisis. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 127 Summer Street, Lynnfield will host. The training is open to Clergy in Lynnfield, Wakefield and Peabody. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no cost, but participants are required to complete the 8 hours to receive a certificate. Registration is required.
Lynnfield Public Schools and A Healthy Lynnfield bring you the movie ANGST on managing childhood anxiety. The viewing is open to the public. Film starts at 6:30 at Lynnfield Middle School and will be followed by a panel of clinical experts.
On August 15, residents of Lynnfield will have access to a brand new service: a helpline designed to assist you in accessing an outpatient mental health provider without all the hassles. The INTERFACE helpline run by Williams James College helps you find a mental health provider near you that matches your health insurance, your schedule, is available for services within a reasonable time frame, and specializes in the area you need: anxiety, depression, family problems, isolation, behavior management issues with your child, and more. See our Interface video on this service.
Save the Date for Sunday, September 22 from 6 to 7:30 pm for a community gathering to bring awareness to the issue of substance use and how it impacts our community. The event starts at Lynnfield Middle School and ends with speakers on the common. Attending means you show support for individuals, families, friends and neighbors who are impacted by this disease. More information to follow.
A Healthy Lynnfield will speak on Ministry and Mental Health at Our Lady of Assumption's Holistic Health Series after Saturday Mass on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
Authour Maureen Cavanaugh will host a book signing with A Healthy Lynnfield at California Pizza Kitchen on April 4, 2019. Join us to hear about Maureen's journey as a mother of a daughter addicted to heroin in her book If You Love Me. 20% of meal sales are donated to A Healthy Lynnfield.
Join Chris and Kathi Sullivan on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Lynnfield Middle School Auditorium to hear their story recovering tragedy related to addiction. Chris is a former NFL New England Patriots Player and Kathi lost a daughter, Taylor, to underage drinking. Both have come out on the other side of addiction and are telling their story to help others. Join Lynnfield Public Schools and A Healthy Lynnfield for this engaging presentation. High School students will hear this presentation during the school day. Come hear what they hear and start a joint, healthy conversation with your kid
A Healthy Lynnfield has 2 opportunities to have fun, stay healthy, enjoy friends and help us raise funds to support our program. On February 6, 2019 at 4 pm to close, at Market Street Rink, families can joins us for a Skate Night. On March 7, 2019 the community can come on out to Wahlburgers for dinner, chat with our staff, and grab some resources. Both events will host an information table and a percent of proceeds will be donated to support our youth programs.
In December, the Improbable Players theater group performed at Lynnfield Middle School sharing with students the family dynamics of addiction and a positive example of recovery. The program, funded by Lahey Health, is part of A Healthy Lynnfield's community prevention plan.
In November, 2018, with support from a state grant, Peg Sallade joined A Healthy Lynnfield to help coordinate coalition activities.
Everyone worries and feels anxious at times. Lynn is an expert on anxiety and its impact on children and adults. Her book, Anxious Kids- Anxious Parents is a great resource for parents and educators. In October, Lynn spoke to Lynnfield community members with tips on how parents can help manage their child's anxiety. Special thanks to Lahey Health for making this all possible; they continue to be a major supporter of health initiatives in Lynnfield.
The Night of Hope event, co-hosted by Think of Michael and A Healthy Lynnfield, is scheduled for Sunday, September 18 at 6 pm . It will be a walk from the Lynnfield Middle School to the Town Common as in previous years. This event recognized National Recovery Month and aims to raise awareness. Stay tuned for more information.
A Healthy Lynnfield is hosting an annual meeting and community planning forum, by invitation, on September 29, 2022.