Get Pumped for SADD!
By: Haanya Quadri
The Wheaton North SADD club is getting ready for a busy second semester full of events! SADD, an acronym for Students Against Destructive Decisions, is a national organization that promotes healthy habits for students and discourages unhealthy decisions, both mentally and physically.
There is much to look forward to in the coming months, starting with three events in February. Firstly, SADD is spearheading the Friends for Life campaign, which is a movement to encourage friends and acquaintances alike to reach out to each other in support. February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, in which SADD will raise awareness about the sad reality of many teen relationships and spread the idea that love is respect. National eating disorders awareness week is also held in February, so SADD will take the lead to promote healthy eating habits as well.
In March, SADD will promote National Sleep Awareness Week, in which they will encourage students and staff alike to practice healthy sleeping habits to get a full night’s sleep and start each day well-rested. March also hosts National Inhalants and Poison Week, and through SADD’s efforts, students will become well-informed of the dangers of various poisons and inhalants. SADD will also lead Kick Butt Day, in which students are discouraged from smoking and vaping to become tobacco-free.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, so SADD will raise awareness of the potential dangers of underage alcohol consumption all month long. April is also Distracted Driving Awareness Month, in which SADD will bring the dangers of texting while driving and driving under the influence to attention. Lastly, April is STD Awareness Month as well, so SADD will promote healthy and safe habits.
In the past, the Wheaton North SADD club has promoted Red Ribbon Week during the last week of October, taken charge of their care package project, and decorated bathroom stalls to promote healthy minds and bodies of all Wheaton North students. SADD meets every other Monday, so consider joining if you are passionate about promoting a healthy student body.