Congressman Danny Davis Brings Ask, Listen, Learn to Anna Langford Community
CHICAGO, Feb. 22, 2013
Program encourages kids to "say 'YES' to a healthy lifestyle and 'NO' to
CHICAGO, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Today, Congressman Danny
Davis (D-IL) partnered with The Century Council's Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids
and Alcohol Don't Mix program to embolden 100 students at Anna Langford
Community Academy to "say 'YES' to a healthy lifestyle and 'NO' to underage
Congressman Davis cheered on students as they enthusiastically competed for
high scores in the running competition on Ask, Listen, Learn's interactive
game. The game enables middle school kids to learn about the negative
consequences of underage drinking and the benefits of making healthy decisions
while they exercise.The premise is based on research by Harvard Medical
School's Dr. John Ratey, showing that for a person's brain to function at its
peak, the body needs to move. The multimedia program includes the game and
print materials, with the website presenting a pledge to live a healthy
lifestyle, online games and pages featuring Ask, Listen, Learn Superstars.
"Middle school students are at a critical time in their lives when making good
choices matters- the decisions they make in these formative years have an
impact on their future success. I want all young people in Chicago to start
off on a healthy track to success, and that's why I'm proud to be here today
with the Ask, Listen, Learn program," said Davis.
Anna Langford Principal Lynn E. McGinnis-Garner commended The Century
Council's efforts to reach her students on this key issue. "It's no surprise
that Ask, Listen, Learn has been popular at schools across the country. The
way in which it encourages collaborative conversations about underage drinking
in the classroom and at home with family is invaluable to our students."
"While we're proud to note the availability of alcohol to underage youth has
continued to decline for more than a decade, 11 percent of 8th graders report
they have consumed alcohol in the past month," said Ralph Blackman, President
and CEO of The Century Council. "It's important for parents and trusted adults
in the school to begin the conversation about underage drinking early and to
have it often – which is exactly what we are trying to jumpstart here today in
Along with the interactive game, teachers at Anna Langford will also receive
newly-published Scholastic materials featuring US Gymnastics team captain and
Ask, Listen, Learn Ambassador Aly Raisman for their classrooms.
About Ask, Listen, Learn
Ask, Listen, Learn is the most widely distributed alcohol education program of
its kind. Ask, Listen, Learn's initiatives include Asklistenlearn.com, a
website that encourages kids to "say 'YES' to a healthy lifestyle and 'NO' to
underage drinking" by offering kids interactive and educational games and
videos. On the site kids can read about positive role models and take a pledge
to make healthy choices. Parents and educators are also encouraged to visit
the site to find tips on how to facilitate these conversations with kids.
About The Century Council
The Century Council, is a national not-for-profit leader in the fight to
eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by the following
distillers: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam, Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation
Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; and Pernod Ricard USA.
Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, The Century Council promotes responsible
decision making regarding beverage alcohol and develops and implements
innovative programs and public awareness campaigns which ignite action through
strategic partnerships. Established in 1991, The Century Council's initiatives
are highlighted on its website at www.centurycouncil.org and
Contact: Tyler Allen, The Century Council
AllenT@centurycouncil.org or (202) 637-0077
SOURCE The Century Council
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