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Centerstone Launches Prom Safety Campaign throughout Middle Tennesse

prom2Annual campaign called “Save Your Moves for the Dance Floor” empowers teens to avoid risky situations and prevent teen pregnancy in Cheatham County

Nashville, Tenn. – Centerstone, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit providers of community-based mental health and addiction services, today announced its annual campaign aimed at helping Middle Tennessee teens make healthy decisions during prom season in Cheatham County.

Be in Charge, Centerstone’s teen pregnancy prevention program, distributed resource cards and posters to local businesses across 14 counties. Their humorous campaign, titled “Save Your Moves for the Dance Floor,” encourages students to avoid risky situations on prom night. Teens will find helpful tips on the cards, such as knowing personal boundaries and avoiding drugs and alcohol, to help make their night a safe one. Students are also directed to WhoYouWant2Be.org, Centerstone’s resource website for teens, parents and educators, where they can find additional information on making healthy decisions.

The campaign will also involve an online dance contest. Students from participating counties are encouraged to submit a 30 second video of their best dance moves in an attempt to win prizes. Videos will be displayed through social media, and a winner will be selected by receiving the most likes from viewers. Admissions will be accepted from April 1-May 13, 2013 and can be submitted to prevention@centerstone.org. A full list of rules can be found at WhoYouWant2Be.org.

More than 60 prom essential businesses across Middle Tennessee are involved in this year’s campaign, including florists, hair and nail salons, dress stores and tuxedo rentals. Participating Cheatham County businesses include:

3D Designs

340 Frey St

Ashland City, TN 37015

All About You

101 Cumberland St

Ashland City, TN 37015

Angeline’s Full Service Salon

114 Frey St

Ashland City, TN 37015

Great Clips Hair Cut Salon – Owen Place

316 Hutton Pl

Ashland City, TN 37015

Nail Center

149 Dillard Ct

Kingston Springs, TN 37082

A Rose Garden

103 Elizabeth St

Ashland City, TN 37015

Sections A Salon

398 N Main St

Kingston Springs, TN

Studio 101 West

101 W Kingston Springs Rd

Kingston Springs, TN 3708

Tropical Sun Tanning

149 Dillard Ct

Kingston Springs, TN 37082

Additionally, resource cards are being distributed at outreach events to high school students currently participating in Be in Charge and at community centers.

“Prom night is a highly anticipated event for many teens,” said Doris Vaughan, Centerstone’s Director of Prevention Services. “While students may not plan to find themselves in a risky situation, Centerstone wants to be sure to equip them in advance with the knowledge they need to make healthy decisions.”

Be in Charge offers both school-based and community-based education programs to decrease the number of teen pregnancies in Tennessee. Trained Centerstone Prevention Specialists teach group lessons in select schools on subjects like healthy relationship development and how to avoid risky situations. At the community level, Be in Charge conducts presentations and distributes information to educate parents, teachers and community leaders about how to help teens make healthy choices.

Be in Charge is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Public Health, Office of Adolescent Health. It is offered to 26 counties in Middle Tennessee. For more information about Centerstone’s Prevention Services and Be in Charge, please visit www.whoyouwant2be.org or contact Jeney Slusser at 615-460-4181 or jeney.slusser@centerstone.org.

About Centerstone

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 55 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves nearly 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International and a member of the National Football League’s NFL Life Line. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or visit www.centerstone.org.

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