Do you like fun facts?! Well, you’re in luck, I’ve got a few of them for you in this column, and these facts are taken completely from various internet sources. If you are not interested in the “fun” parts of this article, then skip to the bottom where one will find some NCCC facts. 

1. Banging your head against a wall for one hour burns 150 calories. (Disclaimer: Do not try this at home.) 

2. Pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers.

3. Snakes can help predict earthquakes.

4. Seven percent of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

5. If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground, it can’t hop.

6. The inventor of the Frisbee was cremated and made into a Frisbee after he died. 

7. During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.

8. Polar bears could eat as many as 86 penguins in a single sitting. 

9. Heart attacks are more likely to happen on a Monday.

10. In 2017 more people we killed from injuries caused by taking a selfie than by shark attacks. 

11. McDonald’s once made bubblegum-flavored broccoli.

12. There’s only one letter that doesn’t appear in any U.S. state name. (Have fun figuring that one out. Okay - It’s ‘Q,’ you’re welcome.)

See, I told you those would be fun! On a more serious but also ‘fun’ note, here is what is coming up, in the short term, with NCCC. It’s important to note that due to COVID being fluid and ever-changing, these events are subject to change; however, we hope to add to them! Our Facebook site contains the following events, with more details and sign-up opportunities. 

1. September 22nd - Janice Dunaway from Missouri Southern State University will be at our monthly NCCC meeting to discuss tobacco health effects on the body.  

2. October 3rd- The NCCC will have a booth at the Neosho Fall Festival; come see us!

3. November 6th- Ed Moses will be speaking at an all-day event and will teach a Science-Based Drug Education Training. (See Facebook for more details).

We will have more as restrictions with COVID ease, so please check our Facebook page for upcoming events and opportunities! As an aside, we have brought back a provided lunch for our monthly meetings. We realize your time is valuable and hope this offering allows you to join us. 

Newton County Community Coalition Vision: A safe and healthy, drug and alcohol-free, youth community across all of Newton County. 

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Newton County Community Coalition Mission: We strive to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and other risky behaviors among youth through collaboration, education, empowerment, early-intervention, and community transformation efforts throughout Newton County.

Are you interested in making a difference in Newton County? Come join the Newton County Community Coalition, where we are discussing how the Coalition provides substance abuse prevention strategies with current target areas of youth alcohol use, marijuana use, prescription drug abuse, and tobacco issues.

To get in touch with someone at the Coalition, please contact me or one of our Board members at newtoncountycoalition@gmail.com. Board President: John Ball, Ball-john@kneo.org or Board Vice President: Jeff Higgins, jhigginsatc@gmail.com

Check out our Facebook page@ https://www.facebook.com/groups/489182691248202

The Coalition meets from noon-1 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The meeting location is at the Talkington Building, 209 N. Valley Street, Neosho.

A Drug-Free Communities Coalition is supported by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

---Phillip Whiteman is the DFC Coordinator/Program Director for the Newton County Community Coalition (Coalition). He writes a biweekly column for The Neosho Daily News.