Chances are you know who Summer Sanders is if you watched Nickelodeon during the late 90’s (remember the show “Figure it Out”?), are an avid sports fan, or grew up in or around a swimming pool. Energetic, fierce, and strong, she represented the USA in the 1992 Olympics, bringing home four medals—including two gold! In February, we sat down with Summer Sanders, and she is still as energetic, fierce, and strong as ever. Now a mother to two children as well as an active member of the professional sports community, she wowed us with her genuine personality and passion for what Ask, Listen, Learn embodies: living a healthy lifestyle.
Throughout the day, Summer met with Attorneys General from 21 states and Puerto Rico to create public service announcements for Alcohol Responsibility Month to help parents start conversations with their kids about saying YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking. Take a look!
Summer and the AGs are correct—the conversation about underage drinking and how alcohol effects the developing brain does not take place in one day, at one single time. These conversations should start early in life and continue as parents and their kids grow together. Parents should take advantage of the “little moments” with their kids—driving home from practice, making dinner, saying goodnight—to encourage them to make healthy decisions. And for everyone under 21, that means avoiding alcohol entirely. You can find more information to help you start meaningful conversations here, and if you want to learn even more about how alcohol affects the developing brain, check out our videos!
Thank you for taking part in Alcohol Responsibility Month! If you have not already, join our community to find out more about what we are doing to help kids say YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking throughout the year.