Lorealle Shell

Producer, Time To Talk

Lorealle Shell works in public relations for the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana. She is hands-on with social media development, member communications, and loves connecting families with Coalition programs.

Lorealle is a native of Monroe, Louisiana. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, spending time with family, and cooking.

Ways to Connect

Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0) / FLICKR.com (CC BY-SA 2.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Although teen pregnancy rates are declining, Louisiana still ranks 44th in the nation. Parishes in Northeast Louisiana are among the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state.  Linda Hunt, nurse clinical case manager for AETNA Better Health, discusses common misconceptions about teen mothers and how they can manage their health throughout their pregnancies. 

On the changes in teen pregnancy data in Louisiana and potential health risks

Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) / https://www.flickr.com/photos/stopalcoholdeaths/5524660755/in/photolist-9qckaD-7jwNME-7K2vce-bADA3v-9qckRV-4BkqQz-4Tnd8f-9QXHad-9qfifS-dvzeod-7mjvov-9qfnuE-9qfnzd-9CPqz1-5KASW9-9qfnGh-9CLwYM-9qckD6-9qfnKw-9CLJZR-9qcgCx-aYtTMr-9CPrw7-6SSYTA-8GeeAc-9qck7i-5

Drinking is not uncommon among teens, but it's not common for them to know the impact that binge drinking can have on their personal lives and health. Emily Thibodeaux, substance abuse counselor at Louisiana Tech University, encourages parents to not only talk to teens about binge drinking, but also understand why they may be engaging in that behavior. 


On what the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) is

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) is a research study by the American health maintenance organization Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a hypothesis and a study that helps us understand how early childhood experiences can affect our health later on in life. 

On how ACEs can inspire action in Northeast Louisiana

FLICKR.COM Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) / FLICKR.com (CC BY-SA 2.0)

According the American Academy of Pedicatrics, children under 18 months should not engage in screen time. Amy Clancy, Director of Childcare Connections, discusses the importance of limiting a child's presence in front of screened technology. 

Clancy says the best way to monitor screen time is to talk with children as they are engaging in screen time. While there are no regulations on educational content, parents should be involved with how and what their children are looking at. 

On the importance of limiting screen time from birth to age two

Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) / FLICKR.com (CC BY-SA 2.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

It's no secret that technology has tremendously evolved over the past decade. David Ferris, section chief of Cyber Crime Unit with the Louisiana Department of Justice, encourages parents to have open discussions with their children about internet safety. 

On what parents should be on the look-out for when their children use the internet

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ / FliCKR.com (CC BY-SA 2.0)

About 60-70% of teens say medicine cabinets at home are their source for drugs. Mary Barrios, healthy living coordinator at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, encourages parents to be more responsible with prescription medications in the home. 

Barrios says the best way to combat prescription drug abuse is to dispose expired or unused medications. With National Prescription Take-Back Day around the corner, parents and professionals will be able to push-back against the opioid epidemic by leading by example. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/7780925@N04/7687066086/in/photolist-cHhdWb-8S8DEm-dJGAyL-u3pp5-23YwNM2-7Kaxof-4LgNoi-opmEXp-9vCWs8-8piW7A-7MTWEu-5e7fhd-kKPEdd-4tEwun-62euYe-cHhs8W-5VzJ8F-6NLiZ5-cHhovN-m1iDpu-Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) / FliCKR.com (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Within the past year, up to 80% of high school seniors have admitted to using cannabis. Dr. Jay Piland, addictionologist at Pecan Haven Adolescent Addiction and Treatment Center, discusses how parents can begin talking about substance use with their children. 

Piland says substance use can be a progressive disorder; therefore, parents should take an active approach and intervene as early as possible throughout their child's development process. 

On substances commonly used by adolescents

FLICKR.COM Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

Suicide is a top five cause of death in adolescents and teens in the United States. Terry Thomas, psychologist at Healthpoint Center, informs parents on suicide statistics, risk factors, and resources to provide education on mental health. 

On teen suicide and common risk factors

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ / Flickr.com Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

A majority of sexually transmitted infections (STI's) in Northeast Louisiana happen among people under the age of 25. Iberia Watley, program monitor at the Louisiana Office of Public Health in Shreveport, informs parents and professionals on STI's and resources to combat high numbers in northeast Louisiana.

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ / U.S. Department of Agriculture

It's never too early for parents to have "the Talk" with their children. Dr. Ryan Pasternak, associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, informs and encourages parents to be proactive with reproductive education. 

Pasternak says that parents tend to have the conversation about sexual health as a reaction to something else. It's imperative for parents to share accurate and appropriate information with their children to combat poor advice from peers. 

Pages