Cerritos, Calif. — The Rajput Association of America held a drug awareness seminar for children and parents in the community hall of Shadow Park here Dec. 14.

Over 75 people attended the seminar, which also included presentations about earthquake awareness, diabetes prevention and management, life in the social media age, and youth and beauty.

In his speech about drug awareness, Orange County deputy sheriff Carlos Sanchez urged parents to talk to their children with love and passion about the danger of drugs, rather than simply scolding them. He also mentioned, among other surprising facts, the new trends of e-cigarettes and vape stores, which could be as dangerous as marijuana and cocaine to young children.

Nidhi Chillara of the American Red Cross (Los Angeles division) addressed the need for earthquake preparedness by advising what action should be taken when a quake strikes. She also spoke about three types of earthquake kits — comprising items such as flashlights, medicine and non-perishable food — that can be kept at home.

Aparna Hande, a registered nurse, teacher, community leader and social worker, presented information about diabetes prevention, a disease that is prevalent in the Indian American community.

The seminar also covered the role of social media in our daily lives, as well as the benefits of grape seed extract, respectively presented by community leaders Anju Garg and Vasu Paward.

Association president Yash Singh and trustee Kewal Kanda emceed the event, where free food and soft drinks were provided to attendees.

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