Teen Health Conference 2008 Set For October

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Sean Pepe, Health Educator with OCO’s Health Division, has announced that the 15th annual Oswego County Teen Health Conference will be held October 9th & 10th at Camp Hollis in Oswego.

Operated by the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, Camp Hollis provides the perfect setting for the Teen Health Conference.  Pepe and the other members of the Teen Health Conference Committee are excited about the event and are pleased to be able to make the conference available to all Oswego County high school youth.

“We are looking forward to providing youth from across Oswego County with an opportunity to come together and turn the ‘outside world’ into a living classroom,” said Pepe.  “With the help and input from our youth we feel this years conference will be the best yet.  For this year’s Teen Health Conference we have planned an enjoyable two days filled with lots of fun, food, and learning.  Thanks to the sponsorship we have received from Entergy Nuclear the event is once again being offered at no charge to the participants.”

High school youth attending the conference will attend workshops on various topics.  There are several workshops offered, and youth will be able to pick the 3 workshops they wish to attend.  This years workshops are:

. Dangers of drug abuse (focusing on the abuse prescription medicines)

. Teens and stress: Teenagers are faced with stress too; this workshop will give youth healthy alternatives that will help them cope with stress.

. Nutrition: Addressing the risks of the energy drink craze.

. Birth Control Methods: Unwanted pregnancy plagues the United Sates.  The U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate of all industrialized nations.  Learn how abstinence and other methods can help prevent an unwanted pregnancy.

. Body Image: Learn to like the way the look and discover healthy ways to cope with stress to look a certain way for society.

Pepe added that team building would a highlight at this year’s conference.  The team-building theme will be carried throughout the entire 2 days of the event as it encourages youth to work together in a positive atmosphere.  “This conference will give youth the opportunity to interact with peers that may be outside of their usual clique,” said Pepe.  “It’s a great opportunity for youth to work together and make new friends.  Youth will also have the opportunity to let their hair down and participate in karaoke and other fun choice activities planned during the event.”

In addition there will be an appearance by Heather Andrews, student support professional from Oswego High School and a special presentation featuring renown anti-big tobacco activist, Rick Stoddard.  Mr. Stoddard will address youth about the tactics that big tobacco companies use to encourage them to begin smoking.

Hosted by OCO’s Youth Services Division, COCOAA, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, BOCES APPS Program, OCO’s Options Program, Reality Check of Oswego County, and SUNY Oswego’s Lifestyle Center, event promises to be a fun and informative two days for those that attend.

The Oswego County Teen Health Conference is free and open to all Oswego County high school youth.  The conference will be chaperoned by participating school district personnel who will also be staying overnight.

For more information on the Oswego County Teen Conference you may contact Sean Pepe at OCO Health Education, 592-7877, Monday through Friday between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.