Posts Tagged ‘teen pregnancy’

9

Jan

Get ready! It’s Pennsylvania Teen Health Week!

 

Help us celebrate!Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Laura Offutt, MD, whose digital health resource, Real Talk with Dr. Offutt, developed Teen Health Week in collaboration with the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Department of Health with support from the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Laura is a volunteer internal medicine physician, youth mentor and advocate who uses social media and her blog-based website to engage adolescents with teen-friendly, accurate health information.

Get ready! This week is Pennsylvania Teen Health Week! As proclaimed by Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Teen Health Week to focuses on the overall health of teenagers from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and everywhere in between. Pennsylvania is the first and only state to have such a statewide proclamation and observance – but soon Teen Health Week will be a national celebration!

It’s easy to be a part of this special week.  Involvement can be as simple as hanging a flyer announcing the week in your school, church or community center, or wearing lime green, the official color of Teen Health Week.  We even have a toolkit which is full of easy ideas for activities, sample social media posts, and a variety of resources which are organized around the broad themes covered in the week.

Each day has a specific broad health focus:

Monday: Healthy Diet and Exercise

Tuesday: Violence Prevention

WednesdayMental Health

Thursday: Sexual Development and Health

Friday: Substance Use and Abuse

Why is Teen Health Week important? Well, did you know that in Pennsylvania more than a third of our young feel depressed or sad most days?  Or that many teens think that driving after smoking marijuana is safer than after drinking? Or that 1 in 3 high school students have been in an abusive relationship? Or that fewer than one-tenth of our teens broke a sweat for one short hour in the past week?  And that fifteen- to nineteen-year-olds account for nearly half of the cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea in Pennsylvania?

As you can see, there are plenty of good reasons to have a week focused on teen health here in Pennsylvania!

Don’t worry – it’s not too late to take part in this fun and special week!  Here are a few ideas of how you can be a part of it:

Wear lime green. It’s the official Teen Health Week color.

Get artsy. Use post-it notes and set up a New Year’s Resolution wall that week – where teens can put anonymous health resolutions for 2017! You know, like “eat a fruit every day.”  Or, “make sure to get enough sleep.”

Hashtag for health. Share or post educational announcements or social media posts focused on each day’s health theme with friends or students. (Find these in the toolkit, or on SafeTeens’ social media channels.)

Help us celebrate! Attend the kick-off at the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg on January 9th, or the Friday the 13th celebration at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.

Plus, there are a lot more easy and fun ideas already created for you in our toolkit!

15

Dec

Pregnancy in a hot tub? That’s a thing?!

 

Water and chlorine may not be able to prevent pregnancy, but condoms and birth control can. You can get condoms and birth control at Pennsylvania’s free, teen-friendly Reproductive Health Centers.

2

Dec

OMG! The condom broke!!!

 

Luckily, pregnancy doesn’t happen right after sex. It can take hours or even days to become pregnant. In that time, emergency contraception can help stop pregnancy from ever happening.

If you’re 17 and under, you can get a prescription for emergency contraception at any of Pennsylvania’s Reproductive Health Centers. For women and guys 18 and older, no prescription is needed; just ask your pharmacist for emergency contraception.

10

Oct

What guys need to know about birth control

 

Using condoms is a good idea, even if she’s on birth control. Here’s why.

If you had sex without a condom, you may have an STD. The only way to know for sure is to get tested. Many Pennsylvania Reproductive Health Centers offer free and confidential testing for teens 17 and under.

7

May

Guest Post: Make Your Friends’ Phones Give Birth with Pregnancy Text

 

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Alyssa Ruderman, Campaigns Manager – Sex, Violence & Relationships at DoSomething.org.

Most teens know raising a baby isn’t easy, but they don’t always know exactly how much their day-to-day life could change if they were to become a teen parent. In fact, even though almost 1 in 3 girls in the U.S. will become pregnant at least once by the time they are 20, as it currently stands, nearly half of teens have never thought about how a pregnancy would affect their lives.

With this in mind, we at DoSomething.org are giving cellphone-equipped young people a taste of teen parenthood with Pregnancy Text. This text message-based campaign allows teens to turn their friends’ phones into ‘text babies,’ alerting teens with texts when it’s hungry, needs to be changed and more.

We know that talking about teen pregnancy is the first step in preventing it, so it is our hope that Pregnancy Text gets this important conversation started.

Last year over 100,000 young people took part in the campaign, with one in two participants more likely to talk about teen pregnancy after participating. This year the campaign runs from May 7 through July 5 and teens who send text babies to six of their friends will be entered to win a $3,000 scholarship.

To get started, just text BABY to 38383.

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