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GEORGIA: Sex, Drugs, Health and Relationships Covered at Houston Teen Forum




 

Macon Telegraph (05.01.12) - Thursday, May 03, 2012

Roughly 2,000 students from public and private schools in Houston County attended Tuesday's teen forum on making healthy choices. The event at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter was sponsored by Houston Healthcare and supported by the county school system and a dozen partner organizations.

"Kids get hundreds of thousands of messages every day about what choices they should make, and too many of them are bad messages," said Atlanta-based motivational speaker and abstinence educator Jackie Brewton.

When it comes to sex, making the "right decisions can build your destiny and the life of your dreams," Brewton said. "One bad decision could cost you everything." To girls feeling pressured to have sex, Brewton said, "You may lose a boyfriend you really like, but you'll never lose a boyfriend who really likes you." She urged boys facing similar pressures from a girl to be honest and say, "Baby, I'm going to do what's best for you even if you won't do what's best for yourself." "We're not here to scare you," Dr. Harold Katner of the Mercer University School of Medicine said as he displayed photos of STD-infected patients. "But we do want to educate you and give you the truth." Beth Jones, Houston Healthcare's director of community education and services, said Mercer University does an annual survey to help identify the issues students are struggling with. "We try to address those issues, but the theme always comes back to choices," she said. "It's important that these kids see the effects their choices can have."



 


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