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CALIFORNIA: Conference Provides Tools for Young Women to Lead Healthy Lifestyle
Maryjoy Duncan
November 18, 2011
El Chicano Weekly (San Bernardino) (10.20.11) - Friday,

Hundreds of teenagers from 18 county high schools attended the 7th Annual Young Women's Health Conference at California State University-San Bernardino on Oct. 15. The event, entitled "A Day for Q&A," was hosted by Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties (PPOSBC) and the Santos Manuel Student Union Women's Resource Center at CSUSB.

The young women took part in workshops on body image and eating disorders; "sexting" and safety, which was offered this year for the first time; and STDs and teen pregnancy. A separate workshop was offered for the teens' parents, educators, and caregivers.

As part of its Public Schools Project, PPOSBC audits high school districts in the county to assess the sex education curricula being offered. "What we have found is that schools are providing sex education, but it's not comprehensive," said Robert Armenia Jr., PPOSBC's vice president of community affairs. "Teens are not getting the sexual education needed to make wise decisions." San Bernardino County has California's 10th-highest rate of teenage pregnancy. The number of young women taking part in the conference this year, more than 350, was the largest in the event's history.