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Event focuses on health for teens

Students from three Grant County schools gain healthy-living knowledge at the March 16 Teen Health Fair.
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Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on March 24, 2016 3:05PM

Dayville School students show a competitive spirit during the Jeopardy-style game sponsored by Grant County Safe Communities Coalition during last week’s Teen Health Fair at Grant Union.

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Dayville School students show a competitive spirit during the Jeopardy-style game sponsored by Grant County Safe Communities Coalition during last week’s Teen Health Fair at Grant Union.

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Grant County Deputy District Attorney Matt Ipson teaches the harms and consequences of sexting with a group at the Teen Health Fair held March 16 at Grant Union Junior-Senior High School. Ipson is assisted by Heart of Grant County representatives, Executive Director Shelly Whale, back left, victim advocate Cindy Kalin, and victim intervention specialist Kathy Smartt from the DA’s office.

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Grant County Deputy District Attorney Matt Ipson teaches the harms and consequences of sexting with a group at the Teen Health Fair held March 16 at Grant Union Junior-Senior High School. Ipson is assisted by Heart of Grant County representatives, Executive Director Shelly Whale, back left, victim advocate Cindy Kalin, and victim intervention specialist Kathy Smartt from the DA’s office.

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Grant County Health Department Manager Jessica Winegar, left, shows James Jones and Serena Pace the germs on their hands using a special liquid and a black light at the School-Based Health Center at Grant Union.

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Grant County Health Department Manager Jessica Winegar, left, shows James Jones and Serena Pace the germs on their hands using a special liquid and a black light at the School-Based Health Center at Grant Union.

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JOHN DAY — Junior high and high school students came away from the March 16 Teen Health Fair at Grant Union Junior-Senior High School armed with information on healthy living.

Students in grades seven through 12 from Grant Union, Prairie City and Dayville schools attended the event, sponsored by the Grant County Health Department and Grant County School-Based Health Clinic. All Grant County schools were invited.

Health Department manager Jessica Winegar coordinated the event, and several organizations had representatives teaching short workshops on a variety of topics.

The most popular of the 11 stations seemed to be the Jeopardy-style game about alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants and energy drinks, led by Russ Comer and Lisa Weigum of Grant County Safe Communities; the Oregon State University extension office’s smoothie bike, led by Shanna Northway; and the simulated driving game which shows what happens when people text while at the wheel, led by Haley and Debi Hueckman.

Students also learned about nutrition, good hand hygiene, dental health, bully prevention, common causes of ACL injuries and how to have a good night’s rest.

The Grant County Deputy District Attorney Matt Ipson and Heart of Grant County representatives also taught the consequences of sexting, and Blue Mountain Hospital District paramedics and EMTs taught what to do in case of 9-1-1 bleeding emergencies.

“So far, we have heard great things from the students,” Winegar said, adding they plan to continue to offer the event in the future.





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