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.