Students and Educators from Five Counties to Learn from Experts at Annual Youth Health Summit March 14

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Middle school students, teachers, counselors and administrators from four Southeastern North Carolina counties and 12 schools will learn how to live healthier lives at the fifth annual University of North Carolina Youth Health Summit 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. March 14 in McNeill Hall.

Two hundred and thirty students from New Hanover, Duplin, Brunswick and Columbus County schools will learn about a wide range of healthcare issues including bullying, drug abuse, obesity, managing stress and more.

Sessions will be facilitated by nearly 50 volunteers, including UNC Wilmington students and professionals from numerous healthcare agencies. O'Dell Graham, the educational talent search counselor at Southeastern Community College, will be the keynote speaker. Since 2008, nearly 1,100 students have participated in the annual summits.

The best opportunities for media interviews will be in Room 1051 at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and noon.

Highlighted workshops:

The World of Youth - Travis Corpening in Room 1005 - will focus on the stresses teenagers face and how they can manage these stressors
Obesity prevention - UNCW undergraduate student Richelle Fonville in Room 1028 - participants will dance to music as they learn about the problem of obesity
C Tobacco Prevention Program - UNCW undergraduate students in Room 1031

Bullying - UNCW counselor in Room 1030 - students will learn how to cope with and prevent bullying

General schedule:

8 - 9 a.m. - bus drop off and school sign-in and registrations in the Lobby

9 - 10:20 a.m. - welcome and keynote speaker O'dell Graham in Room 1005

10:30 - 11:10 a.m. - session 1 presentations in Rooms 1005, 1027, 1028, 1030, 1031, 1038, and 1051

11:15 - 11:55 a.m. - session 2 presentations in Rooms 1005, 1027, 1028, 1030, 1031, 1038, and 1051

Noon - 12:40 p.m. - session 3 presentations in Rooms 1005, 1027, 1028, 1030, 1031, 1038, and 1051

12:40 - 1:15 p.m. - closing, exhibits in 1051

Media contact:
Joy Davis, UNCW Marketing and Communications, 910.632.3903 or davisjc@uncw.edu