Support local students during “What The Health!?!” teen health fairs by providing wellness opportunities and resources: vendors and donations sought
The Monroe County Health Department and Womankind are once again partnering with their new twist on the traditional health fair, aiming to not only support teens with information on the risk behaviors typically found among high school students but also advocating for and providing wellness opportunities and resources from the local communities in which they live. “What The Health!?!: A Wellness Fair for Florida Keys Teens” will take place this March at Marathon High School (March 2), Key West High School (March 6), and Coral Shores High School (March 3), reaching nearly 3,000 high school students throughout Monroe County.
“Our mission is to help teens recognize healthy and unhealthy habits, know what their resources are, and make it easy for them to reach out for help when they need it,” says Cali Roberts, Womankind Executive Director. “We also want to remind them that there are many activities and volunteer opportunities available to them that are not only fun, but very unique to our subtropical region.”
Today’s teens face mounting pressures like no other generation— social media overuse, mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and suicide ideation, substance abuse, sexual activity, pregnancy, and STD’s, obesity, peer pressure, smoking and vaping, bullying or being bullied, boredom, bulimia, anorexia, and nutritional issues, and academic challenges. State and county Youth Risk survey statistics are alarming: 13% carry a weapon, 17% vape or smoke, 35% text or email while driving, only 59% used a condom during last sexual intercourse, 16% have seriously considered suicide.
The fairs will provide students with opportunities to explore topics they might otherwise feel too nervous or “cool” to ask about and to discover the many resources available that can help support them on their adolescent journey. Some will be health-related while others will be about what’s both fun and safe: places to go on a Friday night, entertaining but healthy ways to spend a Saturday afternoon, activities they can enjoy with their peers, and volunteer opportunities they may not know about.
So far, the collaborative community partnership includes Womankind, Monroe County Health Department, The Guidance Care Center, and University of Miami's Walk Safe/ Bike Safe, and they are looking for other local businesses and organizations to participate or donate in support of the health and wellness of Monroe County teens. “What the Health!?!” 2019 was a huge success, with the participation of 19 nonprofit and commercial organizations and the engagement of 2,638 Monroe County Teens.
To participate in or be a sponsor of “What The Health!?!: A Health Fair for Florida Keys Teens,” contact Cali Roberts at email@example.com. Womankind is located at 1511 Truman Avenue, across the street from Bayview Park, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.