The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will host an Adolescent Health Symposium in Madison, February 14-15. Topics on health education and adolescent wellness will be organized into three tracks including risk factors, health promotion and protective factors, and emerging issues.
Keynotes for the symposium are Dr. Richard C. Wender, the chief cancer control officer of the American Cancer Society; Mettie Spiess, CWP, an award-winning mental health advocate, professional speaker and founder of Hope Heroes Unite; and Bob Lenz, author, and founder and President of Life Promotions.
Dr. Wender will kick off the event by examining the importance of early support for children and factors that increase the likelihood that adolescents will adopt healthy behaviors. Recent concerns about electronic nicotine devices will also be addressed.
Mettie Spiess will start the afternoon session of day one by providing insight into common mindsets of students who struggle with suicidal thoughts and how to support them while raising awareness for mental health supports in schools.
Bob Lenz will open day two with a focus on bullying prevention efforts alongside hands-on activities for intervention protocols to effectively report bullying incidents.
All educators and health and human service professionals are encouraged to attend.
The Adolescent Health Symposium is presented in cooperation with the UW-La Crosse Department of Health Education and Health Promotion and Community Health, UW-La Crosse Continuing Education and Extension, and the UW Oshkosh Division of Online and Continuing Education.
For more information, including how to register, visit the UW-Oshkosh Division of Online and Continuing Education website.