The teen health fair hosted by the Sampson County Health Department last year was such a huge success, officials are planning to host a second fair next month.
“Last year was the first time Sampson County has ever held an event like this and it was successful,” Luke Smith, health educator with the health department said. “In all, we had about 130 participants last year and we expect more participants this year.
This year’s fair will be held May 3, at Clinton High School, from 3-6 p.m.
According to Smith, the Sampson County Partners for Healthy Carolinians and Sampson County Health Department wanted to reach out and educate teenagers about issues that relate to them and to bring awareness about resources that are available to teenagers within Sampson County should they ever need them. The teen health fair seemed to be an appropriate and beneficial choice.
Vendors include, but are not limited to, Sampson County Partners for Healthy Carolinians, Sampson County Health Department, Sampson County Department of Social Services, U Care, Inc., Center for Health + Wellness, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, CommWell Health and Eastpointe.
“Teens will receive an array of accurate information about topics they can relate to such as teen pregnancy prevention, tobacco prevention, substance abuse prevention, domestic violence, mental health, and nutrition,” Smith added.
The health fair, Smith shared, will offer various information and interactive booths, music, goody bags, Tshirts, incentives, door prizes and food. This event is free. Entertainment will include music by Cameron Leggett and Falcon Children’s Choir. Raffles will be done, but the teen must be present to win.
“We want to offer something that specifically targets the teenagers of Sampson County,” Smith said.
During last year’s health fair, a survey was provided to the teens asking what information they felt was beneficial during the health fair and what information was missing that could be useful in the future. Smith noted that the organizers took that information to help plan for this year’s fair.
Smith said the health department does offer services to teenagers on a confidential and free basis.
“We want them to get the help they need without feeling like they don’t have anywhere to go,” Smith said.
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