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'Girl to Girl' health seminar teaches young women

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 22, 2004) -- The young women of Athens County are invited to come together for "Girl to Girl: Tips for Growing up Healthy and Strong." Girls ages 13 to 17 are encouraged to attend this young women's health seminar Saturday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Trimble High School in Glouster.

Young women will be showered with tips on how to make successful choices involving relationships, nutrition, health and fitness. Ohio University Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Shanele Stires will be on hand to educate young women on the importance of physical activity; Cheryl Cesta, women's self-defense instructor and public-safety instructor at Hocking College, will give a demonstration on self defense; Marge Lang, registered dietician and diabetes educator, will discuss nutrition.

"With the high rates of obesity and popularity of fad diets, we felt physical fitness and nutrition would be helpful topics for young girls to know," said Janice Smith, health educator for Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine's Community Service Programs. "It is important that girls make the right nutritional choices."

The seminar is sponsored by Community Service Program, the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention Program, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction, the Area Health Education Center, and OU-COM.

The event is part of Women's Health Month, which is devoted to educating Ohio women about various aspects of female health.

Parents also are welcome to attend the free seminar. For more information, contact Janice Smith at (740) 593-9127 or P.J. Guthrie at (740) 767-3951.

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