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Houston Eighth Graders Attend Health Forum
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More than 2,000 teenagers attended the Teen Health Forum at the Fairgrounds in Perry.

Eighth graders from all Houston County middle schools and private schools attended the event.

They learned how to make the right decisions when faced with peer pressure and other major issues that can impact their futures.

The day consisted of guest speakers who talked about issues such as alcohol, drugs, sex, health and nutrition, and much more.

Johnathan Harkins from Bonaire Middle School says he was shocked by what he didn't know.

Harkins was one of many students who say they learned a lot from the forum.

"I think this will help me and my other students to just know that it's not a joking matter and that it's serious, and that if they learn about the consequences, then they can be protected and be careful," said Alison Tribble.

Director of Community Education for Houston Healthcare, Beth Jones says they do the forum each year to prepare the students.

"We are targeting the issues that we know are facing our teens today, and we target eighth graders because we find this is an age where they really start making decisions for themselves," Jones said.

She wants the students to be able to make the right decisions and see what the consequences are for making the wrong ones.

This marks the 20th year the Teen Health Forum has been held.

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