Teens, sign up for healthy lifestyle summit by March 28

March 23, 2014

By Erika Kumar

NEW — 6 a.m. March 23, 2014

Although drug abuse is a widely discussed topic, few dig deeper into the underlying causes, the reasons why youths would start risking their health by using dangerous substances.

Today’s generation of teenagers are faced with unprecedented challenges on a daily basis: family conflicts, rigorous schoolwork, bullying, peer pressure and sky-high parental expectations, just to name a few.

To address this widespread issue, the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board will host State of Mind: Finding a Balance in Your Life, a free event focused on empowering youths to help them achieve a healthy lifestyle. All middle and high school students from the Issaquah School District are invited.

It is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Issaquah Community Center. To register, teens should email issaquahstateofmind@gmail.com or call Cathy Jones at 837-3317 by March 28. The event is hosted in conjunction with Issaquah Parks & Recreation and the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition. Community service hours will be given for attending.

Two sessions will feature three speakers who will discuss stress management, the effects of drugs on the developing body, and nutrition and sleep. Small group discussions and self-empowerment will be the focus of this event. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of themselves and a healthier lifestyle, as well as the skills needed to manage stress.

Everyone will have fun interacting with their peers in a comfortable environment, so register today!

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