Good Samaritan Health Center to Host Pre-Teen Educational Program for Girls

In today’s world, kids are exposed to so much information about sex and relationships on TV and the Internet that by the time they approach puberty, they may believe they are familiar with some advanced ideas. And yet, talking about the issues of puberty remains an important job for parents because not all of a child's information comes from reliable sources.

In an effort to ease the transition period for these girls, Ministry Health Care’s Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill will host “About You Girls,” an educational program for fourth grade girls accompanied by an adult woman. This free program will be held on Monday, March 22, at 6 p.m. in the Good Samaritan Health Center Cafeteria.

Area health care professionals will present on the physical and emotional changes girls may experience and provide insight into healthy habits that may positively influence these important years.

Presenters include Amy Nikolai, nurse practitioner from Marshfield Clinic – Merrill Center with information on the physical changes that girls can expect in this transition period. Deb Kohler, registered dietician at Good Samaritan Health Center will discuss healthy eating and provide insight into what is considered normal size/weight for girls of this age. Debra Zuelsdorff, physical therapy assistant from Good Samaritan Health Center will provide information on healthy exercise and attitudes toward sports. Mental Health Counselor Evelyn Lee of Family Counseling Services will focus on mother/daughter communication skills along with emotional changes.

Advanced registration is required by calling Good Samaritan Health Center’s Community Health and Wellness at 715.539.5090

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