As kids grow from grade-schoolers to preteens they are confronted with a wide range of perceptions about what is "normal" when it comes to height, weight, shape and even emotions.

This time of change is also when kids start to have feelings about how they look and how they're growing. It's common for girls in particular to worry about being overweight or "too big," while boys tend to be sensitive about being too short.

In an effort to ease the transition period for these girls, 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 30, at 6 p.m. in the Good Samaritan Health Center Cafeteria. Advanced registration is required by calling Good Samaritan Health Center’s Community Health and Wellness at 715.539.5090

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 Kathy Klippel, 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.

A member of the Ministry Health Care System, Good Samaritan Health Center was founded in 1923 by the Holy Cross Sisters. It is a primary care hospital providing inpatient care and surgery, outpatient surgery, oncology services, spiritual services, extended care, a full range of therapy, radiology and laboratory services as well as respite, emergency, and walk-in clinic services.

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