Palmetto Health presents free 2018 Teen Health Summit

Free annual summit designed to address issues facing teens

Palmetto Health invites teens and parents to the 2018 Teen Health Summit Friday, June 8, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at Dreher High School, 3319 Millwood Ave. This year’s theme is “Explicit Truth: Leaving Nothing Merely Behind.” The free event will address issues that teens battle during the school year and throughout the summer. Students in grades six through 12 are invited. Registration and parent/guardian permission are required. There will be free transportation from the Sumter and lower Richland areas. Registration is required.

Since its inception in 2004, more than 5,500 students have attended the Teen Health Summit. The event focuses on healthy relationships, bullying, college life, nutrition and more. Parents also are invited, and can learn about specially designed parenting topics in a separate session.

Teens who register for the summit by Friday, June 1, will be entered into a drawing for $500 shopping spree. A free lunch will be provided by Chick-Fil-A, and the day will conclude with an ice cream social courtesy of Baskin Robbins.

“We want students who attend this event to walk away feeling more empowered about their health, outlook and overall well-being,” said Talarria Jackson, director, Palmetto Health Office of Community Health. “We believe that the students value the event and what they learn since some of the same students come back each year and leave empowered about making healthy life decisions.”

For more information or to register, call 803-296-CARE (2273). Online registration for the event also is available at

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