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Palmetto Health’s Teen Initiative recently recognized Fulmer Middle School as the 2013 Teen Talk School of the Year. Teen Talk is a teen health program held at more than 35 middle and high schools in Richland and Lexington counties. Participants attend weekly lunchtime sessions where they talk openly about topics such as teen pregnancy, self-esteem, decision-making and peer pressure.
Fulmer Middle School was recognized for enrolling more than 80 students into their program, encouraging students to participate in weekly sessions and for consistently providing updates to the Teen Talk program staff. Dr. Traci Young Cooper, Palmetto Health’s Community Health committee chair, was there to offer her congratulations to the school. The award also recognized the career development facilitator, Debbie Manos, who oversees the program and has been a strong advocate for Teen Talk, as well as the school principal, Dixon Brooks.
“The Teen Talk program has proved to be a very effective program with our students,” said Manos. “Students have shared that Teen Talk has helped them to build their self confidence, set goals for the future and handle peer pressure. I'm very appreciative of the support from the entire school for this program.”
In addition to its school program, Teen Talk is held at various community sites during the summer. For more information, call 803-296-CARE (2273) or visit PalmettoHealth.org/TeenTalk.
About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest healthcare system in the Midlands and third largest non-governmental employer in South Carolina, is composed of more than 10,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s vision: to be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes four acute-care hospitals—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital and Palmetto Health Richland—as well as an expansive physician practice network, dozens of affiliated clinics and specialty care practices, and a 501(c)(3) foundation. Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, the region’s newest hospital located in northwest Columbia, is scheduled to open in December 2013. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, Palmetto Health also trains the next generation of physicians through its 23 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit www.PalmettoHealth.org.