In honor of the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a luncheon was held at the Hilton Garden Inn Wednesday afternoon.This annual luncheon is in place to demonstrate the benefits and importance of sex education and healthy relationships in order to decrease teen pregnancy.Angie Barber, Director of Network of Trust School Health Program, said The hope for today is to bring information and awareness to our community to help all of us be aware that teen pregnancy is something we want to work forward to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy.This event included 16 students from the Personal Responsibility Education Program, a grant funded by the University of Georgia. Under this program, students volunteer their time twice a week for 16 weeks to learn about sex education and healthy relationships from UGA staff.Members from the Taking Time for Teens Coalition, Dougherty County Health Department, Dougherty County School System, and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital TMs Network of Trust came out to support the cause.Debra Willingham, Youth Development Coordinator for the Southwest Public Health District, says today was about how the issue of teen pregnancy impacts the community and as a community what we can do to change it, the essential part of it is education.Willingham adds she believes this education should be provided throughout more schools in order to prevent teen pregnancy.
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