Teen Health Week is a global health initiative that seeks to:
- Increase recognition of the unique health issues facing teens worldwide by both adults and teens
- Increase engagement of teens in their own health decisions
- Stimulate events worldwide highlighting issues facing teens and ways to address them during Global Teen Health Week (March 18-24, 2018).
The first-ever Global Teen Health Week will be here before you know it! It is easy to be a part of a Global movement to focus communities around the world on teen health. This page has all the updated information that you need!
Here are just a few examples of easy ways that teens and their advocates can get involved:
• Use the week to leverage relevant aspects of your organization’s mission.
• Share educational materials relevant to each day’s theme.
• Facilitate educational events through student clubs, public health organizations,
medical practices; youth-focused groups.
• Honor youth, professionals, and organizations who actively promote adolescent health.
• Publish relevant articles / letters in local and regional press.
• Use social media to share relevant health messages and information (#teenhealth2018).
• Promote the use of lime green for materials and spirit wear.
• Wear the official Teen Health Week T-shirt (available here), or purchase some to give as
• Ask community buildings/bridges to use lime green event lighting.
• Ask regional/state/county government sto observe the week with a
Resolution/Proclamation (Here is an example from the American Medical Association)
We are developing toolkits for each day to help make it easy for you. Currently we have available a Communications Toolkit as well as digital art and logos under our Resources tab. By early 2018 we will have toolkits for each individual day, full of activities, social media and resources which you can use to help you bring this week to your communities.
About Teen Health Week
Teen Health Week is the brainchild of Laura Offutt MD, a physician and Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia as well as an adolescent health advocate and digital health literacy expert. Established in 2016 as a joint program of the Center for Education of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Real Talk with Dr. Offutt, and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, Teen Health Week is a global initiative to raise awareness of the unique health issues facing teens all over the world. Through a wide variety of local, state, national, and international programs and activities, Teen Health Week encourages teens to take charge of their physical and mental health to facilitate healthy habits they will carry with them throughout their lives.
Teen Health Week 2018 will take place March 18-24, 2018. Each day will focus on a specific theme related to teen health:
Sunday, March 18: Violence Prevention
Monday, March 19: Preventive Care and Vaccines
Tuesday, March 20: Healthy Diet and Exercise
Wednesday, March 21: Mental Health
Thursday, March 22: Sexual Development and Health
Friday, March 23: Substance Use and Abuse
Saturday, March 24: Oral Health
Teen Health Week has been endorsed by the following organizations:
• American Medical Association
• Center for Public Health and Preventive Medicine, The College of Physicians of
• City of Philadelphia
Lime green is the color of Teen Health Week, so be sure to show your support by wearing something lime green or sharing our logo on your preferred social media platform!