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A global initiative to help teens take charge of their health

"The most important thing that you can do to maintain good physical and mental health and to assure yourself of equal opportunity in the future is to stay in school and get an education."

-- Statement from the Section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Teen Health Week 2019



Established in 2016 as a joint program of the Center for Education of the College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaReal 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.


What originally started in Pennsylvania as a statewide health initiative expanded to a global program, with participating events and activities in 37 countries on 6 continents! 

TEEN HEALTH WEEK: April 1-7, 2019


Mark your calendars! TEEN HEALTH WEEK will take place April 1-7, 2019. Each day will focus on a specific theme related to teen health. The themes for TEEN HEALTH WEEK  will be:


Monday, April 1: Gender and Sexual Development

Tuesday, April 2: Nutrition and Oral Health

• Wednesday, April 3: Preventive Care and Vaccines

Thursday, April 4: Violence and Mental Health

• Friday, April 5: Substance Use and Misuse

• Saturday, April 6: Community-Specific Teen Health

• Sunday, April 7: Community-Specific Teen Health

(April 6 and 7 are open for individual organizations to focus on other themes relevant to their audiences and communities.)

TEEN HEALTH WEEK℠: The Gauntlet - April 5, 2019

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@ The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103)

Friday, April 5, 2019


Register Now!


Mark your calendar for our annual TEEN HEALTH WEEK ℠ celebration. This FREE event brings together local teen health organizations and experts who will inform you about ways to stay healthy and foster healthy habits that will benefit you for years to come!


This year's festivities have an exciting twist: register you and your friends in a team to compete in teen health challenges. Lucky conestants will take on the ultimate TEEN HEALTH WEEK ℠ challenge: The Gauntlet! Do you have what it takes to be a true Teen Health champion?


Show your support for TEEN HEALTH WEEK ℠. Learn about our 2019 themes. Most important: free food and fabulous prizes.


 The event is free to teens CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Stay Informed on TEEN HEALTH WEEK 


Interested in learning more about TEEN HEALTH WEEK ? Contact us:

How You Can Get Involved


Looking for ways to promote TEEN HEALTH WEEK℠ but don't know where to start? There are many ways for individuals and organizations to get involved. Here are just a few examples: 

•                 Use the week to leverage relevant aspects of your organization’s mission.

•                 Buy an official TEEN HEALTH WEEK℠ t-shirt and encourage friends/colleagues to do

                   the same.

•                 Share educational materials relevant to each day’s theme; check our Resources page

                   for more information.

                 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. For examples of past

                   articles, see our THW in the News page.

•                 Use social media to share relevant health messages and information, using the

                   hashtags #TeenHealthWeek and #TeenHealthWeek2019.

                 Promote the use of TEEN HEALTH WEEK  colors for materials and spirit wear. Mint

                   green is the color of TEEN HEALTH WEEK℠.

•                 Ask community buildings/bridges to use mint green event lighting. 

•                 Ask regional/state/county governments to observe the week with a

                   Resolution/Proclamation (Here is an example from the American Medical Association)



Organizations interested in hosting a TEEN HEALTH WEEK ℠ event can fill out the survey below:

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TEEN HEALTH WEEK℠ Endorsements:


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

•                 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

•                 PennCare - Adolescent and Young Adult Associates

Spread the word!

Follow TEEN HEALTH WEEK ℠ (@teenhealthweek) on Twitter and Instagram for information on teen health related issues and events! 


Remember to share the hashtag #TeenHealthWeek2019 

Wear your support for TEEN HEALTH WEEK℠!
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