Pennsylvania Teen Health Week

By Ann P. Mon, January 9, 2017

Pennsylvania Teen Health Week 2017 takes place January 9-13. The second annual state-wide week of awareness is unique in that it focuses on a holistic view of teen health and seeks to raise awareness of the health issues facing Pennsylvania teens. Through a variety of programs and activities, teens are encouraged to take charge of their physical and mental health to facilitate healthy choices they will carry throughout their lives. Teen Health Week was started by Dr. Laura Offutt (who also runs the very informative and resource-laden website Real Talk with Dr. Offutt), the Center for Education and Public Initiatives at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Each day this week will focus on a specific aspect of teen health:

  • Monday, January 9: Nutrition and Fitness
  • Tuesday, January 10: Violence Prevention
  • Wednesday, January 11: Mental Health
  • Thursday, January 12: Sexual Health
  • Friday, January 13: Substance Use


To get a better idea of Teen Health Week, view some highlights from last year.


Free Library of Philadelphia will be participating throughout the week with events such as:

Learn How to Cook a Healthy Breakfast
Whitman Library
Monday, January 9
4:00 p.m.

In this hands-on workshop, teens will learn how to cook a nutritious breakfast of banana pancakes and fruit smoothies. Each teen will cook (and eat) a pancake and smoothie! Information on how to find other healthy, teen-friendly recipes will be provided. #PATEENHEALTHWEEK2017


For more teen health-focused events and programs, booklists, and digital resources available at Free Library, visit our Teens page!

#PATEENHEALTHWEEK2017

Pennsylvania Teen Health Week January 9 - 13
Pennsylvania Teen Health Week January 9 - 13
Teen breakout session
Teen breakout session
Teen health resources at Free Library
Teen health resources at Free Library

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