The Healthy Today, Healthy Tomorrow program provides preconception health education in Wichita secondary schools. Students are encouraged to think about how their choices today on health and risk behaviors affect their ability to have healthy children in the future.
When teens and parents have questions about STDs, pregnancy prevention, or prenatal and parenting education, it can be difficult to know where to find information from trustworthy sources. Healthy Today, Healthy Tomorrow helps teens and parents get the best, most accurate information. Call 660-1122 or use the links below to get more information from these resources.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy,
Reducing the Risk - ETR Associates
Advocates for Youth - www.advocatesforyouth.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - www.cdc.gov
Stay Teen - www.stayteen.org
It's Your Sex Life - www.itsyoursexlife.com
"Things have changed since we were kids." That phrase likely runs through the minds of parents across the country, maybe the world, every day. And it's true. It's especially true when it comes to topics such as technology, the value of money, and health information and practices. There's a lot to keep up with and, fortunately or unfortunately, our kids often adapt more quickly than we do. The information on this site is designed to help you stay informed about the health issues our community's kids are facing, what they are learning about managing their own health, and how to navigate the abundance of information out there.
The Sedgwick County community has a health issue that is affecting it's youngest members: low birth weight and infant mortality. The rate of low birth weight in Sedgwick County is higher than throughout the state of Kansas and often higher than national rates. The infant mortality rate is higher than both the state and national rates.
The Healthy Babies program within the health department focuses on a number of initiatives designed to improve birth outcomes. Studies have shown that a healthy pregnancy and baby begin in the years far before conception - including the teenage years. So, in effort to limit teen pregnancy and inform teens that the choices they make today will affect their future health, the Healthy Babies program partnered with the Wichita Public Schools to offer a program called “Healthy Today, Healthy Tomorrow.” The education provided focuses on the importance of adolescents taking an active role in their own preconception/reproductive health. Education is provided to eighth grade science classes and ninth grade physical education classes.
The curriculum focuses on the current choices adolescents are making regarding their health and risky behaviors, and how the choices that they are making today can have an impact on their own health, as well as the health of their future children. Discussions include topics such as nutrition/exercise, importance of folic acid, becoming familiar with your family’s health history, smoking, drinking, illegal drugs, "sexting" and online activities, parenthood, STDs, protection methods, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, and parent-student communication.
A curriculum titled "Reducing the Risk: Building Skills to Prevent Pregnancy, STD & HIV" is used in the ninth grade classes as part of the Human Growth & Development component during physical education courses. The lessons teach ways to prevent HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and pregnancy. Students will learn how HIV and other STDs are transmitted and how teens can best protect themselves. Abstinence—choosing not to have sex—is taught as the best choice for students. Accurate information about other protection methods also is provided. Reducing the Risk is an evidence-based program that has been shown to delay sexual involvement.
Students are asked to complete a reproductive life plan that helps them visualize their preferred futures and consider the outcomes of the choices they make. You can view the personalized reproductive life plan worksheet here.