Adrienne Byrne-Lutz, MS
1900 E. 9th St.
Wichita, KS 67214
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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 -
Advocates for Youth -
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -
Stay Teen - www.stayteen.org
It's Your Sex Life -
"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
can view the personalized reproductive life plan worksheet here.
Click here for a printable resource
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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