The Rural Health Unit and the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Sto. Nino, in partnership with the Department of Health Region 12, conducted a series of activities as part of the Adolescent Health Celebration held at the Municipal Freedom Stage, Municipal Ground, Poblacion, Sto. Niño, South Cotabato on August 16, 2022. The activity is aimed at providing the participants with sufficient knowledge about the importance of nutrition and increasing their awareness of adolescent health and development issues. Lecturers who came from the different national and local government agencies revolved the discussion on adolescent health issues which include Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), reproductive health, mental health, substance use, safe sex practices, nutrition for adolescents, and physical activity for better health, and the facilitation of interactive workshops which intend to promote adolescent health awareness and healthy lifestyle. DOH XII Assistant Regional Director Dr. Sulpicio Henry M. Legaspi Jr. highlighted the social responsibilities of the participants and the need for self-evaluation in order for them to make the goals of this activity happen. On the other hand, Municipal Mayor Sulpicio F. Villalobos, in his message, described adolescence as an exciting phase of life where an individual discovers so much about self and reality. Still, he cautioned that these young adults must be grounded and conscious in their decision-making which could eventually affect his holistic growth. The participants are RHU Staff Members, Youth representatives from each barangay, professional health care providers, and other stakeholders.

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