Risky Behavior is Focus of Saturday Program for Teens

May 09, 2002
News Office: Twink Stern (415) 502-6397

Eating disorders and other risky behaviors are the focus of a special program for adolescent girls and their families schedule from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 1, in Cole Hall at UCSF.

The event, co-sponsored by UCSF's National Center of Excellence in Women's Health and the California Women's Mental Health Policy Council, will include the movie "Coming of Age...At High Risk."

State Sen. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) will welcome the group, then the movie by producer/director Dan Wiesburd will be screened. An audience discussion will follow with Dr. Lynn E. Ponton, UCSF professor of psychiatry and a leader in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Ponton, one of the experts featured in the movie, has written several books on teen-agers and risk taking as well as the sexual behaviors of adolescents. She will be joined by a few young women who discuss their specific eating disorders or risky behaviors in the film. Another expert who was interviewed in the film is Dr. Richard G. MacKenzie, World Health Organization leader and past president of the Society of Adolescent Medicine.

Following the program, the audience will be encouraged to go to an exhibit area which features resources for dealing with eating disorders and other risky behaviors.

Admission is a $5 donation at the door. To pre-register for the event, call (916) 556-3480, x137 or visit the Web site and click on "trainings."

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