Healthy Teens, Healthy Tomorrow:
The Healthy Teens, Healthy Tomorrow: Teen Summits aim to empower students with a heightened awareness regarding the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, disease prevention, and organ donation. The Teen Summits educate minority youth in the Greater Cleveland area in nutrition and wellness, body and kidney health, and organ/tissue donation and transplantation. Interactive breakout sessions with health professionals including nutritionists, fitness instructors, and doctors/nurses, provide teens with comprehensive information to help students prevent the onset of kidney failure and related chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.
BMI and blood pressure screenings are offered and teens are given the opportunity to receive information regarding the risk factors and importance of preventative care from local organizations that offer health services. Teens are encouraged to share the information with family through pre and post-tests.
The program is an ongoing collaborative effort of Cleveland MOTTEP, The Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Lifebanc and The Center for Reducing Health Disparities. Generous financial support for the program has been provided by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and The Mt. Sinai Healthcare Foundation.