On Thursday, September 7th from 5:30pm-7pm, Peoria Accelerated High School will be holding a Kick-off event for our new High School Health and Wellness (HSHW) Program. Thanks to a 3-year grant overseen by the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith, and Family, we will be able to provide a comprehensive substance use prevention program for our students. Multiple health and wellness agencies geared towards teens will be present and providing information about their services within our community. We will be setting up Fatal Vision marijuana activities in our classrooms in order to provide a hands-on learning experience as to how drugs can effect cognitive functioning.
The goal of the HSHW Program is to prevent the onset of underage drinking, marijuana use, and prescription drug misuse while creating a healthy learning environment. We are also utilizing an evidence-based approach to encourage healthy choices through our student club Something Better. Held every Friday, students have the ability to participate in a group aimed at reducing risky behaviors while also having fun.