Health, wellness summit planned for teens

BROOKINGS – South Dakota teens are invited to attend a two-day wellness summit June 14-15, held at the SDSU Wellness Center on the campus of South Dakota State University.

"We are looking for teens who are motivated and engaged learners and excited about being a healthy living role model for their community," said Tara Shafrath, SDSU Extension health and physical activity field specialist. "This summit provides teens with an opportunity to learn about the seven dimensions of wellness and prepares them to advocate for health and wellness."

Shafrath is collaborating with Nikki Prosch, SDSU Extension health and physical activity field specialist, to host the event. It’s designed for 50 South Dakota teens eager to learn and share health and wellness education and information with their community.

"The educational resources provided are meant to enrich 50 teenagers from across South Dakota with wellness-based knowledge, while empowering them to serve as a wellness ambassador within their respective communities," Prosch said.

Shafrath and Prosch said they are looking for teens who have the ability and willingness to partner and speak with adults, other peers and community members about health and wellness topics.

"Following the Wellness Summit, we will ask the teens to participate in a volunteer service project that promotes healthy living messages and education within the community," Shafrath explained.

The event is sponsored by First Bank and Trust, Brookings Health System, Bel Brands and the Midwest Dairy Council.

Registration for the event ends May 31. To register, go to:

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