LA PUENTE – Bassett High School students joined more than 70 teens at the third annual Girls’ Health Rocks! Conference on March 9 to learn about issues surrounding puberty, eating and exercise, and mental health.
Maria Roman, a licensed social worker for the Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center and a presenter at the conference, grew up in La Puente and graduated from Bassett High School. Roman talked about teen dating violence and prevention, cyberbullying and sexting.
“It is important for teen girls to understand that mental health is just as important as physical health,” Roman said. “Violence and abuse are not only physical, but it is mental abuse and emotional, and being able to recognize signs of abuse is key in preventing the cycle to continue.”
Breakfast was provided, as well as goodie bags with notebooks, pens and other gift items. A concurrent program was held for parents.
“The goal of the conference is to empower young ladies with understanding and education on their changing body during the teen years,” said Marlen Garcia, Kaiser Permanente project manager. “The information is presented by physicians and other medical professionals, so we know that the young ladies and their parents will walk away with invaluable tools that will help them live a healthier lifestyle.”
03-09-19_BASSETT_GIRLS_1: Bassett High School students attend the third annual Girls’ Health Rocks! Conference on March 9 at the Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center.