HealthCorps and Kentucky State Health Commissioner to Address the Addiction Crisis in Kentucky on November 13
Knox County, Kentucky (November 9, 2018) – On Tuesday November 13, high school students from three different Knox County schools (Barbourville Independent High School, Knox Central High School and Lynn Camp High School) will attend an assembly to discuss alcohol and drug addiction at Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The assembly is presented by HealthCorps, a national health and wellness nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz dedicated to making students stronger, Anthem Foundation and Partners for Education Berea College.
The event is organized in conjunction with HealthCorps’ National Night of Conversation (NNOC), an initiative created by HealthCorps founder, Dr. Mehmet Oz. NNOC brings families together specifically to have an open conversation about alcohol and drugs. Families are encouraged to have this conversation over dinner, because research shows that children who have dinner with their families have a lower risk of drug use.
“Educating our youth about the dangers of opioids is vital to helping with the opioid crisis in our area. Our hope is that National Night of Conversation will help spur on conversations, deepen support relationships, and talk about the elephant in the room: drugs/alcohol,” said HealthCorps coordinator Lisa Woodlee.
Keynote speaker for the event will be Kentucky State Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey Howard. Commissioner Howard is dedicated to combating the opioid epidemic as Kentucky’s number-one public health focus.
HealthCorps is a 501 (c)(3) that works in high need high schools to give teens tools to improve physical and mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives.
Founded in 2003 by Dr. Mehmet Oz, HealthCorps’ mission is to strengthen communities with the most innovative approaches to health and wellness to help the next generation be more resilient, both mentally and physically.
HealthCorps students exercise more, eat better and practice positive thought.
About HealthCorps and Berea College
HealthCorps and Berea College announced their partnership in 2015 to help bring health and wellness education to the Appalachian region. In March 2016, HealthCorps and Berea College held a two-day training for teachers and support personal across Jackson, Knox, Leslie and Madison counties on optimizing student success while infusing the three pillars of the HealthCorps curriculum: nutrition, fitness and mental resilience.
The HealthCorps programs in Knox County are paid for by funds from the Federal Promise Neighborhood and Anthem Foundation.