Teen Health Week 2018 Facebook Event
Teen Health Week
A global initiative to help teens take charge of their health

Teen Health Week is a global health initiative that seeks to:

  • Increase recognition of the unique health issues facing teens worldwide by both adults and teens
  • Increase engagement of teens in their own health decisions
  • Stimulate events worldwide highlighting issues facing teens and ways to address them during Global Teen Health Week.

Thank you to everyone who took part in Teen Health Week 2018! What originally started in Pennsylvania as a statewide health initiative expanded to a global program, with participating and events and activities in 37 countries on 6 continents! 

Special thanks go out to our sponsors!

Interested in learning more about Teen Health Week? Contact us: teenhealthweek@collegeofphysicians.org

Global Teen Health Week 2018

Global Teen Health Week 2018 Short Version

Understanding Gender Identity and Development in 2018


 Here are just a few examples of easy ways that teens and their advocates can get involved:    

•                 Use the week to leverage relevant aspects of your organization’s mission.

•                 Share educational materials relevant to each day’s theme.

                 Facilitate educational events through student clubs, public health organizations, 

                   medical practices; youth-focused groups.

•                 Honor youth, professionals, and organizations who actively promote adolescent health.

•                 Publish relevant articles / letters in local and regional press.

•                 Use social media to share relevant health messages and information.

                 Promote the use of lime green for materials and spirit wear.

•                 Ask community buildings/bridges to use lime green event lighting. 

•                 Ask regional/state/county government sto observe the week with a

                   Resolution/Proclamation (Here is an example from the American Medical Association)


You may also make use of official Teen Health Week promotional materials available  under our Resources tab.  There you can access images, logos, and communications toolkits for both Teen Health Week as a whole and for each specifc theme. 

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About Teen Health Week


Teen Health Week is the brainchild of Laura Offutt MD, a physician and Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia as well as an adolescent health advocate and digital health literacy expert. Established in 2016 as a joint program of the Center for Education of the College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaReal Talk with Dr. Offutt, and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, Teen Health Week is a global initiative to raise awareness of the unique health issues facing teens all over the world. Through a wide variety of local, state, national, and international programs and activities, Teen Health Week encourages teens to take charge of their physical and mental health to facilitate healthy habits they will carry with them throughout their lives.


Teen Health Week 2018 took place March 18-24, 2018. Each day focused on a specific theme related to teen health: 


Sunday, March 18: Violence Prevention
Monday, March 19: Preventive Care and Vaccines
Tuesday, March 20: Healthy Diet and Exercise

Wednesday, March 21: Mental Health

Thursday, March 22: Sexual Development and Health

Friday, March 23: Substance Use and Abuse

Saturday, March 24: Oral Health 




Teen Health Week has been endorsed by the following organizations:
•                 American Medical Association

•                 Center for Public Health and Preventive Medicine, The College of Physicians of


•                 City of Philadelphia

•                 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

•                 PennCare - Adolescent and Young Adult Associates

Wear Green for Teen Health!

Lime green is the color of Teen Health Week, so be sure to show your support by wearing something lime green or sharing our logo on your preferred social media platform!

Get Involved!

Follow Teen Health Week on Twitter and Instagram, #2018teenhealth, for information on teen health related issues and events! 

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