[18 Apr 12] A study day titled "Girls' health: risks and prevention" was held on March 28 as part of the efforts to develop healthcare solutions in Warm Homes for teenage girls. Some 250 people attended – coordinators and mothers of girls visiting the Warm Homes, senior personnel of the Welfare Ministry and social workers in the local authorities, as well as staff from youth villages and youth centers.
The awareness of the unique needs of teen girls – as different from those of boys – has been growing in recent years. Girls at risk in particular tend towards behavior that threatens their health and wellbeing. Their distress, which is often expressed in distinctive ways, requires appropriate responses.
The instruction focused mainly on eating disorders and sexuality, and was presented in both Hebrew and Arabic, with culturally sensitive contents. In addition to lectures, there was a Health Fair offering tips for cooking healthy food, information on the latest healthcare news, and even BMI scales. The refreshments included a lot of vegetables but no sweetened drinks. Finally, every Warm Home received a copy of the book "Women and their Bodies", covering the full range of women's health issues.