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Health Awareness Week speakerColumbia High School hosted guest speakers each day this week from local hospitals, colleges and a police department as part of the school’s annual Health Awareness Week.

Students learned about current health issues including depression, internet safety and drug abuse.

“We educate students about a broad range of health issues, and vary it each year according to student need, interest and availability of speakers,” said health teacher and SADD advisor Lee Gordon. She organizes the annual event with SADD students.

Health Awareness Week Presentations

  • Drug Abuse – Hope House
  • Internet Safety – Colonie Police Officer Christopher Smith
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases – Albany Medical Center Residents
  • HIV/AIDS – Albany Medical Center Residents
  • Positive Psychology – Daniel Gregory, Ph.D., and Tim Wright, Ph.D., from Four Winds
  • Pharmaceuticals and Heroin – Albany School of Pharmacy
  • Gender Violence – Michael Fonda from St. Peter’s Health Partners Sexual Assault and Crime Victim’s Assistance Program