“Healthy Youth Act” Introduced in South Carolina House of Representatives
Feb 3, 2017
Columbia, SC – February 2, 2017 The “Healthy Youth Act,” H. 3663, was introduced in the South Carolina House of Representatives Thursday with bipartisan support.
The “Healthy Youth Act” would update the 28 year old Comprehensive Health Education Act (CHEA) by holding school districts accountable for teaching all mandated health education and ensuring the use of evidence-based interventions that have been rigorously evaluated, are supported by credible scientific studies and are proven effective at reducing risky behaviors.
“Health education, particularly reproductive health education, is critical to helping young people lead healthy lives and make informed decisions,” said Ann Warner, CEO of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN). “This legislation is an important step in ensuring that all South Carolina students have the instruction they need to cultivate responsible personal values and behaviors, as well as the skills to resist peer pressure.”