Peer Health Exchange

Peer Health Exchange

Peer Health Exchange

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thumb|right|280px| Peer Health Exchange LogoPeer Health Exchange is a 501(c)3 organization that was created to address health problems in today's youth. It is made up of college students in Boston, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and the Bay Area who volunteer in public high schools to teach health education classes. The goal of the non-profit organization is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. Peer Health Exchange does this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education <sup></sup>


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Due to staffing shortages and budget cuts in public high schools, sexual and health education has suffered. To prevent growing trends in adolescents engaging in risky or harmful behavior in sexual and personal spheres of their lives, Peer Health Exchange (PHE) works to provide this education. The Peer Health Exchange website lists these statistics: one in six teenagers are overweight or obese <sup></sup>, one in five sexually active teen girls becomes pregnant every year <sup></sup>, half of all adolescents who continue smoking will die eventually from a smoking-related illness <sup></sup>, one in five teenagers experiences violence in a relationship<sup></sup>, each year one in four sexually-active young people contract an STI <sup></sup>, and one in three teenagers is a...
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