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[May 5,2010]

SUNY Downstate to Educate Youth about Health, May 7

SUNY Downstate Medical Center's 5th annual Dine & Learn Healthy Youth Symposium – this year titled “R U Serious? Teen Health Really Matters!” – will take place Friday, May 7, 2009, from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Midwood High School at Brooklyn College, 2839 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11210 (between Campus and Glenwood Roads).

As part of HIV/AIDS education, which focuses on raising awareness about the advantages of delaying sexual activities and the benefits of practicing safer sex, Brazilian artist Adriana Bertini will present a fashion show with dresses she has made from condoms. Her creations recently were featured on WNBC-TV. Rapid HIV testing and counseling and non-invasive screenings for sexually transmitted diseases will also be available.

Physicians from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and other experts will offer talks on a variety of health topics and violence prevention. Young people age 13 and older are invited but those between 13 and 17 must have consent forms signed by a parent or guardian.

Exhibitors and organizations will be on hand to offer youth health information and other support services in the areas of education/career development, fitness/weight loss, nutrition, finance, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, managed care, skin, hair and dental care, and youth empowerment.

Beat, rap, dance, and “Stomp Out AIDS” performances are also part of the program, with music by E/NYCE and JSTARR.

Dinner will be served and gift bags will be distributed to each young person as a token of appreciation for his or her participation. Some participants will also win prizes (gift cards, certificates and coupons) during question-and-answer sessions.

To register, call 718-270-7350. Seating is limited.


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks ninth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.