Ernest Ward Student Attend Health Fair, Learn About Dangers

April 26, 2008

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Ernest Ward Middle School students attended a health fair Friday. There were no high blood pressure of cholesterol screening tests, but there was plenty of information about some of the biggest health risks facing young teens today…violence, drug abuse and alcohol abuse.

Informed Families did presentations on alcohol, tobacco and violence prevention.

The Community Drug and Alcohol Council did a presentation on marijuana.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Department did a presentation on methamphetamine.

One demonstration was designed to give students the problem of being drunk. Students wore goggles designed to simulate the visual disturbances created by drinking. Students where asked to a walk just a few feet and return to their starting point while wearing the glasses. Some were unable to get very far at all before taking off the goggles. Other stumbled and stammered barely able to walk; some fell to the ground.

“Imagine if you were driving like this,” one student said.

Pictured above: EWMS students listen to an anti-drining message. Pictured below: Students wore goggles designed to simulate the visual disturbances created by drinking. NorthEscambia.com photos.

For more photos from the Ernest Ward Middle Health Fair, click here.

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