On Tuesday, November 29th 3-O Day was held at Mead Hotel. 3-O Day stands for our bodies, ourselves, our responsibility. Wood County Medical Society, as well as local businesses, churches, schools, and private individuals work together to bring this event to junior and senior high kids from multiple schools in Wisconsin.
The event includes a keynote speaker followed by sessions that discuss multiple tough topics facing our teens today. The topics included this year were: internet safety; drug use, misuse and abuse; depression; suicide; HIV/AIDS; relationships: rejection, dependency, control; teen parenting; sexually transmitted diseases; as well as two others titled Minding Your Life and Light the Fire: making personal change.
I was able to participate in 3-O Day this year. It was amazing to see how many kids are affected by some of these issues. As nurses, one of our major roles is teaching patients, especially children and teenagers. It was quite the experience putting some of my education to work. There, again, is another benefit of becoming involved in your community. It gives you the chance to put some of that theory into action.