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Sexual education program coming to the high school

Board of Health presented with timeline

December 12, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

One of the priorities of the Marshall County Board of Health is reducing the teen pregnancy rate in the area. The local coalition to combat teen pregnancy appears to be set to carry out this goal in the schools.

Marshall County Public Health Nurse Pat Thompson told the Board of Health during a meeting Tuesday that the coalition has plans to reach all ninth graders at Marshalltown High School during sexual health education classes set to begin in January.

Thompson said school staff is working with health and human service providers to implement the program that will reach approximately 350 students.

Another Board of Health priority is reducing obesity and board member Dr. David Thomas said maybe more should be done with local mall management to promote walking in the mall - especially during the colder months.

In other discussion at the meeting, Tina Coleman, director of Marshall County Public Health and Home Care Plus, announced her resignation from Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center to the Board of Health after 16 years. Coleman declined to comment about her future and was not sure when her last day on the job will be.

Deanna Bachman, chair of the board, thanked Coleman for her service to the county and said she is proud of all of Coleman's accomplishments.

It was also announced that Mary Bartine is stepping down from the Board of Health.

"She's really been an asset to our board," Bachman said.

The Board of Supervisors will appoint a new member to replace Bartine. The next meeting of the Board of Health is at 10 a.m. Jan 8 in the courthouse.



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