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National Abstinence Education Conference Continues to Set Standards

The National Abstinence Education Conference held earlier this month provided a wealth of up-to-date information from doctors, educators and other experts in the field that will help Healthy Respect further build and improve its abstinence in preparation for marriage program for teens, said John P. Margand, Esq., Executive Director of Healthy Respect. “Abstinence Education Programs continue to set the standard for medical accuracy in the field of sexual health,” Margand said.

Margand and Healthy Respect’s Director of Curriculum, Dr. Nanci Coppola, attended the conference to stay abreast of the latest medical and scientific developments in the vital area of sexual health. Workshops on media and public relations will also help Healthy Respect spread its message in the New York metropolitan area.

Held in Arlington, Virginia, the three-day conference brought together abstinence educators from across the country. The keynote speaker was Dr. Wade Horn, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services, who made specific mention of Healthy Respect’s student evaluation results.

Other workshops included:

“The Case for Abstinence Education” by Robert Rector, Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, who cited evidence on how teen sexual activity negatively impacts the emotional, social and psychological well-being of teens;

“Program Evaluation: The Nuts and Bolts of Evaluation for Program Directors” by Lisa Rue, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics and Research methods at the University of Northern Colorado.

In one of the two presentations on “Medical Accuracy, Gary L. Rose, M.D., President of the The Medical Institute for Sexual Health, spoke about the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases among young people, citing statistics that indicate there are about 10 million new infections each year among young people ages 15-24.

“Because of statistics like this, and because we care about the future of the young people we serve, we are committed to incorporating the wealth of information from the National Abstinence Conference into our Healthy Respect program,” Margand said.


NBC will air a story on pre-marital sexual activity at 6:00pm tonight on NetNews.com. Please follow the link below to view the online podcast:
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