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May 9, 2002

UCSF Co-Sponsors Saturday Program for Adolescents Coming of Age at High Risk

The University of California, San Francisco National Center of Excellence in Women's Health and the California Women's Mental Health Policy Council will co-sponsor a weekend program for adolescent girls and their families on Saturday, June 1. The movie "Coming of Age...At High Risk" will be shown from 4 - 6 pm in UCSF's Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave.

California State Senator Jackie Speier will welcome the group, then the movie by producer/director Dan Wiesburd will be screened. An audience discussion will follow with Lynn E. Ponton, MD, UCSF professor of psychiatry and a leader in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Ponton, one of the experts featured in the movie, has written several books on teen-agers and risk taking as well as the sexual behaviors of adolescents. She will be joined by a few young women who discuss their specific eating disorders or risky behaviors in the film. Another expert who was interviewed in the film is Richard G. MacKenzie, MD, World Health Organization leader and past president of the Society of Adolescent Medicine.

Following the program, the audience will be encouraged to go to an exhibit area which features resources for dealing with eating disorders and other risky behaviors.

The cost of June 1 the event is a $5 donation at the door. To pre-register for the event, call 916-556-3480,x137 or visit to the website and click on "trainings."


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