Admiral Coontz Recreation Center in Hannibal was filled with hundreds of kids for the Chart Teen Task Force's annual teen health fair.
Organizer Dr. Sandra Ahlum says teens got the opportunity to discuss a variety of serious issues at the different booths.
"Sexual issues, about birth control, abstinence, avoiding STD's. We have booths here that will talk about mental health issues for teens, depression, anxiety, suicide prevention," said Ahlum.
Michaela Johnston came to the fair with her mom and friend Hannah Chase.
Johnston says the presentation of the material made it fun.
"It's really neat. You get to meet a lot of new people," said Johnston.
And for Johnston's mom Rachel it gives her the opportunity to teach her teen about issues that concerns her as a parent.
"Drugs, sex, being promiscuous, and there is a lot of information down here about that and the consequences," said Johnston.
And Johnston says the relaxed environment makes sometimes tough conversations a little easier to have with her daughter.
"It's among peers so, there is not a lot of parents down here so they feel comfortable asking to ask questions and things like that," said Johnston.
And for kids like Hannah Chase, they say they heard the messages loud and clear today.
"I've already decided I didn't want to do drugs and well that just made me not want to do them even more," said Chase.
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