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Teens urged to use photos to voice concerns

Lance Holdforth, Special to the Examiner

Teens in the region are using photographs to voice their concerns about healthy living in local communities.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's (SMDHU) Photo Voice project is looking for 100 teens, 15-19, to illustrate physical activity, healthy eating, smoking, substance abuse and mental health in their areas.

"We're looking to gain information from youths," said Alicia Tyson, healthy communities partnership program co-ordinator for Simcoe-Muskoka. "We want to get a perception from them."

Tyson said 10 groups in Simcoe-Muskoka armed with disposable cameras will shoot photos later assessed by provincial officials.

"They'll be participating in a group and have a voice in their community," said Tyson. "They're looking at the community itself, and seeing if it's healthy or not."

She said youths interested in the program can apply online to beat the July 9th deadline.

"Each of the 10 groups will decide which photos best reflect their community," said Tyson. "It's for the people by the people. We don't want to forget about the young people."

Each group will work with an experienced photographer, and have to attend a two-hour session once a week for six weeks.

"It's for them to be part of a larger community assessment," she said.

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