Weller Responds to Teen Heroin Abuse with New Prevention Programs

After seeing the shocking reports declaring Pennsylvania ranked third the nation for heroin use, Weller decided to act and develop new research-based programs for middle and high school students, parents and school faculty. These new programs are currently in development and are aimed to improve the immediate and long-term health of secondary students by preventing or reducing adolescent substance abuse with an emphasis on heroin and prescription drugs. 

Learn more about Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse in Pennsylvania.

Outstanding Friend To Kids Was A Success!

Weller's 10th Annual Outstanding Friend To Kids was a HUGE success! Total contributions from the event raised more than $24,000 to support our new substance abuse prevention programs! We'd like to say a BIG "Thank You" to everyone who was able to attend, including our wonderful honorees and their families, our gracious sponsors and individual contributors who help to make OFTK happen, board members, and finally our guests! We hope everyone had a fantastic time experience and were inspired by this year's incredible honorees.

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Allentown Students PowerUP Before School With The Weller Center!

PowerUP is a first-of-its-kind program to improve physical fitness and healthy eating among fifth grade students in the Allentown School District. Twice a week for 16 weeks, 175 students from seven elementary schools take part in 30 minutes of exercise led by a specially-trained health educator from the Weller Center. The students also receive a 15-minute nutrition lesson at the end of each session. PowerUP is sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield with additional funding from Just Born and the Allentown School District Foundation. Read the Full Article in our Blog!

Featured Funder: Women's 5K Classic

Since 2004, with grant support totaling $137,261 from the Women’s 5K Classic, the Weller Center has presented our “Better Start Early” program to nearly 14,000 young women in the Lehigh Valley to empower them with information so that they can recognize the risk factors and symptoms of breast and other female cancers. Our goal is to increase the prevention and early detection of these diseases through improving their behaviors and lifestyle choices. Thank you, Women’s 5K Classic, for your continued support of this important program! 

Internet Safety Programs

Cyber safety is the Weller Center’s newest program series for students in grades 5-8 and their parents. It is important to ensure kids’ safety online and protect them from dangerous or inappropriate content on the Internet. The Weller Center wants to help parents and their children open the lines of communication to give them the tools to use technology in a safe and responsible manner. Learn what kids and local experts have to say about cyber safety, especially cyber bullying in this short video.
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