Mid-Hudson Library System
     103 Market Street  |  Poughkeepsie, NY 12601  |  845.471.6060  |  fax      845.454.5940  |  http://midhudson.org

January 11, 2002

Barbara Lindsley, Outreach Consultant
Health Information Project
Mid-Hudson Library System
845.471.6060 x45

Barbara Clapp, Health Information Project Coordinator
Mid-Hudson Library System
845.471.6060 x23

Teen Health Websites

(POUGHKEEPSIE, NY) – A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, “Generation Rx.com” found that more than two-thirds of 15- to 24-year-olds use Internet sites as information sources for health issues, including substance abuse and violence prevention. Nearly half of this group do so at least once a month. The Mid-Hudson Library System’s Health Information Project hired and trained 37 teens during the summer of 2001 to evaluate over 50 Websites addressing issues of teen concern, including alcohol and tobacco use, suicide, pregnancy and other related health issues. Highest-ranked sites are listed, with direct links and teen reviewer comments, at the Project’s site, http://midhudson.org/hip/main.htm. The Health Information Project, funded by the NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), provides information to schools, youth agencies and families that promotes healthy teen lifestyles.