Submitted by: PeaceHealth

For the fifth year in a row, PeaceHealth Medical Group Pediatrics will offer gender-specific “Great Conversations” for local preteens and their families to discuss experiences in puberty, social issues, decision-making and other age-appropriate topics in Bellingham in March.

Titled “The Joys and Challenges of Growing Up,” the talk for boys will take place on Sunday, March 8, from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m., at the PeaceHealth St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center (HEC), 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham. The session is recommended for boys ages 10-12 and a parent or trusted adult. It will be facilitated by Greg Smallidge.

Titled “A Heart-to-Heart on Growing Up,” the talk for girls will take place on Sunday, March 15, from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m., at the PeaceHealth St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center (HEC), 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham. The session is recommended for girls ages 10-12 and a parent or trusted adult. It will be facilitated by Julie Metzger, MN, RN.

Cost of each class is $70 per parent/child pair (scholarships available) and $50 for each additional child of the same gender. Every family will receive a copy of Dr. Rob Lehman and Metzger’s book, Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? Information will be relayed in an engaging format and relaxed atmosphere.

Registration and further information can be found at www.greatconversations.com or info@greatconversations.com.

About PeaceHealth

Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center provides quality care for northwest Washington with its full-service 253-bed hospital and PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics. Key services in Bellingham include comprehensive cardiology, oncology, orthopedic and rehabilitation services and a joint venture outpatient imaging service. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

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