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Teens Lobby Legislators for Adolescent Health Programs

Posted March 12, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST

— A group of teenagers lobbied state lawmakers Tuesday to pass laws that would protect their health.

The First Annual Adolescent Health Advocacy Day brought teens to Raleigh to speak their minds about everything from sex education to teen smoking to in-school health clinics.

"We want out adolescents to be fit and well and strong, so that they can become leaders of North Carolina and be well in that process," said organizer Linda Riggsbee.

Jeremy Godwin, 17, of Wilmington, shared his ideas with legislators.

"You're the person that tells them what to do," he said. "You're the boss, so to speak. You relay what you want to happen. They are there for you."