Wellness means taking responsibility for your own health by learning how to stay healthy, practicing good health habits and responding to your body's warning signs before something serious happens.
Your health depends on many factors. Some you can't completely control, like heredity, sex, environment and age, but others you can control, such as diet, exercise, rest, stress, bad habits, and attitude.
You can be healthier, feel better, look better and live longer if you take care of your health today.
There are many reasons why teenagers need health care services. You may need a physical exam for sports, a check-up for school, or you may just need to see someone when you have a cold, sore throat, or other medical problems.
You can receive many health care services either free or based on how much you can pay (often called a "sliding fee scale"). Check with the clinic about cost.
Most clinics are open during the regular working hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some clinics have hours on weekends or in the evenings. Check with the clinic about hours and if you need an appointment.
Most clinics need parental consent to see a teenager for a medical problem. Parental consent is not needed for treatment of sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea or AIDS, pregnancy tests, abortions or substance abuse treatment. Ask about parental consent and confidentiality when you call.
The following organizations will provide information and/or assistance (click on the agency's name for more information):
AIDS Rochester Inc.
Provides case management and education regarding HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases as well as prevention education and referrals.
Self-administered pregnancy tests, professional referrals when called for and individualized services.
Building Blocks Comprehensive Services
Provides Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, service coordination, and a range of other services including pre-school programs for children from birth to age 5.
American Red Cross - West Ontario Office
Youth volunteer opportunities including Red Cross Youth Crew; instruction in first aid, CPR, aquatics, babysitting.
FF Thompson Hospital Family Health and Education
Baby and You pregnancy education classes and other programs related to childbirth.
Geneva Community Health
Provides accessible and affordable medical and dental services.
(800)310-1160 or TDD: (585)275-2700
Lifeline provides a variety of support and referral services including access to other agencies.
Ontario County Department of Social Services
(585)396-4060 or (877)814-6907 toll free
The agency's services are geared toward families and include financial assistance and family and children services including child protective, foster care and preventative services.
Ontario County Public Health Department
Services to children with developmental delays aged from birth to 5; maternal health services including pre- and post-natal; lead prevention education, a car seat program.
Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region
Sexually transmitted disease testing for men and women; birth control; counseling; pregnancy tests, women's reproductive health.
Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes
Free pregnancy testing; counseling and referrals; material aid, baby clothes, items and maternity clothes; abstinence counseling and support; education on fetal development, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases.
Rape and Abuse Crisis Service of the Finger Lakes
(315)781-1093 or Hotline: (800)247-7273
The agency provides a 24-hour hotline, crisis intervention, counseling, medical and legal assistance for people involved in rape or abuse.
Physician Referral Service
A free community service for patients seeking a referral for medical care.
Rushville Health Center
Provides medical, dental, outreach and rape and abuse crisis services to Ontario, Wayne and Yates counties.
Finger Lakes WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
(585)394-9240 or (888)942-6886 toll-free
WIC provides nutrition information and supplemental foods for 0-5 year olds and pre-natal, breast feeding and postpartum women.
Ontario County Brain Injury Program
We primarily provide education, but give contact numbers and instructor email addresses to students in the class, and will handle 1:1 issues directly, or provide appropriate resources as needed.
Taking Off Pounds Sensibly Teen Group
A teen group which will meet somewhere in the community with easy access for members for the purpose of weight loss. It is part of TOPS, Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, which is a National NON-PROFIT organization dedicated to educating, encouraging, holding accountable and rewarding the efforts of those who desire to lose weight and maintain their loss. It is a self-help support group that has been around for 60 years.