Hundreds of students will gather for a health summit this week designed to get Hoosier kids talking about sensitive topics such as body image, dating, bullying, binge drinking and prescription drug use.
Statistics from a study last year showed disturbing trends. One in five Indiana high school students had packed a weapon, more than half had tried cigarettes, one in seven weighed too much and one in 14 tried killing themselves.
It told policymakers they needed to get teenagers thinking about the risks associated with certain actions if they're going to cut into that behavior.
The youth summit is part of a series of initiatives by Health Commissioner Dr. Judy Monroe and Gov. Mitch Daniels to get Hoosiers thinking, talking and doing more to improve their health.
The summit starts Thursday.