FARMINGTON — The Greater Franklin County Youth Wellness Group will hold its first meeting from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday, June 19, at Franklin Memorial Hospital. Ongoing meetings and activities will take place through August, including a paint night, hiking, kayaking and cooking classes.

The group is open to all youth in grades 7-12 who live or go to school in Greater Franklin County. The goal of the group is to help young people develop lifelong healthy habits. Youth members can learn ways to improve their personal wellness, tackling issues such as healthy eating, substance abuse prevention, and positive ways to deal with stress and anxiety.

Members also will have the opportunity to work within their local communities to create positive healthy changes such as more tobacco-free spaces, establishing peer support programs, and help shape local substance abuse prevention efforts.

The initiative sponsored by the Healthy Community Coalition.

For more information or to register for the June 19 meeting, contact Nicole Ditata, district youth coordinator, at 779-2932 or [email protected].