KRISTEN LOWE (Student): It changed the way I look at myself.I respect myself more and now, like I don’t really care what other people say.
Ninety-five percent said it changed the way they look at relationships and sex.
Seventy-seven percent said it improved their self-esteem, and 64 percent said it made them more aware of the dangers of alcohol and drugs.
JUDY VALENTE, correspondent: Meet Russell Proctor, better-known as R. Although Healthy Visions reflects the Christian values of its founder and staff, it has been welcomed into 26 schools in Ohio and northern Kentucky, most of them public.
P., an engaging 26-year-old self-described “ginger head” who could have been a stand-up comic. Healthy Visions is based on the premise that teens can learn the decision-making skills that can help them connect their actions with consequences.
You could see the lack of light in their eyes, and we wanted to offer them hope.
RUSSELL PROCTOR: Day 1 I talk about healthy self-image.
CAROLE ADLARD (Founder, Healthy Visions): One of the facts that broke my heart was seeing so many students who felt hopeless.
They were in bad home situations, they were being bullied in schools, they had been sexually abused.
I always thought that I was considered a piece of junk.
He has taught me to understand that I am beautiful just the way I am, no matter what I look like.
VALENTE: No definitive study has been done to measure Healthy Visions’ impact.