Our Message

oh4m means “optimal health for me”
We encourage every student to choose optimal health
and empower them to move toward it.

 

it’s a balance of physical, emotional & social well-being

Students will build a foundation of knowledge and skills related to character development, human development and decision-making; set goals for the future; make healthy choices that impact the future; and move toward optimal health by avoiding risk behavior.

oh4m is formerly known as Asitia

We want to encourage a new generation of young people to make wise choices, to have healthy relationships, and to avoid STDs and unplanned pregnancies

— Portico —

 

The Curriculum

Trained and knowledgeable volunteers present a medically accurate, fact-based sexual risk avoidance (SRA) program based on the definition of optimal health.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of rumors and misinformation
surrounding sex and abstinence
but we always want you to know the truth

Casual sexual encounters, such as “hook-ups,” can have unexpected consequences beyond the usual ones of exposure to sexually transmitted infections and possible pregnancy. Normal bonding responses in the brain can be damaged with continued casual sexual encounters, as the brain “molds” to the behavior of repeated “hook-ups” and “break-ups”.
– Medical Institute for Sexual Health
86% of young adults say it’s important for young teens to know that “it’s okay to be a virgin when you graduate from high school.”
– Medical Institute for Sexual Health
The most reliable way to avoid (STD) infection is to not have sex (i.e., anal, vaginal or oral sex).
– Centers for Disease Control
You may think EVERYONE is doing it, but they’re not! Over 50% of youth have not had sex. That does mean, though, that as a whole, over 50% of 15 to 19 year olds have been involved in sexual intercourse (i.e., anal, vaginal or oral sex).
– Centers for Disease Control
92% of the girls we’ve worked with who had a positive pregnancy test WERE using some form of contraception.
– Portico
Frequently asked questions about sex and abstinence

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Parental Guidance

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We believe that parents play the most important role in giving information to their child about sex!  When adolescents have a good relationship with their parents, they are more likely to remain abstinent or delay the onset of sexual activity.  Most parents want their teens to avoid all the possible consequences of sex…not just pregnancy.  If your student is enrolled in a class offering oh4m, rest assured standards from the TN Department of Education for classroom teachers are supported and comply completely with state laws.  And the benefits of an SRA education program are proven:  there are more than 25 peer-reviewed studies showing that students in SRA classes are more likely to delay initiation of sexual activity and, if already sexually active, are more likely to discontinue or decrease sexual activity…and SRA students are not less likely to use a condom.

BELIEVE that your teenager can wait…and ENCOURAGE them to wait!  This subject is too important to be restricted to a single conversation.  Follow us on Facebook (oh4me) for more material and resources that you can use to have “the talk” with your child.

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

— George Orwell —

Our Story

We are a part of Portico

oh4m is the sexual risk avoidance education program of Portico.  Those at Portico believe that everyone has value and purpose and that the best way to live it out is to get to know individuals through sharing life stories on the front porch…and a portico is a porch.  Our stories shape who we are and who we are becoming.  oh4m connects with young people empowering them to make life decisions that help their story.

Visit porticostory.org for more information on Portico’s story

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615-893-0228

Murfreesboro, TN

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