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March 19, 2010
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations 218 726-8830 slatto@d.umn.edu
Jackie Millslagle, Interim Vice Chancellor, Academic Support & Student Life 218 726-8508 jmillslagle@d.umn.edu


BreatheFree UMD Week Activities
Set for March 22 – 26


UMD will celebrate BreatheFree UMD week March 22 – 26 with a variety of events and activities including games, prizes, snacks, recreation and informational materials including programs for help with quitting smoking.

And also on Wednesday, March 24 is National Kick Butt Day!

The week’s activities are a celebration of commitment to a healthy, smoke-free environment on the UMD campus. The events were organized by the UMD Campus Advisory Committee, the UMD Office of Academic Support and Student Life, and the UMD Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) in cooperation with the American Lung Association.

BreatheFree

During BreatheFree UMD week student, staff and faculty volunteers will be sought to help spread the word about UMD's smoke-free policy, and to help post the breathefree poster in high-traffic areas.

A workshop will be provided to train volunteers on how to approach violators and what resources are available for smokers to quit.

Supporters will receive BreatheFree badges and other resources to help spread the word.

A special nosmoke@d.umn.edu email has been set up to provide a contact for volunteers who want to be involved and for information about the workshops.

Also the email can be of help by keeping UMD volunteers informed of campus locations that are frequented by violators. Anyone can email nosmoke@d.umn.edu with times and locations. It is a confidential email address.

UMD is committed to providing a safe, clean and healthy environment for its students, staff and faculty. Considering the wealth of research documenting health risks of smoking, and with strong recommendation of the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), UMD adopted a smoke-free policy in 2007, and amended the policy in 2008.

In December 2009, a task force was appointed to make recommendations for improving compliance with the policy, and a Smoke-Free Committee was established to implement recommendations. The committee is charged with sustaining educational efforts with the intent of changing the social norm around smoking.

Activities for
BreatheFree UMD Week
March 22 - 26, 2010

Monday, March 22nd

10:00-1:00

Stop by outside the lower Kirby Bookstore for games, prizes, free hot chocolate, resources, "supporter" sign-up, to check out the new e-mail address and much more!

Tuesday, March 23rd

10:00-1:00

Stop by outside the lower Kirby Bookstore for games, prizes, free hot chocolate, resources, "supporter" sign-up, to check out the new e-mail address and much more!

6:00-8:00 PM

Join us for open gym night in Recreational Sports Outdoor Program (RSOP)!

Wednesday, March 24th

10:00-1:00

Check out QuitPlans CO2 detector across from the lower Kirby Bookstore.

10:00-1:00

Come and join UMD Employee Health and Wellness Center in providing Cessation Resources across from the lower Kirby Bookstore.

10:00-1:00

National Kick Butt Day! Stop by outside the lower Kirby Bookstore for games, prizes, free hot chocolate, resources, "supporter" sign-up, to check out the new e-mail address and much more!

12:00-1:00

"How to be smoke free?" with Pat McKone, Director, Mission Programs, American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. Bring your lunches and we'll provide dessert! Kirby 268

Thursday, March 25th

10:00-1:00

Stop by outside the lower Kirby Bookstore for games, prizes, free hot chocolate, resources, "supporter" sign-up, to check out the new e-mail address and much more!

Friday, March 26th

10:00-1:00

Stop by outside the lower Kirby Bookstore for games, prizes, free hot chocolate, resources, "supporter" sign-up, to check out the new e-mail address and much more!

10:00, 12:00, 2:00

The comedic film Thank you for Smoking will be playing in Kirby 237B (Multicultural Center) every 2 hours starting at 10:00, 12:00 and 2:00.




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