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EIU Invites Community Residents to Come and Help Kick Butts!


Eastern Illinois University's Health Service and Student Community Service Center invites the Charleston-area community to take part in "kicking butts" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in Morton Park.

Kick Butts Day, a nationwide initiative to stop youth tobacco use, is designed to increase awareness of tobacco's impact on health and aid in tobacco cessation.

This is the third year in which EIU has hosted Kick Butts Day events.

Activities will begin with a 5K Walk/Run. Pre-registration has already started, with forms and information for runners available here. A $20 registration fee includes admission, T-shirt, food and a commemorative item. The fee is $5 for ages 12 and under.

On-site registration on April 10 is from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., with the run beginning at 9:45 a.m. and the walk at 10.

The community picnic, planned as a way for families and the community as a whole to engage in tobacco education, will feature food, entertainment and games suitable for all ages. There is no charge to come and participate, and all are welcome to attend. Booths and activities will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Funded in part by a "I Live Free, Tobacco Free" grant, EIU Kick Butts Day events will provide community residents with a chance to stand out, speak up and seize control in the fight against tobacco. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, killing more than 400,000 people every year. This event is an opportunity to educate, engage and take action for change.

For information about Kick Butts Day, contact Brad Tribble at 217-581-7786 or .



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Josh Reinhart, Public Information Coordinator

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Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-8444

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