Community residents are invited to join Eastern Illinois University students, faculty and staff as they participate in local activities for Kick Butts Day, a nationwide initiative designed to stop youth tobacco use.
Activities will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Charleston 's Morton Park.
In addition to a community picnic, where local vendors and businesses will have booths filled with free food, games and information regarding tobacco use and the effects it has on one's health, a Kick Butts Day 5K Walk/Run is planned.
Registration for the walk/run is $10 for EIU students and $20 for all others; registration forms for that event and additional information about all of the day's activities are available at http://www.eiu.edu/herc.
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, killing more than 400,000 people every year. Every day, more than 4,000 kids try their first cigarettes; another 1,000 kids become addicted smokers, one-third of whom will die prematurely as a result.