Story last updated at 3/20/2013 - 11:40 am
SITKA - The SouthEast Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) supports thousands of youth across the country taking part in Kick Butts Day, a nationwide initiative that lead the effort to stop youth tobacco initiation. On March 20, elementary, middle and high school students will participate in a variety of Kick Butts Day activities, such as marching to state capitals and holding rallies; meeting with elected officials; and holding flash mobs in busy community spaces.
As part of the Kick Butts Day celebration, SEARHC will facilitate events to include:
In Juneau: SEARHC in collaboration with National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) will display a Memorial Wall on March 18-23 at Juneau Douglas High School during the Gold Medal Tournament. The wall includes personal stories related to tobacco and educational information.
At the AC Grocery Store in Klawock on Wednesday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sitka: SEARHC, Sitka School District's "Kick It" Tobacco Program, and the Sitkans for Health Coalition will set up displays on April 25 at the Sitka School District.
Alaska has made tremendous progress in reducing youth tobacco use, yet there is more work to be done. Alaska Native students are twice as likely to use tobacco as their non-Native peers. Additionally, in Alaska rates of tobacco use among young adults aged 18-29 exceeds those of adults in all other age groups.
For more information about the Kick Butts Day events, contact the SEARHC Tobacco Program at 1-888-966-8875. For information on the national initiative, visit the Kick Butts Day website at kickbuttsday.org.