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‘Not This Weekend’ Event Seeks to Educate Students on Dangers of Binge Drinking

Event set for 96-hour period from Feb. 5-9.

2015-01-30
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 1-30-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Student Health Services and Campus Recreation at Minnesota State University, Mankato along with other community organizations and businesses are teaming up to hold an annual four-day alcohol education event called “Not This Weekend” from Feb. 5-9 that is intended to promote healthy choices among students.

The goal of the event, which begins at noon on Thursday, Feb. 5 and ends at noon on Monday, Feb. 9, is to reduce or eliminate binge drinking in students during the 96-hour weekend event.

Students participating in the event have been asked to sign a pledge that they will abstain from alcohol use during the event and wear a “Not This Weekend” button while participating in various campus events and activities intended to promote healthy choices.

Students signing the pledge will receive a schedule of events and information on restaurant specials at participating area restaurants. By wearing their button and attending highlighted campus events, participants can be entered in contests to win a variety of prizes and can also take advantage of various restaurant specials and free popcorn at the Mavericks men’s hockey games that weekend.

Students can sign the pledge from Feb. 2-5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Carkoski Cafeteria or Myers Field House. They can also sign the pledge from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Health Education Office at 100 Carkoski Commons.

“Not This Weekend” is sponsored by Student Health Services and Campus Recreation at Minnesota State University, Mankato as well as the Mankato Department of Public Safety, Verizon Wireless Center and local restaurants Pub 500 and Buffalo Wild Wings.

For more information about “Not This Weekend,” contact Katelyn Anderson by email at katelyn.anderson@mnsu.edu or by phone at 507-389-3239.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Student Health Services provides quality and affordable medical services and health education to university students to enhance their learning experience and support their academic success.

Each fall for the past 12 years, Minnesota State Mankato’s Student Health Services has held a mock “House Party” that is intended to educate students on the dangers of high-risk drinking.

Events such as the mock “House Party” and “Not This Weekend” are among the various health education and outreach initiatives scheduled by Student Health Services each year to promote the optimal health of students on the university campus.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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