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Annual 'Not This Weekend' Event seeks to Educate Students on Dangers of Binge Drinking

The 2017 event will be held from Feb. 16-20, and students are asked to sign up between Feb. 13-16.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-13-2017

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. 16-20 that is intended to promote healthy choices among students.

The goal of the event, which begins at noon on Thursday, Feb. 16 and ends at noon on Monday, Feb. 20, is to reduce or eliminate binge drinking in students during the 96-hour weekend event.

Students are 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 specials at participating area businesses. By wearing their button and attending highlighted campus events, students can enter contests to win various prizes and receive free food and discounts.

Students can sign the pledge from Monday through Thursday (times vary) in the University Dining Center, Myers Field House or the Centennial Student Union. They can also sign the pledge from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Health Education Office at 100 Carkoski Commons.

For more information about “Not This Weekend,” contact Paige Heinrich, graduate assistant, by email at or by phone at 507-389-3239. Information is also available on the Student Health Services twitter page, @MSUHealth, or Facebook page.

Minnesota State 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.

The mission of Minnesota State Mankato’s Office of Campus Recreation is to promote long-term healthy lifestyle behavior through participation in multi-faceted recreational, educational and leisure opportunities.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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