Local Kiwanis Kids kick butts and bad health habits

By Jessica Breger Staff Writer jbreger@civitasmedia.com

March 18, 2014

Kiwanis Kids from Northwest Heights Elementary and Washington Irving Elementary schools recognized National Kick Butts and Bad Health Habits Day Friday March 14.

The day brings awareness to the effects of smoking while also promoting activism and healthy activity by allowing children the opportunity to help clean up their community and take note of amount the cigarette butts found.

The two groups met at Dixon Durant Park in Durant on their lunch break along with leaders from the Bryan County Health Department and Kiwanis Club to rid the park of cigarette butts and litter.

After cleaning the park , the children participated in games geared toward exercise and awareness which included a balloon tying contest, a hula hoop relay and cigarette assassin in which they extinguish a picture of a cigarette with silly string.

“A healthier Bryan County is what we’re working for,” said Bryan County Health Department Tobacco prevention coordinator Wendy DeWitt.

She said events such as this go hand in hand with recently approved city ordinances to prevent underage smoking and tobacco use in city owned property making city parks tobacco free areas.

Approximately 30 third-grade students participated in Friday’s events. The health department plans to present the cigarette butt and possibly litter collected to the city manager and mayor to demonstrate the extent of the litter and smoking problems in Bryan County.

- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 924-4388 ext. 116 or on Twitter @jbreger_news