Red Ribbon Week, which is celebrated annually October 23-31, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. Here's how we celebrated RRW this year:
On Monday, October 24 Tobacco Free Adagio Health (Southwest) celebrated the start of Red Ribbon Week with Ligonier Valley High School in Westmoreland County. Diana Mihalcik, SW Program Manager, and Katerina Patrick, Health Educator, did a tabling event during lunches signing students up for Tobacco Resistance Unit Group (TRU) and doing some tobacco/nicotine trivia. We signed up 30 students and had interaction with about 60. Prior to RRW we assisted in planning a “spirit week” with Ligonier TRU group and provided a gift basket for a raffle drawing for a student that participates most throughout the prevention week.
On 10/27 Duquesne University Center, for Integrative Health offered free chronic disease and tobacco screenings to residents of Northview Heights and those living on the Northside of Pittsburgh. Tobacco Coordinator, DeJour Young distributed hawiann leis in honor of Red Ribbon Week in an effort to promote the aware of tobacco an drug use. The initative was called ‘Lei Off of Drugs.
On 10/26 Duquesne University Center, for Integrative Health offered free tobacco screenings and resources to Duquesne University students and community. Tobacco Coordinator, DeJour Young distributed hawiann leis in honor of Red Ribbon Week in an effort to promote the aware of tobacco an drug use. The initiative was called ‘Lei Off of Drugs’.
Duquesne University Dining Hall Staff Support Red Ribbon Week Event, Lei off Drugs initiative.
The students created posters about their dream occupations and Jonna created a video about how using tobacco products can affect your ability to grow up and pursue your dream job. She discussed that if you want to be an athlete, you shouldn’t use tobacco products because you will damage your lungs, as well as making other connections to the harmful effects of tobacco on the body. The students did a great job expressing themselves through their artwork and received Tobacco Free Adagio Health swag for their participation in Red Ribbon Week.