PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University Health and Wellness Services Wellness Programs will help students, faculty and staff find resources to quit using tobacco during Wellness Week, April 15-18.

Each year, HWS Wellness Programs sponsors Wellness Week to focus on promoting healthy behaviors in the community. The theme this year is “Kick Butt Week.”

“(The awareness week) is to let people know that there are many different ways to quit smoking and to bring awareness to the fact that there is help available,” said Marsha Turnbull, HWS Wellness Programs health educator.

An information table with games, contests and prizes will be in the Compton Union Building at the redwood benches Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There also will be brown bag luncheon speakers Monday through Thursday at 12:10 p.m. in the CUB, Room B7. The brown bag luncheon schedule is:

April 15 – “Quit Smoking and Maintain Your Weight”- Rene Shinal, WSU psychology department
April 16 – “The Good Thing About Tobacco” – Jeanne Far, Wellness Programs
April 17 – “Smoking Cessation Products” – Sherman Louie, WSU pharmacy student.
April 18 – “Tips to quit” – Marsha Turnbull, R.N., Wellness Programs

“We also want to bring awareness of just how manipulative the tobacco companies are in their advertising to pull people in,” Turnbull said.

HWS Wellness Programs also will offer health assessments, cholesterol testing and HIV/Syphilis testing Wednesday in the CUB, second floor mezzanine.

WSU pharmacy students helped plan the activities, and local businesses such as Jerry’s Auto Repair, Neill Motors and Coug Enterprises helped support the event.

For more information, please contact HWS at (509) 335-6778 or visit the Web site www.hws.wsu.edu/kickbutt.htm.