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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 20, 2011

Bearcats encouraged to buckle up during Finals Week

By Nichole Beckman, media relations assistant

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University's Wellness Center is encouraging Bearcats to buckle up with a competition, April 25-29, promoting the importance of wearing seatbelts.

"Battle of the Belts" is a seatbelt survey competition involving 20 Missouri colleges and universities. A Missouri Highway Patrolman will count the number of students caught wearing their seat belts in a randomly chosen student parking lot.

The school with the highest percentage of students wearing seatbelts will win the competition.

According to the 2009 National College Health Assessment, which surveyed a wide variety of health and wellness issues, 88.4 percent of Northwest students wore their seatbelts "most of the time." The goal of the survey is to help reduce the number of motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities among Missouri college students.

"We have competed in the campus ‘Battle of the Belts' before, and we are hoping to improve this year," said Jennifer Kennymore, health educator at the University Wellness Center. "We just want to try and remind student to buckle up and make it through finals in one piece."

For more information about the competition, click here or contact Jennifer Kennymore at 660.562.1348 or at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468