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April 20, 2011
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."
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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