Fort McCoy News April 12, 2013

Torch Club teens host Kick Butts Day Carnival

A Kick Butts Day Carnival was hosted by the Fort McCoy Torch Club teens of the School Age Center March 20 to help combat the use of tobacco products.

Activities emulated the 4-H Club learning model, which ensured that participants comprehended the purpose through experiential or hands-on learning.

PHOTO for Kick Butts Event
Andrea Turtenwald of the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School
Services program dispenses candy from a "Kick the Butt Piñata."

Contributed photo

Teens coordinated Plinko, RIP Recipe, Shuttle Run, Bingo, and a lung demonstration booth.

A pig lung demonstration offered a visual representation of the damage caused by smoking.

RIP Recipe was a game identifying what household products have the same chemicals as a cigarette.

Tobacco Toss Shuttle Run was a race that demonstrated the health limitations felt by someone who uses tobacco consistently

Bingo boards were created by the teens and featured pictures of harmful tobacco ingredients or products.

In addition to the booths run by the teens, the event also featured representatives from the Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP), Sparta High School's

Fight Against Tobacco Club (FACT), and the La Crosse County Health Department.

ASAP staff members explained the harmful effects of tobacco and alcohol with Impairment Goggles and a video.

FACT and Judi Zabel from La Crosse County Health Department discussed ingredients in tobacco products and how youth can make smart choices by abstaining from other tobacco products.