Go Cold Turkey Bowl to mark 36th annual Great American Smokeout | Arts & Culture
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The SIU Student Health Services Wellness Center is teaming up with many area agencies and student groups to host a Go Cold Turkey Bowl to mark the American Cancer Society's 36th Great American Smokeout on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
The turkey bowl will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes teams that will bowl with frozen turkeys to support the commitment to go "cold turkey" for one smoke-free day. The entry fee to participate in the Turkey Bowl will be one nonperishable food item or $1 that will be used to buy a food item.
In addition, smokers will sign a statement of commitment to quit smoking for one day and can choose to "adopt a turkey" by contributing $5, the approximate cost of a pack of cigarettes, which will be used to buy food donations. The adopted turkeys will be donated with other food items to local food pantries and shelters.
The turkey bowl will be held outside on the north end (Faner side) of the Student Center. Those who smoke are encouraged to have a person support them and sign the commitment as well.
The Wellness Center says if a participant decides to make the commitment, they can come to the center to receive their Certificate of Achievement the next day. They say these people will also be entered into a drawing for a grand prize in honor of their smoking cessation efforts. Money raised will help fund Thanksgiving dinners locally. Canned goods will also be collected for distribution to the Newman Center.
For more information, you can contact the Wellness Center at 536-5531. For history on the Great American Smokeout, you can click here.
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