Safety is always a concern for West Virginia University students and area residents alike.

Both can learn more about safety issues affecting the Morgantown community at Safety Town, which will take place Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mountainlair Student Union.

A new Mountaineer Week event sponsored by WVU Medicine, Safety Town will teach strategies for injury and disease prevention.

“Whether it’s utilizing safety and wellness techniques in your daily life or protecting others from injury and disease, we all have a role to play when it comes to staying safe and promoting wellness,” said Lisa Costello, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the WVU School of Medicine.

In June 2016, WVU and the greater Morgantown area were designated a safe community by the National Safety Council. Morgantown was the first city in the nation that encompassed a university, city and county to receive this honor.

At Safety Town, WVU Medicine will highlight this national accreditation while educating students and the community on how to stay safe.

The interactive event will feature booths positioned around the first floor of the Mountainlair, creating a “road” to follow. Participants will receive a “road map” to use on their journey through Safety Town, among other giveaways.

Participating organizations include WELLWVU, WVU’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, WVU School of Pharmacy, WVU Greater Morgantown Safe Communities America, Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center and Prevention Coalition-Partnership for Success.

“Mountaineer Week is when we come together as a community, University, state and region to celebrate our Appalachian heritage,” Costello said. “An individual’s health, wellness and safety is vitally important to be able to fully celebrate that heritage as well as to have the ability to succeed in school and life.”�

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