Staying healthy and happy

With everything he learned about the effects of smoking during Lean and Green Day, Mathew Britton swears he’ll never touch a cigarette or chew tobacco.

“It has definitely changed my perspective of what tobacco does to you,” said Britton, a 15-year-old student at Anderson New Technology High School in Anderson, California.

He knew smoking was a bad choice before, he said, but never realized the full range of health impacts it could have until teaming up with Manuel Meza, an organizer with Shasta County Public Health, to staff a booth at the annual eveny.

Britton was one of about 40 New Tech teens who volunteered their time and creativity to design booths and teach hundreds of grade-school students about healthy life choices and nutrition during the annual event, held this year at the Anderson River Park.

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Clay Duda is a freelance journalist specializing in investigative reporting, feature writing, editorial photography, and digital media.