Ceres native Astrid Mazariegos aims to improve campus health in Sacramento in helping to run "Hornets for a Healthy Hive," a student campaign to make Sacramento State the first 100 percent tobacco-free California State University.
"Growing up in Ceres, I saw firsthand how drugs and tobacco negatively affected everyone," said Mazariegos. "I found that Hornets for a Healthy Hive was a way I could positively influence the health and wellness of the students on my campus."
Mazariegos, 22, is a public relations major and graduating senior at Sacramento State. She grew up in Ceres, graduated from Ceres High School in 2009, and then moved to Sacramento to continue her college career.
"If our campaign is successful and legislation passes, it will set the precedent for all CSU campuses to follow," said Mazariegos.
Hornets for a Healthy Hive intends to "Set the Trend for Tobacco's End." The campaign is spearheading an initiative to promote the health and longevity of Sacramento State students by protecting them from the risks associated with secondhand smoke exposure, being the first 100 percent tobacco-free CSU as well as striving to beautify the Sacramento State campus.
With the intention to gain support and expand the campaign's mission, Hornets for a Healthy Hive hope to collaborate with other groups on campus and in the surrounding community. Hornets for a Healthy Hive hopes to encourage President Alexander Gonzalez to sign a policy by Dec. 4.
The initiative is led by 71 students from the Public Relations Planning and Management class under the College of Arts & Letters at Sacramento State.
Supporters may follow the progress of this campaign on Facebook at Facebook.com/csushealthyhive, Twitter at @HealthyHiveCSUS or on Instagram at @csushealthyhive.