VIDEO: Yet another university craze? Trent students hope to start 'smoothing' trend
YOU might have heard of planking and milking – but students hope to start a new craze ... smoothing.
Like milking, it involves tipping a drink over your head – but this time it's the entire contents of a bottle or carton of fruit smoothie.
But there is a serious message behind the madness.
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The Nottingham Trent University students who came up with the idea are part of a group called the Healthy Eating and Drinking (Head) team.
They are looking to get the message across to fellow students that they need to drink in moderation and stay healthy.
"Smoothie is a healthy drink. It's the best way to raise awareness of well-being, hydration and healthy eating and drinking," said student David Bothwell.
The first session was being held today at the Robin Hood statue at Nottingham Castle from 2pm.
This will be followed by two health awareness events – at the university's Clifton campus on March 5 and the city campus on March 7. The students also have set up a website.
David, 30, said: "We hope it will catch on. We'll place videos on YouTube and perhaps it will take off in Nottingham and then at other universities."
The students are doing the campaign for their course.
They have enlisted the backing of Nottingham City Council. Staff from the authority's health team will help spread the message of their anti-drinking campaign.
Dr Peter Cansfield, consultant for Public Health Nottingham City, said: "This project, which focuses on peers talking to fellow students about sensible drinking, and the benefits of drinking more water, is a positive move which should help students make more considered choices about their own alcohol consumption."
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