"Mine, Not Yours" Red Cups to Curb Meningitis

Friday, Sep 20, 2013  |  Updated 8:28 AM EDT
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"Mine, Not Yours" Red Cups to Curb Meningitis

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Those red cups used for beer pong and keg parties are now being used for health prevention at one area university.

Princeton University is distributing 5,000 cups that encourage students not to share their beverages as a way to curb the spread of meningitis and promote safe drinking.

The red cups bear the message: “Mine. Not Yours.” They also include markings for the standard size for alcoholic beverages and the phone number for the Ivy League school's public safety department.

Princeton health educator Kathy Wagner tells The Times of Trenton the school thought it was a good way to remind students not to share their drinks.

“We have been reminding students of ways in which they can help prevent the spread of meningitis, and the best way to stay safe is to not share anything that comes in contact with the mouth, including cups,” Wagner told the paper.

Junior Kathryn Scott isn't sure how effective the program will be because she says it's unlikely she'll remember to carry the cup with her everywhere.

There were five cases of meningitis on the Princeton campus between March and June.

 


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