Highlights TV Show Features St. Albans Parks & Recreation and Coalition for a Tobacco-Free WV

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Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.

The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Suddenlink Communications, and Jim Strawn & Company.

The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.

The show airing March 29, 2021 – April 12, 2021 features the St. Albans Parks & Recreation and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free WV.

We interviewed Debbie Keener, Volunteer with the St. Albans Parks & Recreation Department.

She discussed their 7th Annual ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’ Spring Nature Hike Event. The event is set for Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 9:00 – 12:15 at the St. Albans City Park.

Theme this year: “Soaring Into Nature”

THIS WILL BE A SOCIALLY DISTANCED AND MOSTLY SELF-GUIDED EVENT WITH EXPERIENCED NATURALISTS THROUGHOUT THE TRAIL TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND PROVIDE ADDITIONAL IDENTIFICATION

Registration:  9:00am – 11:30am-DOOR PRIZE TICKETS AND EVENT INFORMATION HERE

What is going on:

Wear a mask-Wear your favorite nature-themed mask and get a prize.

Self-Guided hikes with experienced naturalists and photographers available.

Map and Trail guides for self-identification of plants, trees, birds.

Door Prizes!!! 

Rain Barrel Sale and tips.

Special Prize Medallions.

Socially Distance Scavenger Hunt with prizes for all ages.

“West Virginia Wings of Wonder Birds of Prey” program by the Three Rivers Avian Center

Story Walk with St. Albans Branch of Kanawha County Library.

Free event for the entire family.

She thanked the wonderful sponsors who help make this event possible.

Angela’s On The River, Atlee Burpee Seed Company, Audiology and Hearing Services, Coal River Group, Family of Kenny Sutton, Harless Printing, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Kanawha County Parks and Recreation-Big Bend, Kanawha Terrace Hardware, Lil’ Bit of Heaven Cupcakes, Linda Costilow, Moses Auto Group, Shannon Shank Photography, St. Albans Branch KC Library
St. Albans Parks and Recreation Department, St. Albans Stormwater Program, Stones & Stuff Jewlery, Waybright Photography,West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia DNR-State Parks, WV Master Naturalist Program-Kanawha Chapter, West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventures.

For more information call 304-722-4625 or their Facebook Page.

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We also featured the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free WV with a conversation with Sunjit Neginhal, an advocate for the Coalition. He is a Senior at Huntington High School in Cabell County, WV.

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The Coalition is a statewide organization made up of private citizens and member organizations (such as American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, American Lung Association, & American Heart Association) representing a cross-section of West Virginia, including health care organizations, public and private businesses, schools, civic organizations and interested individuals.

Established in 1989, the Coalition’s efforts have resulted in significant public policy victories including expanded clean indoor air regulations, state tobacco prevention funding and increases in tobacco excise taxes.

Some of the statistics are alarming:

  • Each year in WV, smoking attributes to almost 4300 deaths
  • The adult tobacco use rate is 25.2%
  • High School tobacco use rate is 26.6%
  • The economic cost due to smoking and tobacco use is over $1 Billion

Sunjit explained it is statistics like this that has inspired him to be an advocate for the Coalition.

As a student-athlete on the HHS soccer team, he describes the first-hand look and the debilitating pitfalls of tobacco and vaping useage, which he has seen from his teammates.

Sunjit talked about Senate Bill 640, which would create a Tobacco Cessation Initiative Program Special Revenue Account.

He also discussed his grassroots group called Youth Advocacy and Action. If you would like to learn more about his group, reach out to him at Sunjithal@Gmail.com.

If you would like to contact the Coalition, click here.

If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.

 

 

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