Muskegon, MI – On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the Knowsmoke Coalition will host the fourth annual Knowsmoke Zombie Walk in downtown Muskegon to bring awareness to youth about the risks of addiction and the health hazards associated with tobacco and electronic cigarette use.
“We are thrilled that smoking among youth has declined by over 50% in Muskegon County,” said Missy Gallegos, Chair of the Knowsmoke Coalition and Health Educator at Public Health – Muskegon County. “The Zombie Walk is youth lead and they help inspire their peers to become the smoke free generation and NOT zombies of tobacco.”
What: 2017 Knowsmoke Zombie Walk
When: Saturday, October 14th
Time: Check in starts at 1:00 p.m. at the L.C. Walker Arena
How to Register: Visit Eventbrite and search the 2017 Knowsmoke Zombie Walk. http://2017knowsmokezombiewalk.eventbrite.com
The Zombies will start at the LC Walker arena and walk through the streets of downtown Muskegon ending at Hackley Park where additional activities will take place including music by Doc B Productions, rock and tile painting, a tobacco-zombie costume contest, light lunch provided, and dancing.
“Despite the gains we’ve made in reducing smoking among youth, our work is not done” said Cyndi Powers, Program Coordinator for the Health Project/Lakeshore Lung program. “Our mission to educate youth and the community about the dangers of tobacco use and abuse will continue.
Powers coordinates the Health Project’s Knowsmoke Coalition and teaches prevention education to over 4,000 students each year in Muskegon.
The Knowsmoke Coalition launched the first zombie walk at Muskegon High School in March of 2013 to support Kick Butts Day – a campaign for tobacco-free kids. The interest and enthusiasm expressed by the students during this event helped morph it into a successful community – wide tobacco reduction walk held every year in October. Each year several youth groups are involved especially the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of Hackley Community Care Center.
Knowsmoke, a collaborative of the Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon County, brings a vibrant cross section of community members together to reduce the effects of tobacco use in Muskegon County. In partnership with the 1 in 21 initiative, its main goals and objectives are to educate and increase community awareness about the dangers of smoking, to provide tobacco treatment information, and to help create smoke free – environments in Muskegon County.
For more information about the Knowsmoke Coalition visit: www.knowsmokemuskegon.org