“We are so excited that this year's walk is youth lead,” said Missy Gallegos, chairwoman of the Knowsmoke Coalition and health educator at Public Health Muskegon County. “Youth hope to inspire youth to become the ‘Smoke-Free Generation’ and not zombies of tobacco. We are thrilled about the partnership with our young leaders, especially the Youth Advisory Committee of Hackley Community Care.”
The Knowsmoke Coalition launched the first Zombie Walk at Muskegon High School in March 2013 to support Kick Butts Day, a campaign for tobacco-free kids. The interest and enthusiasm expressed by the students during this event helped grow it into a communitywide tobacco reduction walk held every year in October.
“Youth smoking has declined by over 35 percent in the past six years, but we still have some work," said Cyndi Powers, program coordinator for the Health Project/Lakeshore Lung program.
Powers coordinates the Health Project's Knowsmoke Coalition and teaches prevention education to more than 4,000 students each year in Muskegon.
The Knowsmoke Zombie Walk begins at 2 p.m. at the L.C. Walker Arena. For more information, visit www.knowsmokezombiewalk.org/.
Additional activities will take place at Hackley Park following the walk, including a presentation by Straight Talk About Tough Stuff, music by DJ Wingman, a tobacco-zombie costume contest, light treats, face painting and dancing.