Children Topic of Informal Discussion Group

Updated 3 years ago
Initiatives to help children live healthier, more active lives will be the focus of Create Huntington's Chat ‘n Chew this Thursday, June 19.

Chat ‘n Chews are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Thursday in the lobby of the Frederick Building, 940 4th Ave. The free forums are open to everyone and allow residents to discuss and work on projects to improve the quality of life in the area.

Dr. Ali Oliashirazi will discuss his plans for a Huntington Children's Medical Museum and seek assistance from the community to help make it happen. Dr. Oliashirazi is the chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Cabell Huntington Hospital, the program director of the residency program, director of the Joint Replacement Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital and vice dean of business development for the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Once complete, the museum could feature information and exhibits related to childhood health issues. He likened the idea behind the museum to COSI, a science and industrial museum in Columbus, Ohio.

"This is something that the whole community could benefit from," Dr. Oliashirazi said. "It could be many things. It could be a point of interest for people to come to Huntington and it could help us do population health management. It will have a lot of hands-on experiences for the kids."

The team working on Huntington’s Natural Playgrounds will also be at Chat 'n Chew to provide an update on their activity and seek input and assistance as they begin work at the first playground site. The first natural playground is slated to be complete in August.

Natural playgrounds combine landscape elements with carefully chosen natural materials, structures and features to create safe, accessible places for children to play. If you've ever climbed trees, rolled down hills, scrambled up rocks or dammed up water, you've experienced natural play.

For more information about Create Huntington and the Chat ‘n Chews, visit the organization’s website at
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