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Acting U.S. Surgeon General "Gets Real" with High School and College Students about Pressing Health Concerns and to Role of Humor in Wellbeing, During Internet TV Presentation on the EICtv Network(December 18, 2013)
Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Entertainment Industries Council recently hosted Acting U.S.
Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak along with Junior Reporters from
West Potomac Academy and George Mason University, for an in-depth
discussion of health issues. The one-hour special covering tobacco
cessation, sun safety, mental health, suicide prevention, exercise,
and other topics, premiers today on the EICnetwork.tv Health &
Wellness Channel, produced in cooperation with
Internet TV Network, TV
"Look at yourself, look at your friends, make sure you have the
connectivity. Suicide results from people feeling disconnected, so
take care of yourself, but also take care of those people around
you," Dr. Lushniak commented to a student during a discussion of
the National Action Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
In his role, Dr. Lushniak articulates the best available
scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve
personal health and the health of the Nation. He also oversees the
operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned
Corps, comprising of approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers
who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and
advance the health and safety of our Nation.
"After the age of 26 no one becomes a smoker, so as a public
health guy I know the group I need to emphasize, I know it's got to
be from the age of 12-26, if I can influence that part of the
population, its only 14 years, and have them make an empowered
decision with all the social media information. [For them] to say I
know there is peer pressure, I know some people think this is cool
but at the end of the day I'm actually smart enough to make a
decision and I'm going to put this [cigarette] down," said Dr.
Lushniak in response to a student questions about tobacco
"The fact that the Acting Surgeon General was able to sit down,
face to face with these young people and give them straight answers
to their questions and concerns was amazingly impactful. Most of
these students will take his words to heart, share his warnings,
advice and healthy living tip with others and, hopefully, spread
awareness and change among their peers as quickly as their
Instagram photos and selfies with Dr. Lushniak spread across social
media," said Brian Dyak, President & CEO, EIC.
"We are pleased to work with the Entertainment Industries Council
to produce this important content for distribution on the
newly-launched EICtv Network," remarked Dave Gardy, Chairman and
CEO of TV Worldwide. "EICtv is one of the fastest growing Internet
TV outlets on our TV Worldwide Network and it's because of quality
outreach programming like this. We applaud EIC for their
To view the discussion with Acting U.S. Surgeon General Dr.
Boris Lushniak on EICtv, please visit EICnetwork.tv.
About Entertainment Industries Council
EIC is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 by leaders
within the entertainment industry to bring the power and influence
of the industry to communicate about health and social issues. The
organization is considered to be the chief pioneer of entertainment
and journalism outreach and a premiere success story in the field
of entertainment education. This mission relies on providing
resource information to the creative community and culminates in
recognition of the industry through the national television special
PRISM Showcase which addresses accurate portrayals of substance use
issues and mental health concerns. The organization also produces
the SET Awards, honoring positive and non-stereotypical portrayals
of science, engineering and technology. For a complete list of
health and social issues addressed by EIC and local projects please
visit First Draft and EIC's website. EIC's web site is
www.eiconline.org. The PRISM Awards web site is
www.prismawards.com. The SET Awards web site is
About TV Worldwide
Founded in 1999, TV Worldwide (www.tvworldwide.com) developed
the first Internet TV network of community-based Internet TV
channels, primarily targeting niche professional communities
ranging from the Maritime industry to the Digital Media sector.
Known by many in the industry as "Intelligent Internet TV," Fortune
500 companies, 30 federal government agencies, and numerous
International associations including the National Association of
Broadcasters utilize TV Worldwide's live and archived state-of-the
art video streaming content applications and Internet TV channels.
In recognition of the company's unique achievements in new media,
TV Worldwide was selected by the National Academy of Television
Arts and Sciences (NATAS) to webcast the Daytime Emmy Awards and
the Emmy awards for Technology and Engineering 2007 through 2009.
CEO Dave Gardy has been honored by Streaming Media Magazine in 2008
as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Streaming Media. Gardy
also currently serves as the President of the International
Webcasting Association (IWA) and as a member of the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial Fund Corporate Council.
CONTACT: Pat Cleveland
TV Worldwide Inc.
(703) 961-9250, ext. 235
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