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Monday, April 13, 2015

Who: Anne Marie Bartlett Co. Chair Bark for Life
What: Lenoir Co. 7th Annual Bark For Life
When: April 18th 10AM-2PM
Where: Second Chances, 2900 W. Vernon Ave., Kinston, NC
Phone: 252.933.4522
Details: Vendors, food, activities for children and pets, lipsycning contest, dog walk $10.00 per dog, Strut your Mutt in Pink with a Wink constume contest, Military War Dog speaker and presentation, closing with a prayer of protection/blessing. All funds raised goes to American Cancer Society

Who: Nikki Etxegoien, Hamstring Hustle Coordinator. David Baker, Hamstring Hustle Coordinator
What: The 21st Annual Hamstring Hustle
When: April 18th, 2015 at 9am
Where: The ECU Health Sciences Campus outside of the Nursing School Building
Phone: (252) 744-2278
Details: 100% of proceeds benefit the ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment center, a local organization that helps to provide youth in the east with healthy weight food options, weight loss counseling and meal planning counseling and assistance, and medical care free of charge.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Who: Growing Up FIT!
Healthy Snacks on the Go!
Today we are here to talk about healthy snacks on the go. Snacks are great ways to ensure you get plenty of healthy foods, have energy throughout the day and they may also help prevent overeating at meals. Research suggests that Americans get more than 25% of their daily calories from snacks.

What is a Healthy “On the Go” Snack?
• They are any snack that is high in vitamins and fiber and low in saturated fat, added sugars and sodium.
• These snacks can be eaten any time of the day and should come from one or more of the five food groups: fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains or protein.

How to Make Smart “on the go” Snack Choices:
• Find healthier substitutes: Instead of foods like candy bars or potato chips, try substituting for a healthy option that will have a similar taste. For example, potato chips could be replaced for whole wheat crackers or even low-fat popcorn.
• Be prepared: It can be hard to find time in the morning to make healthy snacks to bring with you throughout the day. Try to make them the night before so you’re all ready to go. Also, it is better to have snacks with you so you’re not tempted by unhealthier options.
• Save time by slicing fruits and veggies: This is a great snack to prepare ahead of time and to eat on the go. It is naturally low in fat, calories and sodium. They also provide many important vitamins and minerals.
• Eat whole grains & lean protein: Whole grains are a great source of fiber and can be easily eaten on the go. For example, cereals are a great source of whole grains and could be eaten without milk or in a trail mix. Lean proteins are also a great snack and are a great source of energy.
• Remember portion sizes: Remember, portion size is key. Snacks are not meals. It should be something to hold you over until your next meal. When you make on the go snacks, put the snacks in a plastic bag so they are already pre portioned before you eat them.

WHO: Lee Purcell/Run with George
WHAT: George Washington's Southern Tour Weekend in New Bern
WHEN: April 24 to 26, 2015
WHERE: New Bern
PHONE: (252)633-6448

Who: Growing Up Fit
Healthy Snacks on the Go!
We are here today to talk about healthy snacks to eat “on the go”. It can be difficult to eat healthy snacks whenever you are out and about, but healthy snacks choices provide us with important nutrients and the energy to get through the day. We’re going to share a recipe that is affordable, kid friendly, and will allow everyone to enjoy a healthy snack on the go!

Strawberry and Peanut Butter Wrap
Recipe: 2 servings
1) 1 whole wheat tortilla
2) 1 tablespoons peanut butter
3) 1/4 cup chopped strawberries

Instructions: Spread tortilla with peanut butter and sprinkle with strawberries. Roll up tortilla, trim off ends, and cut log into 1-inch slices.

Nutrient Analysis:
• Calories: 108; Total Fat 4.6 grams; Saturated Fat 0.8 grams; Sodium 102 mg; Total Carbohydrates 15.5 grams; Dietary Fiber 2.4 grams; Protein 4.1g
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Nutrition Tips:
• We want to demonstrate an affordable snack that is appealing to all ages and is easy to eat on the go. It is a healthy snack because it contains three of the five food groups: grains, fruit and protein. It is also low in fat and sodium and high in fiber and protein.
• The major benefits of this meal are:
o Kid Friendly: It is a colorful healthy option for kids.
o Quick preparation time: This meal can be prepared in less than five minutes.
o Amount of servings: The snack can feed up to two people.
o Strawberries: It is spring time and strawberries are about to be in season!
• Kids can get involved with the preparation by adding the peanut butter to the whole-wheat tortilla and adding strawberries.
• Other examples of healthy on the go snacks are: fruit yogurt parfait, healthy trail mix or whole wheat crackers with low fat cheese.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Who:Helen Mary Uebler, St. Peter's Church
What: Craft Fair
When: April 18

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Who: Meghan King, Ronald McDonald House Development Director
What: Sport-A-Shirt, Share-A-Night
When: We will be sporting the shirts on Friday, May 1st in support of our families who are going through such a difficult time with a sick child.
Where: Ronald McDonald House and throughout the community
Phone: 252-847-5435
Details: Because Healing Starts with Family
Families of seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment at area medical facilities need a feeling of security during trying times. The Ronald McDonald House allows families to be close to the one they love without having to spend money and time they don't have traveling back and forth from their home and the hospital. This fundraiser will help us accomplish this mission.

What: BBQ Festival on the Neuse
When: May 1-2, 2015
Where: Kinston
Phone: 252-560-2693
Details: WITN is a sponsor. This event drew 40,000+ people to Kinston last year. It is the largest BBQ cookoff festival in North Carolina. There are many events, including one that features the owner of the Chef and The Farmer, who is getting national recognition and has a PBS TV show. BBQ chefs come from near and far to take part in the cookoff. The event is organized by the Kinston-Lenoir Chamber of Commerce. This year, a kickoff concert is being presented by our radio partner WRNS on Thursday, April 30, with headline Kellie Picker.
Ten dollars is all it takes for a family to stay one night at the Ronald McDonald House. Sport A Shirt, Share A Night tee shirts are $10.00, with each shirt sold going directly to pay for a night's stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville for the family of a seriously ill or injured child receiving treatment at area medical facilities. To pre-order a t-shirt or to have your business participate in a company-wide donation drive for your employees, please call 252-847-5435 print SAS forms here and fax to 252-847-2229.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Who: Mary Sours
What: American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards Therapy Dog of the Year
Phone: 375-5206
Details:Jitters-Therapy Dogs
Charity Partner: Pet Partners
Jitters is a miracle dog in more ways than one. As a tiny puppy Jitters sustained a massive facial trauma and endured living on the streets with a broken jaw. By the time she was found at 6 months old, it had healed misaligned and she was missing teeth. I was looking for another therapy dog when I met Jitters at the shelter and my life changed. Jitters has a rare 6th sense when it comes to people, especially children. We are the therapy dog team that visits our local chidren's hospital and this is where one of these miracles comes into the story. We were visiting a little boy named Will who sustained a traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for 4 months. Jitters climbed on his bed and put her head under his tiny hand. We had a regular visit until it was time to leave. That is when he suddenly grabbed her collar, shook his head and gave a thumbs up!! This was his first communcation with the outside world, all because of Jitters. This is just one of Jitters' many miracle stories. From shelter dog to therapy dog our jouney continues...

WITN Sunrise Bios

NAME: Heather King
TITLE: WITN News at Sunrise Anchor and Executive Producer
ALMA MATER: University of Missouri
MARRIED: Happily!
CHILDREN: Lauren, Kate and Dixie the Dog
FAVORITE TV SHOW: How I Met Your Mother
FAVORITE BAND: U2, Kelly Clarkson
FAVORITE BOOK: Impossible to pick a favorite, but one of the best recent ones is "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls
FAVORITE FOOD: Homemade pizza
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON YOUR DAY OFF: Sleep in, spend time with my family, try new recipes - especially baking!
FUN FACT: I’m the youngest of four, and the shortest in my family. I am a towering 5’1” tall.

Heather King always knew she wanted to be a journalist and tell stories, but she didn't figure out the TV part of it until high school. Heather says, "don't laugh, but a few years on the Glenbard West speech team made the difference." So, she left the Chicago suburb where she grew up for the heart of the Midwest and headed to the University of Missouri.

Heather worked as a reporter and anchor at KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. The minute she felt the buzz and energy of an actual newsroom, she knew she picked the right career. Heather's reporting has been recognized by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Heather is the anchor and executive producer of WITN News at Sunrise and also reports. She's been fascinated by morning news since an internship with a Chicago television station. Heather will admit she hasn't always been a morning person, but she says it's easy to wake up well before the sun when you love your job!

Getting into work early often means getting out of work early in the day. That schedule has allowed Heather to enjoy quality time with her daughter each afternoon. She is also a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pitt County Corporate Board and is on the committee that plans the annual MS Walk in Greenville.

Heather and her husband Chris live in Greenville with their two daughters, and their dog, Dixie.


NAME: Jim Howard
TITLE: Meteorologist WITN News at Sunrise
ALMA MATER: Florida State University
CHILDREN: Two Stepsons
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Law and Order: Criminal Intent
FAVORITE MOVIE: Reservoir Dogs
FAVORITE SONG: "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" by Billy Joel
FAVORITE BOOK: "Isaac's Storm" by Erik Larson
FAVORITE FOOD: Michaelangelos Pizza in Greenville
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON YOUR DAY OFF: Toss up between working in the yard and sleeping
FUN FACT: I've skydived over 40 times. I've got an irrational fear of wasps.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: Computer with satellite internet connection...I could learn survival skills off the internet.

"There's gonna be weather, whether or not."

These were the words Jim Howard's grandfather would tell him every time Jim would start talking about approaching snow. Growing up in Poughkeepsie, New York allowed Jim many opportunities to bug his family about the snow. Now, living in North Carolina allows him to bug them about hurricanes as well!

Jim's road to Eastern Carolina went from a childhood in upstate New York to his adolescence in South Florida. Looking out the airplane window his first time flying into West Palm Beach, Jim turned to his mom and said "look, there's snow on the ground!" Jim says she gave him a funny smile. The smile turned into a laugh when they stepped off the plane and Jim realized that the "snow" was sand, and the air felt like a furnace! This is just one of many experiences that fueled Jim's desire to learn more about the earth's atmosphere.

Jim's passion for weather took him to Florida State University, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology. Within a week, he secured his first job, as the morning meteorologist for a Panama City, Florida television station. Although he was very excited about his first job, he quickly discovered one big problem. He would have to readjust his alarm clock from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Strong coffee and cold showers became a regular part of his morning!

Jim says he was a fully transformed "morning person" when offered the opportunity to work as the meteorologist on WITN-7 News at Sunrise in 2001. With family in both New York and Florida, Eastern Carolina has proved to be the perfect location for Jim. He says being a part of WITN-7 News at Sunrise has been rewarding beyond his expectations. The people of Eastern Carolina are as kind and generous as any he's every met, and the variety of weather keeps him on his toes! From snow and hurricanes, to severe thunderstorms and flooding threats, Jim says there's one thing that can be definitely said about our climate:

"There's gonna be weather, whether or not!"

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SCAM ALERT: Fake detectives fishing for cash

Posted: 03/03/2015 - If you heard the FBI or some out-of-state police detective wanted to talk to you about a complaint, you would likely want to clear things up right? That is just what some scammers are hoping for as they dial numbers. Before they dial yours, read more about today's scam alert.

SCAM ALERT: Cell phone held for ransom

Updated: 02/13/2015 - Many of us are addicted to our smart phones now. So imagine your screen locking up, saying you violated some federal law. You would probably take it seriously- and that is just what scammers want!

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Updated: 01/22/2015 - Deputies phones have been ringing off the hook in Jones County with reports of this scam that all starts with a different phone ringing: yours.

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