"We have to teach parents how to teach their children," Wesley said, adding funding for those types of programs is on the chopping block.
Carey Grace, an organizer for West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families, said before she got the job she has now, she struggled working a minimum-wage job.
"People deserve, if they work 40 hours a week, they deserve to make enough money to take care of their families," she said.
Laura Dice, with Keys 4 Healthy Kids, said Tuesday making sure children get at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day during school would increase test scores, and help behavior. It also would decrease their risk of childhood obesity.
Ted Boettner, executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, explained the benefits of creating a "future fund" to save and invest oil and gas tax revenue.
"One injustice in this state has always been not benefiting from our rich natural resources," Boettner said.
Mike Pushkin, a Charleston taxi driver, described seeing children being dragged on late- night drug runs.
"No matter the severity of the crime, when parents are sentenced, the child suffers also," he said.
The group supports addressing the sale of pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient used to make methamphetamine. It also wants to see an "army for recovery" created by increasing substance abuse treatment programs and removing barriers for those getting treatment to find jobs.
Reach Kate White at kate.wh...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.