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WV Wesleyan to Host Inaugural "Try This" Conference

Reported: Jun. 6, 2014 9:05 AM EDT
Updated: Jun. 6, 2014 9:18 AM EDT
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BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (Kaylin Searles) – Studies show that one in four eleven-year-olds in West Virginia has high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol. One in three of these children is obese. These statistics are raising concerns in communities all over the state, and they are ready to do something about it.

West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon will host more than 20 organizations and 350 West Virginians who hope to help create a healthier West Virginia. The first statewide “Try This" conference will join forces for the common good on June 6-7.

Forty four counties will be in attendance that will provide 50 community teams. Community teams will be eligible to apply for more than $50,000 in mini-grants for healthy local projects

A statewide physical activity network is set to launch at the conference. Also, attendees will brainstorm a campaign for healthy cooking, among other things.

Local success stories will be shared, and celebrated, with 30 How-To breakout sessions. Some of these success stories include creation of farmers markets, school-based health centers and running and bicycling groups that promoted a healthy lifestyle and positively impacted economic development.

For more information on this event, click here.



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