Mission: Active Southern West Virginia is a non-profit providing an ecosystem of physical activity for the residents of southern West Virginia, by offering programs led by trained volunteers from within the communities they serve. By removing barriers, individuals are empowered to manage their own health in underserved coal-impacted communities, resulting in a healthier workforce.  

Vision: Active SWV seeks for everyone to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. Populations are targeted who face the greatest economic and social barriers. Improving health outcomes through behavioral change will strengthen community and economic development.  

   Wellness Creates Jobs  

Strategy: Community Captains, an innovative program developed by Active SWV, and other Active SWV volunteers are themselves residents seeking healthier lifestyles and experiencing accountability by leading groups. These volunteers are provided training with comprehensive program manuals and certifications to facilitate quality programming within communities, workplaces, local governments, and schools. This unique and evidenced based peer-to-peer model provides interventions to help prevent and manage chronic diseases in coal-impacted communities. Volunteers invite their friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to join a routine of being active. This social support system is delivered in person and virtually.  


  • I won't even lie, I am ridiculously pumped about this: I just completed 1.01miles in 13:29, I shaved 1:32 off of my fastest mile time! I hope everyone is able to enjoy this weather today and set new personal records. Can't wait to run with everyone on Monday–Erica McGraw Hampton - following last week's run with Beckley Running Supplies Stores, Beginner 101 Mondays.

  • Great events, great people, lots of fun for families! All fitness levels welcome and encouraged!!! I for one have had a blast!–Vince Nicolau - after joining Mile Mondays

  • Between spending this morning walking the soccer field with Levi and the afternoon fixing geocaches with Gary, I must have observed more than 200 people on the trails and walking the loop sidewalk around the complex. I believe much of that traffic is a result of ActiveSWV.–David Sibray

  • Our school just needed something for the kids who don't get to participate in other things. We had over 50 kids show up on the first day. They just want to be active and have fun. They want to be a part of something. –Laura .Ayers, Volunteer Coach at Fairdale Elementary Run Club

  • I just have to tell everyone how thankful I am for this Qi Gong class. I have been practicing Qi Gong now for about a month, and today was the first time in years and years that I was able to spend 30 minutes grocery shopping without using the electric buggy!!! Although I still have pain when I stand, walk, or spend time sitting up straight for an amount of time, I now actually have times when I feel no pain. I had forgotten how it felt to be pain free even for a few moments. Thank you Joe Jett for teaching this class and Billy Thompson for telling me about Joe!–Janis Dean, Tai Chi