August Community Captain of the Month: Missy Burleson

“Active Southern West Virginia takes great pride in its Community Captains. We strongly believe that without them our mission would be impossible. They are dedicated to making their communities a happier, healthier, and an altogether brighter place to live. We are forever grateful for their service and passion for creating equal and free opportunities for their community members to participate in. This month we are highlighting the accomplishments of our Beckley Community ...

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Get Active By Volunteering

Volunteerism strengthens communities in so many ways. Outside of the obvious benefits of helping organizations in your community support the most dire needs of the those around you, research also shows that it is good for you, saves resources, provides opportunity for professional development, brings people together, promotes personal growth, provides a learning experience, and encourages civic responsibility. What’s not to love? And the best part is the smile on the faces of those you are serving, and knowing no ...

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The New River Gorge Games Have Events For All Interest

The first weekend in August attracts athletes and families to the New River Gorge to take part in a variety of race events, but to also enjoy the scenic beauty, historic towns and a pleasant mountain climate. There are as many locally owned restaurant choices as options to get active with or without the family.

The New River Gorge Games encompass a 5K walk or run, a 28.5-mile triathlon through the New River Gorge featuring mountain biking, whitewater kayaking and ...

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Wanted: Water Aerobics Instructor

Active Southern West Virginia is looking for community members interested in obtaining a water aerobics instructor certification to teach group water aerobics in their community. As we prepare for the winter months, we recognize opportunities for activity will be more difficult to create so we are willing to contact local hotels and other indoor pool facilities to request use of their space for community members to come in and stay active through winter.

Just two and a half hours per week ...

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July Community Captain of the Month: Hilary Nicolau

Active Southern West Virginia takes great pride in its Community Captains. We strongly believe that without them our mission would be impossible. They are dedicated to making their communities a happier, healthier, and an altogether brighter place to live. We are forever grateful for their service and passion for creating equal and free opportunities for their community members to participate in. This month we are highlighting the accomplishments of our ...

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Wanted: Walking Group Leaders

The benefits of walking are immense. Imagine if there was a magic medication that could reduce risk factors for dementia and mental decline, halve the risk for Type 2 Diabetes, decrease risk for cardiovascular disease, reduce stress, cholesterol, and blood pressure, help curb painful symptoms associated with arthritis, and prevent anxiety and depression. That stuff would be flying off the shelves! The good news is, this prescription is free; just ...

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Active SWV Training Teams

Active Southern West Virginia would like to announce that we have three newly created Training Teams. Active SWV Training Teams are a free service providing safe and effective training guidance and the encouragement needed to train up to area events. It is meant to be a safe environment for new runners looking for guidance as well as a place experienced runners can come for fine tuning or just for a social group to run with.

Beckley Training Team

Owner of the ...

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A Call to Action

Active Southern West Virginia believes healthy lifestyles contribute to a better economy and community. Every day, we train Community Captains to run exercise programs because we believe capacity building is vital to our mission and sustainability lies with giving the community the power to create their own active lifestyle.

We are currently in search of motivated leaders in all the communities that encompass Fayette, Raleigh, Nicholas, and Summers that are willing to lead their friends, family, and neighbors in weekly or ...

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WVU Summer Steps Program

West Virginia University Extension Service’s Office is hosting their Summer Steps program for the fourth year. The goal of this program is to get West Virginians active by prompting a competition among the counties for most steps logged.

The competition runs June 1st through August 31st. “Individuals across the state can register, indicate the county they wish their mileage to count toward, and track their personal mileage through WVU Extension’s online tracker at fh.ext.wvu.edu.”

This is a great opportunity to start your ...

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