Mount Hope – July Community of the Month

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, so does the city of Mount Hope, West Virginia. Mount Hope is one of many coal impacted communities in southern West Virginia working to improve the quality of life for their decreasing populations while pivoting their economy. Active living assets and opportunities are strategies this city has set as a priority and Active Southern West Virginia is proud to be a partner in this important work.

Mount Hope Active Living Projects

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Richwood Trails: Monongahela Outdoor Volunteers Update

Bicycling is gaining popularity around the nation in 2020 due to restricted public transportation and social distancing. Mountain biking is also growing in participation for those seeking a rural adventure. Active Southern West Virginia encourages the residents of Nicholas, Fayette, Raleigh, and Summers counties to include biking in communities as a way of staying active.

A West Virginia University researcher says exercising on local trails has doubled during the pandemic and is safe as long as people use best practices to ...

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How to Host a Virtual Step Challenge

A simple way to stay sane, healthy and connected

Whether your work life has changed or not, most all of us are under additional stress these days. Often, stepping away for a bit is the best way to refocus. Active SWV’s Workplace Wellness program has received several requests to help create Virtual Step Challenges as a way for co-workers to stay sane, healthy, and connected. So we decided to put together this little ...

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Community of the Month: Helen, WV

As a new feature to our monthly newsletter, we will be highlighting a small coal-impacted community with the intent of introducing their residents and neighbors to the Active SWV mission of improving health through physical activity. Our nation once depended on the hard work of these communities to power the industrial revolution and we cannot forget their importance. And if, in the process, we can identify potential volunteer Community Captains in these ...

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Bike Walk SWV Poised for Achievement in 2020

Walking and biking are coming back in style as people are prioritizing the health of the environment and ourselves more. And Active Southern West Virginia is here for it.

For four years, Active SWV’s Bike Walk SWV program has steadily spread influence over our region. Last year boasts several mile makers including ...

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Appreciating Active SWV Volunteers 2019

Welcome to the 5th Active Southern West Virginia Volunteer Appreciation Awards! Thank you to our hosts at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, live music by “One For the Road”, and the staff at Active Southern West Virginia.

Everyone at this ...

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Beckley Becoming a Bike Friendly Community

The City of Beckley applied to be recognized as a bicycle Friendly community through the League of American bicyclists.

For the past two years, Active Southern West Virginia and the Beckley Bike and Pedestrian Action Committee (BPAC) has focused their efforts in Beckley to make the community more accommodating ...

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Town of Fayetteville WV Passes Complete Streets Policy

Congratulations Fayetteville, WV!

The Town of Fayetteville has recently joined a number of other cities around the New River Gorge region to adopt a Complete Streets policy. At special city council meeting the resolution passed; adding Fayetteville to the like of Mount Hope, Beckley, Oak Hill, and Hinton committing to increasing safe streets in our communities.

What are the benefits?

Complete Streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages ...

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