ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION
STRIVING TO MAKE SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA A MODEL OF HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND ACTIVE LIVING
Our founders recognized that West Virginia was struggling with heart disease, diabetes, short life expectancy, drug abuse, and obesity. Public and private partners came together to support this non-profit organization, focused on improving those statistics and assisting local communities to improving health, increasing activity, and becoming the model for active living.
The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority helped launch Active Southern West Virginia, as a non-profit region-wide initiative to motivate area residents, businesses, schools and local governments to make physical activity a personal and regional priority. A healthy and active community will attract new businesses, tourism and jobs while developing a proud culture of wellness and physical activity in southern West Virginia.
Erin Ellis-Reid, Community Outreach Director
Board Member; New River Trail Alliance
Emily Wilkinson, Community Health Director