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.

  • Establish local exercise groups
  • Deliver healthy living strategies
  • Generate opportunities for group exercise
  • Promote existing sporting activities
  • Implement activities suggested by the community
  • Assist schools with healthy living programs
  • Provide family friendly activities
  • Increase conversation about wellness
  • Promote the area for adventure tourism

OUR PEOPLE