05/06/2005

‘WV DIVAS OUT WALKING’ Program Starts Saturday

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health (CoEWH) is inviting all West Virginia women to join its WV DIVAS OUT WALKING program, officially beginning on Saturday, May 7, outside Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Officials from the WV WALKS media campaign will hold closing ceremonies following the Mental Health Association’s eighth annual two-mile relay walk outside the hospital, which begins at 11 a.m. At noon, WV Walks officials will then “pass the baton” to the WV DIVAS OUT WALKING program.

WV DIVAS OUT WALKING is a six-week walking program designed to encourage women of all ages to walk at least 30 minutes per day. Through this program, the CoEWH hopes to increase the proportion of women who engage in regular physical activity and thereby reduce the rate of obesity and the risks of heart disease and diabetes in West Virginia women.

Local women interested in signing up for WV DIVAS may sign up at the Saturday event. The first 100 women to register for WV DIVAS will receive a free pedometer and log book. As part of the program, women are also invited to ‘Walking Women’s Wednesdays’ events that will include group walks, screenings and informational seminars.

Women unable to attend on Saturday can sign up at www.presidentschallenge.org by entering their personal information along with a group identification number, “29288,” or contact Colleen Harshbarger at 290-3700.

The mission of the CoEWH is to improve the well being of all women across the lifespan through education, research, clinical care, community partnerships and promotion of leadership of women in academic health professions. WVU houses one of only 21 National Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health nationwide.

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For more information:
Colleen Harshbarger, (304) 291-6195 or 290-3700

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