Community helps plan 2014 Marion WOW retreat

Volunteers sought to help

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Marion County Community Partnership with the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at West Virginia University (CoE) will host the ninth Women on Wellness (WOW) retreat Saturday, Oct. 25 at Heston Farm in Fairmont.

Representatives from the City of Fairmont, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, Pierpont Community College, Fairmont State University, the CoE, and other local groups have joined to invite interested community members to participate in this year’s WOW retreat, a fun and female-focused, day-long behavioral change program.

Plans for this year’s event will be discussed at an informative town hall meeting hosted by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, August 22, at the Chamber office on Adams Street in Fairmont.

“West Virginia is near the bottom nationally in almost all health measures, and the fact that the United States ranks 35 globally indicates that what we are doing as a nation is not working. We believe the answer is behavior change, not a new diet,” Betty Critch, executive director of the CoE, said.

“The program does not endorse any particular diet. It teaches women how to lead healthy lifestyles. By empowering women with knowledge, we believe our participants can lead a grassroots effort to change the gruesome health statistics in the state. By helping women make positive changes, we can impact not only their lives but the lives of their families and the community.”

WOW is built around a message of behavioral change and personal empowerment. Participants engage in a three-part program of various activities meant to maintain, move, and nourish the body, mind, and spirit. In addition, a range of health screenings will be offered. Ultimately, the goal is for women to walk away with the confidence, knowledge, and the motivation they need to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families

The WVU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health is focused on providing support to women at every stage of their lives. The WVU Center is one of 20 located throughout the country. While its sister centers are located in urban areas, the WVU CoE has a statewide reach.

The Marion WOW retreat’s registration fee is $50, with scholarships and gift certificates available for women in financial need. The program is free for women in the military (active duty, guards, reservists, or veterans) and wives or significant others of service personnel. No woman or girl will be turned away, and there will be volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available.

For more information on WOW Retreats, visit www.wowicandoit.com or call 304-293-5690.


For more information:
Leigh Limerick, Communication Specialist, 304-293-7087
lal: 08-20-14

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