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  • Cecil Pollard recognized with Distinguished Mountaineer Award

    Monday, March 6, 2017

    Congratulations are in order for Cecil Pollard, Director of the WVU Office of Health Services Research, who has been named as a Distinguished Mountaineer by Governor Jim Justice!

  • West Virginia Prevention Research Center working to get kids active

    Friday, February 24, 2017

    Throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley, West Virginia Prevention Research Center researchers and partners are collaborating with schools and families to increase physical activity among fifth graders.

  • WVPRC Welcomes New Faculty & Staff

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    The WVPRC is delighted to welcome new faculty and staff to our team!

  • WVU doctor helps community with "Finding Wellness"

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    A WVU Medicine physician has launched a free program dedicated to improving health among Morgantown area residents, called “Finding Wellness.”

  • Finding Wellness initiative aimed at improving personal health

    Monday, June 6, 2016

    Finding Wellness is a new, free program for people who are ready to make permanent lifestyle changes to improve personal health. This six-week program is open to anyone in the community and meets from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday afternoons at WVU Medicine University Town Centre. Monthly supermarket shopping events take place on the second Friday of every month.

  • WVPRC Affiliates, Drs. Nicholas Turiano and Amy Gentzler, receive Pilot funding from WVCTSI

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    WVPRC Affiliates, Drs. Nicholas Turiano and Amy Gentzler, receive Pilot funding from WVCTSI

  • FDA E-Cig Ruling: Local Experts React

    Friday, May 6, 2016

    Public health professionals say although many are led to believe these things are a safer alternative to cigarettes or chew, we don't yet have the science to back that up. They say this is just one of many steps needed to move the Mountain State forward in terms of our heavy use of tobacco.

  • WVU experts laud FDA's extension of tobacco regulations to e-cigarettes, other products

    Thursday, May 5, 2016

    Public health and other experts at West Virginia University lauded the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement Thursday that e-cigarettes and other tobacco products like premium cigars and hookahs will be regulated in the same way as traditional cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

  • Tobacco is WV's Opportunity for Change

    Sunday, April 17, 2016

    Our state spends over $1.3 billion a year on health care costs directly related to cigarette smoking and loses another $1 billion in workplace productivity. The state government’s financial crisis is directly tied to the $277 million we must spend each year on Medicaid charges associated with cigarette smoking. That’s about $150 per citizen, smoker or not. Last year, about 3.5 billion cigarettes were sold in West Virginia. Children and teens bought or smoked about 70 million of those. - See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/opinion-op-ed-commentaries/20160417/gregory-a-hand-clay-b-marsh-tobacco-is-wvs-opportunity-for-change#sthash.YGFHPzIr.dpuf

  • Healthy Children Project

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Pleasants County kids – 2-5-year-olds – will soon have the opportunity to benefit from the “Healthy Children Project.” Dianna Lewis, Pleasants County Extension agent, presented the program to members of the Pleasants County Board of Education March 31. She said three counties in West Virginia were selected by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based on adult obesity rates in 2012. With the help of West Virginia University Extension Service, the program is offered to youngsters in Pleasants, Barbour and Gilmer counties. The project aims to increase healthy eating and physical activity behaviors of families with young children. “Poor health habits among children may lead to health problems in adulthood,” Lewis explained. “Better eating habits need to start when they are young and that’s why we’re targeting 2-5-year-olds.” In addition to the pre-kindergarten classes in Pleasants County, the program will be utilized at local child care facilities including Jack & Jill Preschool and Little Helping Hands. Lewis said educators in the childcare facilities were given surveys some time ago that provided insight of the needs for the program. Grants will provide funds for the program that extends to October 2017. The funds will provide healthy snacks to the children and allow for teachers and daycare centers to purchase physical education equipment. Participating classrooms may also get involved in a farm to school project that will provides fresh, local produce, learning activities, food tastings and school gardens, Lewis added. Parents get involved and will be invited to community Family Fun events four times a year. The events feature family meals, prizes and hands-on learning, targeting at-home practices parents can do. Parents learn easy tips for healthy family meals, being active together and cooking. Lewis asked board members to keep the Healthy Children Project in mind for next year in the event funding is needed to continue after grants are expended. Agencies also involved in the program are the West Virginia Prevention Research Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.