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  • 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.  

  • PRC's Network Celebrate 30 years!

    Friday, February 12, 2016

    The West Virginia Prevention Research Center would like to congradulate the Prevention Research Center's (PRCs) Program on celebrating their 30 year anniversary! 

  • WVPRC affiliate to lead Biomedical Masters of Science in Health Sciences grad program

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

    WVU Cancer Institute researcher Linda Vona-Davis, Ph.D., has been selected to lead the Biomedical Masters of Science in Health Sciences graduate program.

  • Dr. Lesley Cottrell named interim director for WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities

    Friday, October 30, 2015

    Lesley Cottrell, Ph.D., professor and vice chair of research in the West Virginia University School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics, has agreed to serve as the interim director of the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED).

  • WVPRC affiliate partners with CDC to develop first ever resource guide for mall walkers

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    The first ever resource guide for the “sport” of mall walking was recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Developed in partnership with researchers from West Virginia University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Alaska Anchorage, led by researchers at the University of Washington Health Promotion Resource Center.

  • West Virginia Prevention Research Center awards bicycle to local student

    Thursday, June 11, 2015

    The West Virginia Prevention Research Center (WVPRC), housed within the WVU School of Public Health, recently enlisted the help of fifth-grade students to inform the naming and branding of a new research project.

  • WVPRC's Cottrell Named Excellence Award Winner

    Monday, May 4, 2015

    The WVU Health Sciences Center Women In Science and Health (WISH) Committee recently recognized two faculty members – Elizabeth J. Scharman, Pharm.D., and Lesley E. Cottrell, Ph.D. – for outstanding achievements.

  • A lot of smoke: WVU study examines cigarillo modification health claims

    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    Exposure to any level of cigarette and cigar smoke may put people at risk for future lung disease, but a rising trend known as “hyping” could be sending the wrong message about how to avoid those dangers.

  • WVU study suggests being conscientious can reduce wear and tear on the body

    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    Research from West Virginia University and Midlife Development in the United States suggests an individual’s personality traits are associated with the wear and tear their bodies experience across adulthood.