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N-O-T: Not On Tobacco

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Community Engagement

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The Family Lifestyle Project

A study to identify potential factors that link asthma and metabolic disorders...

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WV PRC Receives $750,000 Grant from CDC

The West Virginia Prevention Research Center (WVPRC) was awarded $750,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct disease prevention research in West Virginia. 

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CVS to Quit Tobacco Sales Oct. 1 - Dominion Post

Catherine Whitworth, researcher at the West Virginia Prevention Research Center, comments on CVS's recent announcement to stop carrying cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco products in its stores nationwide.

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Anti-Smoking Efforts Have Saved Eight Million Lives-WDTV

"We have one in five people die from smoking in our state, and that's a huge cost. A lot of that cost is born through health insurance providers and through companies, and if we had fewer people smoking we'd have much longer lives, and a higher quality of life," said Robert Anderson, researcher with the WVU School of Public Health [WV Prevention Research Center].

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The West Virginia Prevention Research Center (WV PRC) is one of 37 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These PRCs are housed in universities across the country and share a focus on public health in community settings. WV PRC researchers and public health specialists are committed to conducting culturally-appropriate research that benefits the health of the people of Appalachia.

Our research focuses on examining the underlying behaviors and social conditions related to tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle, and poor nutrition. We strive to reduce health disparities related to race/ethnicity, geography, and socioeconomic status in West Virginia.