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2017 Try This conference schedule

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Artist Erica Bota drew while people were talking during the opening session of the 2016 Try This connference, and she captured the spirit of the whole session!

Thursday, June 1:

Come early! Relax and be fresh for the conference!

Enjoy special activities our partners created to piggyback on the conference.



This is the 2017 schedule. The 2018 schedule will be very similar.

We will have the 2018 schedule up by early April. Meanwhile, take a look to get an idea of how your day is likely to go!


9 – 5: Try This for Healthcare Professionals: a day of evidence-based strategies for identifying, preventing, and reversing obesity, diabetes and metabolic roots of disease. CEU credit available for doctors, nurses, and dieticians.

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Thursday night is a great time to kick back and relax, catch up with old friends and meet new ones!

5 – 7 pm  Chef Dale Hawkins’ tour of his FishHawk Acres organic farm, followed by a gourmet farm dinner. A private event, piggybacking on the conference. Experience a West Virginia local foods legend! $40 per person. Must make a reservation. Limited to 100 people.

4 pm: Conference registration and room check-in starts. Closes at 9 pm.

7:00 – 9:00 pm: Try This Exhibits open. Wesleyan dining hall. A great chance for one-on-one conversations with exhibitors. List of exhibitors here.

7:00 pm: Networking fun.Wesleyan dining hall. Fun networking exercises to help you meet and trade ideas with strangers.

All evening: Relax and play games on the green. Hula hoops, Frisbees, etc. – and the gaga pit!

Dinner on your own.


Friday, June 2:

The fun officially begins!


7:00 – 8:30 Physical activity! Couch to 5K running workshop + run. Yoga, tai chi on the green in front of the chapel.  Meditation / mindfulness session: go in door at back of the Chapel building.  Wellness center open

7:30 – 9:00   Breakfast and exhibits in the dining hall.

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At Try This, you get right down to having fun!

8:00 – 9:15   Register at Performing Arts Center Coffee,  greet friends, network and enjoy a healthy treat!

9:15 –  11:30: Opening Session!

Getting inspired, getting ideas. Talking with strangers! Spotlighting West Virginia success stories >  The movement is growing fast!

11:30 – 1:00 Lunch: network! More talk with strangers! Network! No speeches! An extra half-hour this year so you can check out exhibits.

1:-15– 2:30 Breakout sessions # 1 : 10 great sessions by inspiring West Virginians, sharing what they know

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One inspiring WV example after another! Here, Morgantown’s Eric Murphy;s iFather program has involved more than 2,000 dads!

2:30 – 2:50: Break time: more trading ideas

2:50 – 4:05  Breakout sessions #2 : 10 more great sessions

4:30 – 5:30 Whole-group session: Turning a little pile of $$ into a bigger pile! Hear from champion leveragers! These people know how to start with a little and end up with a lot! We’ll come out of this session with a big list of ideas!

5:45 – 7:00   Dinner.

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We don’t just talk about getting active!

6:45 – 8:45 Fun activities on the green: Games and demos: Join in! Enjoyable, low-cost activities you can copy for your community!  Hula hoop and belly dancing workshops! Tai chi and yoga! Ultimate frisbee and frisbee golf! Check out Barboursville’s Wheelie Healthy-Food wagon! Get a profile of your area from the WV FOODLINK  folks.

6:30 – 7:30 Exhibitors at their exhibits

Evening: Your time: Enjoy downtown Buckhannon, hang out with friends, old or new, or take the opportunity to turn in early! Up to you!


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Friday evening, the Wesleyan Green is full of great stuff to do!

Saturday, June 3:

More friends to make, 20 more workshops to choose from!


7:30 – 8:30 Couch to 5K/beginner running workshop, meets by the fountain.

Yoga and tai chi meet on the green in front of the chapel.

Meditation and Mindfulness in the small chapel: Go in door at back of the chapel.

Walk with Ease demonstration (Arthritis Foundation): on the dining room plaza.

Wellness center open.


7:30 – 8:45 Breakfast in dining hall, exhibits.  Want to network around a particular interest? Let us know you’d like to have an interest table! So far, biking as transportation and Running Resource Network!


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Our presenters know what they’re talking about because they’ talk about what they do!

9 –  10:00 Group session:  Healthy Communities = Economic Development:  


10:15 – 11-:30 Breakout sessions # 3: Yet another 10 great breakout sessions! See the descriptions here.

11:30 – 11:45 Physical activity demo on the green: hula hooping and other


11:45 – 1:00 Breakout session # 4: Can you believe it? Another great 10!

1:15 – 2:15 Lunch: Want to network around a particular issue?  You can join – or organize – an interest table!

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It’s a great place for your team to compare notes and ideas if you want to apply for a minigrant.

2:15 – 3:30 Teams work on minigrants! A great chance for local teams to get a good start and consult with state-level people who can tell you about resources, etc.


Checkout by 4:30. Keys in.


18. one on one.Chuck Talbott

At the conference, you can sit down and get advice on your projects from all the conference experts. Come pick their brains about your project! They’re there to help! Here’s Chuck Talbott, Extension Agent, Putnam County, who can advise you well on most any aspect of gardening, community gardening, hightunnel programs for kids, livestock raising, etc. etc. etc.

1 Comment

  1. This will be our first time coming to Try This. We are so excited to be a part of this program. Can’t wait!
    Group from Larry Joe Harless Community Center, Gilbert. WV Mingo County

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