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See you at the Try This Conference!

6th Annual

Try This Conference

June 7-8th, 2019




And back by popular demand……..

Healthcare Professionals Day June 6th, 2019




WV Wesleyan College, Buckhannon

Two (or three) inspiring days with hundreds of new friends!

Register at a LOW early-bird rate of $100! Price will increase to $125 on May 1st. Register NOW for lowest rates!!





Are you working for a healthier West Virginia? This conference is for you!

Get a video glimpse of the conference here!


Enjoy two( or three) idea-packed, inspiring days with like-minded West Virginians! Trade ideas with people from all over the state who are doing great things in their own communities.  Get inspired again and again. Meet new friends!  Help build a statewide movement!




Conference Schedule

2019 Schedule COMING SOON!! 


Breakout Sessions

2019 Sessions COMING SOON!  Lots of new sessions and favorite topics. 

From farmers markets and school gardens to bicycling and running, to school-based health centers and parks, the Try This workshop leaders are West Virginians who really know their stuff!






Otherwise, we have a great idea for you: Try the dorm!

  1. Bring all your pillows, cushions, etc. and make yourself at home in a dorm room.  Memories of college!  Save money!

Scholarships available for youth and adults!


Register Today!



Grants up to $3,000 for your healthy-community project!

Get a team together and apply for a mini-grant for a healthy-community project!

If three or more people from your community attend and plan as a team, you can apply for a  minigrant of up to $3,000 to help fund a healthy-community project!

Brainstorm with others from your community in a stimulating atmosphere. 



Click here for info on how to build a mini-grant team and apply for a healthier community grant!


2014 mini-grant projects

2015 mini-grant projects

2016 mini-grant projects!

2017 mini-grant projects!


The Try This conference is a project of a big coalition of groups that would like to see our state knocked off the worst health lists: the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, the WV Association of Counties, the WV Office of Child Nutrition, Change The Future WV, WV Food and Farm Coalition, WVU Extension, West Virginia Farmers Market Association, UniCare, West Virginia Primary Care Association, KEYS 4HealthyKids, WV on the Move, WV Bureau for Public Health, WV Community Development Hub, Main Street WV, American Friends Service Committee, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, West Virginia School-Based Health Assembly, Step by Step, WVU Health Sciences Center, the WV Council of Churches and the WV Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.




You don’t have to wait for the conference to get inspired!

Explore the Try This Web site now!




  1. This is exciting. So glad Stephanie told me about it. I plan to work to get others to come also…Thank you. Making me feel better about being back home in WV. Just need to know somebody out there is working TOGETHER and this is the place to learn and make it happen in Mount Hope!

    • Jean, you’re making it happen! Went right home and helped create Mt. Hope on the Move! Cheers for you!

  2. I did not see a deadline for conference registration and also can non profit organizations in a community setting sending Three staff members residing in the community be eligible for the mini grants Thank you -A. Benedetto

  3. Great idea!

  4. What are the dates for the Try This Conference in 2015?

  5. i am an activist for a healthy wv , glad to be part of this group to help and talk to people about this. i live in charleston , call me any time at 304-419-6416

  6. Very interested. We do Geri Olympics in the move for nursing home residents

    • Ted, I’d love to know more about that.

  7. I am the ON-Site Supervisor for AmeriCorps in Parsons and would LOVE to attend this year’s TRY THIS conference, but we will be hosting 2 events on June 3 and 4. June 3rd is our first “Friday Music in the Park” for the season and June 4th is our first annual “Bike and Hike” for families in Parsons on our bike trail. So sorry we can’t attend.

  8. Are you reaching out to gym teachers or any of the “green” schools in the state? Could this conference serve as in-service time, etc?
    John Marshall High School has a culinary arts program, as does WVNCC, and hopefully they were notified.

  9. Do you have the schedule available for the 2018 conference yet? Are there activities on Thursday like 2017?

  10. I don’t know how I got knock off mailing list but knew nothing about this year’s conference sad

    • That is sad!! The 2019 Conference date has been set for June 7-8th in Buckhannon. Please email Ashley Starcher at for more info. Keep an eye on the website for new conference information to be added.

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  12. This editorial is wonderful! Thank you Charleston Gazette-Mail!


  1. Editorial: Mountaineers invited to swap healthy community tactics – Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription) | Information - […] Virginia sits at second-worst in America’s obesity rate, however as organizers of the Try This Conference! like to say,…

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