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See you at the Try This Conference!

Seventh Annual

Try This Conference


WV Wesleyan College, Buckhannon

Two inspiring days with

  hundreds of new and old friends!


We’re so sorry to tell you, but, because of COVID19, the 2020 conference is cancelled.  But we will be back next year!  What a celebration that will be! 


Important: The minigrants are not cancelled. 

Minigrants will be awarded twice this year, first in June, then in October. The October deadline is October 22.

Go to for information, application forms, lists of past minigrants and a step by step tutorial for the application.


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

Here’s a video glimpse of the conference!


Treat yourself to two idea-packed, energizing days 


Trade ideas with people from all over the state who are doing great things in their own communities.


Get inspired again and again.

Help build the statewide movement!



Check out the 2020 Breakout Sessions



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

Get a team together and apply for a mini-grant for your own 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!


Early bird rate of $100 good till April 15!



Lodging: Many motels and airbnbs available in the area (download list). Dorm rooms available $20 – $30 per night. Sign up at registration.



What about the corona virus? WV Wesleyan’s tentative plan is to re-open the campus in June. We will keep monitoring  the situation. If, one month out, health officials are still asking us to stay home, the conference will be postponed or we will find another Plan B.

Meanwhile, we’re going forward in hope. If the conference is postponed, everyone who is registered (attendees and presenters) will be asked if they want to transfer to the new date or prefer a refund. So go ahead and sign up! Support Try This and save your spot.

The staff will continue to award scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships will transfer if the conference is postponed, so go ahead and apply!

Health and safety first!   Fingers crossed and stay healthy!





Click here for the individual scholarship form

Try This will give scholarships to as many West Virginians as possible, but there’s a limited amount of money. So go ahead and send us your application!

Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Group scholarship form

If you have a group that is coming together, and some need scholarships, this form will let you apply for their scholarships as a group. If more than six of your group need scholarships, please contact




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




And here’s a conference flier you can share with others!


The schedule and breakout list will be up in March.

Check out the 2019 breakout sessions and schedule.



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

Explore the Try This Web site now!




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. Partners include: the WV Alliance of Family Resource Networks, the WV Association of Counties, WV Food and Farm Coalition, WVU Extension, The Future of Nursing WV, WVU Medicine East, WVU Medicine Parkersburg, Grow Ohio Valley, the WV SChool of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia Farmers Market Association, KEYS 4HealthyKids, WV Bureau for Public Health, Mindful WV, WV Community Development Hub,  American Friends Service Committee, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, PATCH 21, Step by Step, WVU Health Sciences Center, the WV Council of Churches and the WV Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.





  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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    • Thanks much. It is a theme we bought, then modified to meet Try This needs.

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


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