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See you at the Try This Conference!

June 15 – 16, 2018


WV Wesleyan College, Buckhannon

Two inspiring days with hundreds of new friends!

 Register till mid-February at a LOW early-bird rate of $75 !

Try This for Healthcare Professionals is happening again!  June 14!  

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

Get a video glimpse of the conference here!


Yes, West Virginia tops many worst health lists … but we don’t have to stay there!


We can change the future! It’s up to us!



Enjoy two idea-packed, inspiring days with like-minded West Virginians!


A feast of affordable, do-able ideas!



Here’s the 2017 conference schedule.  It will let you see how the conference flows. The 2018 schedule will be up in March.


And here’s last year’s list of 40 wonderful breakout sessions!  The 2018 schedule will be up in early April, with a mix of new sessions and favorite topics.


* 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!



* Apply for a minigrant for your own healthy-community project! 



* Help build a statewide movement!



* Have a rocking good time!




scholarship form on registration page 


Going to the June 14 Try This for Healthcare Professionals day too? You can sign up for a package deal that includes the Healthcare Professionals day and the June 15-16 conference by clicking here.  




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!


  • Dozens of exhibitors. Your chance to talk one-on-one with people who can help you.


  • Affordable cost for two days of great ideas and great food!  $75 Early- Earlybird rate till Feb. 15.  Then it’s $100 till April 20. After April 20, $125. Final bump on May 15 to $150, still a great deal.


  • Dorm room cost: $30 per night.





Register for the conference now!  Last year, we sold out by early May.



Grants up to $3,000 for your 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!


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

Register here!



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Minigrants! Click here for info on:


How to build a minigrant team and apply for a healthier-community grant


2014 minigrant projects

2015 minigrant projects

2016 minigrant projects!

2017 minigrant 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, 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. 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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