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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 at a LOW early-bird rate of $100 ! Price will increase to $125 on April 15th and $150 May 15th. Register NOW for lowest rates!!

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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!



Enjoy two 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!




 Non-Degree Graduate Credit Available


Find your course syllabus here .

Find your course registration form here. And then mail it to Concord University by June 30th.










Here’s the 2018 conference schedule.  It will let you see how the conference flows. 


And here’s last year’s list of 40 wonderful breakout sessions!   Lots of new sessions and favorite topics.


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



 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.


  • ALERT! Due to the construction of the natural gas pipeline, workers have booked up most of the motels in the surrounding area.  Try This staff got busy and called all the area motels and hotels and managed to reserve about 100 rooms. Here is a list. First-come, first serve. Dorm room cost: $30 per night. 
  • Also check these Airbnb listings. (Click on “Airbnb)



    Otherwise, we have a great idea for you: Try the dorm!  We aren’t gonna let pipeline construction derail the Try This conference. Bring all your pillows, cushions, etc. and make yourself at home in a dorm room.  Memories of college!  Save money!



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!



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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. 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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