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2019 Try This Conference Schedule

From early-morning yoga though inspiring, idea-packed sessions, to dancing in the dark with finger-tip lights, Try This is filled with positive energy and hope for our state.


 Info on minigrants here.

 Breakout session list 


Thursday, June 6

Come early! Relax and be fresh for the conference!

Enjoy networking, exhibits, and physical activities on The Green! Explore Buckhannon!


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

Try This Healthcare Professionals Day! A whole day of sessions aimed specifically at people who work in the medical field, presented by professionals. Exploring the topic of “prescribing prevention:” ways to get patients to develop healthier lifestyles and ways to get involved with community programs. More info here!


4 pm: Conference registration and room check-in starts. Closes at 9 pm. Please try to get there before 9 pm, but if you have to be late, please contact the conference assistant on duty at 304-613-9316. They will get you checked into your room.

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!

Dining Hall will not be open Thursday evening. Enjoy one of Buckhannon’s eateries!


Friday, June 7:

The fun officially begins!


7:30 – 8:30 Physical activity! Running workshop + run with Mark Cucuzzella. Yoga, tai  chi and Groove Dancing on the green in front of the chapel.

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

8:00 – 9:15   Register at Performing Arts Center.  Greet friends, network, have a coffee and enjoy a healthy treat!

At Try This, you start trading ideas right away!

9:15 –  11:30: Opening Session!

Getting inspired, getting ideas. Talking with strangers! Spotlighting West Virginia success stories >  And this year … start the brainstorming about Next Steps for Try This!

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

1:-00– 2:15 Breakout sessions # 1 : 8 great sessions by inspiring West Virginians, sharing what they know


2:15 – 2:45: Break time: more trading ideas

We’ll be doing some serious brainstormig about next steps. And there are alternate activities too!

2:45 – 3:45  Breakout sessions #2 :  8 more great sessions

4:30 – 5:30 Try This “Next Steps” conversation:  If you want to be involved, we need your voice and feedback!  But there are alternative activities too: Groove Dancing sample class, drum circle, and an inspiring session for young people, led by young people: Take Your Life in a Healthy Direction!

5:45 – 7:00   Dinner. More networking!

6:30 – 7:30 Exhibitors at their exhibits. A great list this year! New resources and ideas.

Drift from activity to activity. Drumming, Ultimate Frisbee, belly dancing …

6:45 – 8:45 An explosion of fun activities on the green: Games and demos: Join in! Enjoyable, low-cost activities you can copy for your community!   Tai chi and yoga! Walk with Ease demonstration!  Drum circles! Ultimate frisbee! An obstacle course for kids! Grow Ohio Valley’s Fun-Raiser truck. Barboursville’s Wheelie Healthy-Food wagon! Get a profile of your area from the WV FOODLINK  folks.  And as soon as the sun is down … a Groove Dance with fingertip lights!

And then … 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 8:

More friends to make, more workshops to choose from!


7:30 – 8:30 Running workshop, meets by the fountain. Tips from a pro!

We don’t just talk about being physically active!

Yoga meets on The Green in front of the chapel.

Tai Chi meets in the middle of The Green.


7:30 – 8:45 Breakfast in dining hall, exhibits. 

9:00 –  10:00 Part 2: Conversation about Try This “Next Steps.”

Alternative activities on the Green: Go deeper into tai chi!  Join an hour-long drum circle!

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

10:15 – 11-:30 Breakout sessions # 3: Yet another batch of great breakout sessions! See the descriptions here.FINAL-Second-Stage-Grant-Application-091517

11:45 – 1:00 Breakout session # 4: More ideas and inspiration!

1:15 – 2:15 Lunch: Networking, trading contact info, making plans

2:15 – 3:30 Teams work on mini-grants! Three pros walk you through the process of applying. 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.


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