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Get kids jumping rope.
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It doesn’t cost much to jump rope. Dozens of  West Virginia schools now have jump rope teams. Some compete with each other. At Cabell County’s Martha Elementary, for instance, more than fifty 3rd through 5th-graders are on a jump rope team that competes in a league with six to eight other schools. In fact, Parkersburg native Tori Boggs, is now the world jump-rope champion! And the Jump...

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Encourage bike stores
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“If you want people to ride bikes, it helps to have a bike store,” said Lewisburg’s Hill and Holler Bicycle Works owner Merrick Tracy. Bike stores often repair bikes and offer community programs. In 2000, there were less than 10 bike stores in West Virginia. Now there are about four dozen. “West Virginia is an ideal place to bike, and we’d like to get...

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Promote home gardening
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As late as the 1950s, most West Virginians raised a garden.  By the year 2000, after processed foods saturated the market, only about a third of West Virginians raised a garden, and gardens were smaller, according to the American Gardening Association. Now the number is rising again. “People are starting to understand how harmful processed food can be to your health,” said Mira Danilovich, who directs...

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2019 – 20 minigrants
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    Cabell County Try This Huntington: The Marcum Terrace Family Resource Center serves more than low-income 280 homes and approximately 600 residents and community members. Food insecurity and substance abuse disorder are widespread issues. The Center serves all age groups, from babies to seniors. This Try This grant pays for a sound system that will be used for afterschool programming, special events and...

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The 2016 Breakout Session List:  Try This Conference
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  Try This …. and this … and this … and this … A wonderful smorgasbord of affordable, do-able ideas are waiting for you in Buckhannon, June 3 – 4!  More than 120 of your fellow West Virginians are volunteering their time to pack your head with healthy-community ideas! West Virginians trading ideas! Community by community, we’re creating a healthier state!     Full...

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2014 minigrant teams turned $82,000 into projects worth more than $750,000
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2014 grants:  $82,000 to 42 community teams.   Our 42 teams rose to the challenge in 2014!  The 2014 Try This minigrants ranged from $3,000 to $450. By October 1st, 66 percent of them had already exceeded at least one of their goals. When we award a minigrant, the team agrees to secure local match. By year’s end, the 2014 teams had used their minigrants as...

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A wonderful year in 2015-16
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Here’s the list of 2015-16 projects: $102,000 to 53 community teams.    Barbour County   Green Thumbs, Dirty Hands and Healthy Kids. Master Gardeners will pair with a PreK-8 school to create a garden that grows produce for the school cafeteria. Children will track production and learn about healthy eating. About 200 students will harvest six 4’x8’ raised vegetable garden beds. They will chart growth,...

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2019 Try This Conference Schedule
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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!   Try This Healthcare Professionals...

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TRY THIS 2020 CONFERENCE BREAKOUT SESSIONS …                               Sneak Peek
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We’re still adding sessions and presenters!  …  full list and schedule up soon We thought we’d give you this sneak peek before the early bird rate disappears!   REGISTER HERE!   Mindful West Virginia. In two years, Mindful WV has exploded into a statewide organization that has trained 500+ teachers to weave yoga and mindfulness through the day. It all started with a Try...

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2016-17 Minigrants
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54 wonderful minigrant projects in 2016-17!  Boone County Bike and Fishing Clubs for Area Youth – Whitesville Police will mentor youth biking and fishing clubs. The club meetings will include a positive anti-drug message, and the team will participate in weekly Family Adventure Nights. The bike club will go on bi-monthly group rides twice a month, and the project team will host at least...

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