WOW Spotlight

Meet Renee McGinnis!

Born and raised in North Central West Virginia, Renee Riffle McGinnis was excited to return to her Alma Mater as a faculty member in the Physical Therapy Program at West Virginia University in July of 2017. After attaining degrees in exercise physiology and physical therapy, Dr. McGinnis worked for fifteen years in the surrounding community as a physical Therapist. She is recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a certified orthopedic clinical specialist. She finds profound joy watching students grow and being part of the education of the future of our profession. Dr. McGinnis may be reached via phone or electronic mail at (304)293.0642 or rriffle@hsc.wvu.edu

Renee is one of many presenters at the March 3rd Women on Wellness event at the Chestnut Ridge Church. Sessions include health screenings, movement, healthy foods, cooking demonstrations, women’s legal issues, how to start your own business, breast health, self-defense.

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WOW Spotlight

Meet Linda Tang!

Xiao Ling (Linda) has been practicing Tai Chi and Qi Gong for more than twenty years. She was an Associate Professor in Sport Science in Central South University of Forestry & Technology, China before moving to Canada and then the United States. She was a Tai Chi and Qigong instructor at the Bethune Oriental Medicine Center, the largest acupuncture and Chinese medicine clinic in Edmonton, Canada. She has taught Tai Chi at the WVU Student Recreation Center for five years. She has been invited to perform Tai Chi at the Morgantown Chinese Spring Festival celebration party and at WV Governor’s Summer Youth.

Linda is one of many presenters at the March 3rd Women on Wellness event at the Chestnut Ridge Church. Sessions include health screenings, movement, healthy foods, cooking demonstrations, women’s legal issues, how to start your own business, breast health, self-defense.

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WOW Spotlight

Meet Kimeran Evans!

A native West Virginian, Kimeran graduated from the West Virginia University (WVU) Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT) program in 2004. She then went on to pursue full-time clinical practice in outpatient orthopedics as well as her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. She was excited to return to her home state and alma mater in 2011 to accept her current position of Assistant Professor within the WVU Division of Physical Therapy program. Her current roles of full time physical therapy faculty member and part time public health doctoral student have combined to create a love and interest of healthcare services provided to community members beyond the walls of the clinic. She loves to promote movement-related changes among community members and to share this love and interest with students.

Kimeran is one of many presenters at the March 3rd Women on Wellness event at the Chestnut Ridge Church. Sessions include health screenings, movement, healthy foods, cooking demonstrations, women’s legal issues, how to start your own business, breast health, self-defense

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WOW Spotlight

Meet Jessica McHugh. She will be leading a session on “POP Pilates” at the WOW Women’s Health Day.

Jessica is a Fitness Studio owner, a POP Pilates instructor and a Bungee Flight Instructor, a Christ follower and mom of two who loves to help motivate other women to become confident in their body's ability to do amazing things. She has been doing POP Pilates for the last 5 years and finally turnedher love for this platform into a career last July by becoming a certified instructor. She is also opening up her own fitness studio in Morgantown in April, and hopes to create a community where fitness is fun! 

Jessica is one of many presenters at the March 3rd Women on Wellness event at the Chestnut Ridge Church. Sessions include health screenings, movement, healthy foods, cooking demonstrations, women’s legal issues, how to start your own business, breast health, self-defense

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WOW Spotlight

Meet Heather DeLauter
She will be leading a session on “zumba communicate with Abby lusk too?” at the WOW Women’s Health Day.

Heather is a graduate Elementary Education major at WVU. She fell in love with Zumba after attending for the first time in 2013. Since then, she has been teaching friends and family and made the decision to become a certified Zumba instructor in 2014. “I love making my students smile and feel good about themselves while ensuring that they get the best workout that they can. I absolutely love Zumba and want all of my students to leave feeling the same. I hope to inspire others to be passionate about fitness and dance through my classes. I can’t wait to share my passion with you!” If you have any questions, Heather would love to chat with you about how you can change your life through Zumba Fitness. 

Heather is one of many presenters at the March 3rd Women on Wellness event at the Chestnut Ridge Church. Sessions include health screenings, movement, healthy foods, cooking demonstrations, women’s legal issues, how to start your own business, breast health, self-defense.

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WOW Spotlight

Meet Nnenna Minimah

She will be leading a session on “#METOO What's it all about?” at the WOW Women’s Health Day.

Ms. Minimah’s background is in Psychology and she has also studied in the area of Public Health. She has volunteered in grassroots Community Health Organizing since 2006 with the WV Coalition for Minority Health as an Outreach Coordinator. Her past work experience includes working as a Prevention Education Coordinator and the Monongalia County Sexual Assault Response Team at the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center from 2010-2014. Ms. Minimah worked at the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WVCADV) as the Program Coordinator. Ms. Minimah provides effective domestic violence training to Domestic Violence Advocates, Legal Aid Attorneys, CPS, APS, Youth Service Workers and other organizations serving children, youth, elderly persons and persons with disabilities. She is responsible for managing, coordinating, and implementing WVCADV projects pertaining to survivor safety, perpetrator accountability, and oppression. She works collaboratively with organizations and agencies invested in reviewing and revising, creating and developing policies, protocols, and practice on survivor-centered advocacy and batterer accountability.

Nnenna is one of many presenters at the March 3rd Women on Wellness event at the Chestnut Ridge Church. Sessions include health screenings, movement, healthy foods, cooking demonstrations, women’s legal issues, how to start your own business, breast health, self-defense and many more.

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WOW Spotlight

Meet Elizabeth Halliday-Reynolds. 
Specialties: Ayurvedic Body Treatments, Polarity, Reflexology, Sacred Hot Stone, Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy and Chakra Balancing Treatments. She will be leading a session on “Why Aromatherapy” at the WOW Women’s Health Day.

Elizabeth Halliday-Reynolds is the founder of BlissBlissBliss a full service wellness center in Morgantown, West Virginia. Building thriving communities through wellness and supporting individuals by providing access to as many healing modalities as possible in one place is what BlissBlissBliss is all about. BlissBlissBliss is a grounding space that offers many forms of bodywork including massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture, energy work, yoga. Workshops on crystal healing, Reiki certifications and a thriving yoga teacher training program round out the programs. Elizabeth started her business life out with a masters degree in Library & Information Science and worked in the high tech industry for a decade. When she came up for air, she made a radical shift to become a licensed massage therapist, Aromatherapist, yoga teacher, Reiki Master and certified ayurvedic life style consultant.

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WOW Spotlight

Meet Dr. Megan Burkart, DPT, CLT.
Dr. Burkart is a 2013 graduate of the WVU physical therapy program. She is lymphedema certified and the first STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehab)-certified practitioner at WVU and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in oncology rehabilitation from Oakland University.
Dr. Burkart will be leading a session on “30 minutes a day keeps the doctor away: exercise and cancer from prevention to survivorship” at the WOW Women’s Health Day.

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WBOY 12 News: Local church to host 'Women on Wellness' retreat

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Registration has opened for a Women on Wellness event that will be held in Morgantown next month. 

The event will be hosted at Chestnut Ridge Church on March 3.  

Over 40 organizations will be a part of the event to provide health screenings, breakfast, lunch, workout sessions and a personalized health plan.

Women on Wellness is a community-driven, health initiative using behavior change techniques for a healthier lifestyle.

"So at the end of the day, whatever that behavior is that you want to change, it's different for each of us. We all have a different first step, and now you'll be connected to those resources to make those changes on your own," said Betty Critch, executive director of the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health and Director of Women on Wellness Program.

Find more information on the event here

Article Written by:  Megan Hudock from WBOY 12 News

Original Video and Article

Love Your Heart

It may surprise you that 80% of deaths from heart disease can be prevented. 

Ways to be involved:

♥       Take the Wear Red Office Challenge on Friday, February 2, and post your office pic on the WVU Facebook page with the hashtag #wearredday. For more fun, have healthy red food covered dish lunch and take a walking break.

♥       Incorporate heart health into all programs planned during February.

1. Use handouts such as the “CCC Brochure WVU Extension” (email me about additional handouts/topics).

2. Ask your local health department or clinic to offer blood pressure checks.

3. Show a brief video, such as this 3-minute one

♥       Get the word out. Use the attached media materials in local newspapers, radio, and newsletters.

♥       Plan a community program. It can be as simple as you like. See the attached “Celebrate Heart Health Month flyer” and contact me asap about your plans to receive the PowerPoint and a very nice blood pressure monitor (limited supply - first come, first served)!

♥       Host a CPR/First Aid class or show the “Hands Only CPR” video.

♥       Stay tuned for more. Communications will feature heart health information during February on our FB page and website.

Remember, each of us can do something to prevent early death and disability from heart disease.

Reconnecting with Your Authentic Self

Reconnecting with Your Authentic Self

“Most people believe vulnerability is weakness. But really vulnerability is Courage. We must ask ourselves...are we willing to show up and be seen?” Brené Brown

My grandmother Clara was fearless. She marched to the beat of her own drum and she never worried about what others thought of her. To say that Clara was colorful and unique would be an understatement. She boldly dared to be herself every moment of every day and even those who had trouble understanding her had to admit she had a flare all her own. She was an extraordinary woman who loved adventure. She traveled the countryside all by herself for many years, taking odd jobs here and there, staying on just long enough to make enough money for her next big adventure. When in her later years, she finally decided to settle on a single location, she decided on an isolated area of the Mogollon Rim of Arizona, with nothing around her for miles save cactus and coyotes. She was no sissy.

Fun Family Fitness at Blackshere Elementary

 Women on Wellness led a community mapping station at this Spring's Fun Family Fitness night at Blackshere Elementary School in Marion County, WV.  Tuesday, April 19th, students and family members went to multiple workshop stations where they tried out yoga, learned to make healthy smoothies and also visited the school garden. Women on Wellness's mapping station set out to discover what resources are a part of regular life for the participants in Williamson, WV and surrounding counties.  Adults and children were grouped separately, making the maps a lot different. The children drew more bodies of water and green space while the adults focused on resources like doctors offices, restaurants, and churches. Community mapping is a great tool for the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health to reference when planning W.O.W. retreats. For instance, when hardly any parks are mentioned on the maps, or the rail trail fails to be highlighted, it can be assumed that these areas are not being used as healthy living options regularly.  W.O.W. retreats are a excellent means to rediscover what these forgotten spaces can offer and rediscover where healthy living begins in one's community.

Marion County WOW! Retreat Sept. 24

This retreat will give individuals the opportunity to receive:
-Health Screenings
-Nutrition Counseling
-Fitness Workshops
-Educational Opportunities
-Holistic Offerings, and much more!

Registration Fee: $25.00 (Includes materials & food.)
Military Veterans, Active Duty, and Wife or significant other of veteran or active duty personnel participate free of charge. …
(This includes Reservists & Guards.)
However, NO ONE is turned away.
Ask about volunteer and sponsership opportunities.

For more information please visit:

www.wowicandoit.com
www.facebook.com/wowMarion
womenonwellness.squarespace.com

Or call us at: (304)293-5690
(304)235-3400

Greenbrier County WOW! Retreat September 10th, 2016

SAVE THE DATE!

This retreat will give women of Greenbrier and surrounding counties:
-Health Screenings
-Nutrition Counseling
-Fitness Workshops
-Educational Opportunities
-Hollistic Offerings, and much more!

Registration Fee: $25.00 (Includes materials & food.)
Military Veterans, Active Duty, and Wife or significant other of veteran or active duty personnel participate free of charge. ...
(This includes Reservists & Guards.)
However, NO ONE is turned away.
Ask about volunteer and sponsership opportunities.

For more information please visit:

www.wowicandoit.com
www.facebook.com/wowgreenbrier
womenonwellness.squarespace.com

Or call us at: (304)293-5690
(304)235-3400

We hope you join us on September 10th, 2016 at Rainelle Elementary School in Rainelle, WV!

Go RED for Women

Williamson Health & Wellness Center hosted an American Heart Association Go Red for Women® awareness event on February 5th at the Health Innovation Hub on Third Ave. in Williamson.  There were over three dozen women in attendance including guests from Crossroads Recovery in Gilbert, the healthcare sector, and Tug Valley area churches.  Melissa Justice, RN, CDE, who coordinated the event said, “This event had the best turn out ever.  We had the right people in the room.”

Vicki Hatfield, APRN, CDE, with Williamson Health & Wellness Center (WHWC), and Dana Wright, WVU Extension – Families and Health Services, were both on hand to share techniques for healthy eating and exercise to lower risks for developing heart problems because of unhealthy choices.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death among females in America.  Caring for your heart through a healthy diet and regular physical activity is the secret weapon to preventing heart disease, which can reduce the risk for heart disease by as much as 80 percent.      

According to Mary Jo Dudley, a guest at the event, “It was just a wonderful event, and people were uplifting.”  Regarding the numerous health awareness events hosted by WHWC and its community partners, Dudley laughed and said, “You all just put us (women) on the move!”    

Everyone can be a part of WHWC’s #HealthyInTheHills community effort to improve 9000 healthier lives in the Tug Valley area in 2016.  Check WHWC’s Facebook page for events and programs that provide opportunities to do something “healthy” with family and friends.  The next WHWC sponsored event will be American Diabetes Association Alert!Day® on March 22nd at Food City in South Williamson, Kentucky, where free health screenings and risk assessments for type 2 diabetes will be available.  For more information about #HeatlhyInTheHills call (304)235-3400 or visit www.williamsonhealthwellness.com.

Community Partner Highlight- ABLE Families in Kermit, WV

My name is Marlene Spaulding. I have recently been named the Executive Director of A.B.L.E. Families. We are a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph.

A.B.L.E.  Families Afterschool Program serves children who attend K-8. We ask the children from to time to time to share with us how they feel about after school programming, and I want to share with you one of our responses.

Hi my name is Adam. I go to Kermit Pre K – 8. I am in the 6th grade. I have been coming here for a year. I live with my dad. I like coming to Afterschool, because the crafts that we do. One time we made a volcano for a craft, it was cool. Afterschool helps me with math homework when I don’t understand it. The things we learn at Afterschool are respect, and care for each other.


Adam lives about two miles from after-school.  He has had a hard life. He lost his mom at a young age. He lives in a trailer lot with his dad, step-mom, brother and a sister. His siblings were already coming to after-school. A teacher called us and asked us if we had room for Adam because she thought that he would benefit from coming here. I am thankful for that teacher, because he really enjoys being with us. As he said he loves the crafts especially the volcano. It was something that he helped create with his own hands. When he first came here you could tell he wasn’t used to someone telling him what to do. He didn’t like the homework time. He would always say he didn’t have any, so we would give him multiplication problems. He has improved on them tremendously. Adam said he learns respect and care for each other.  At circle time we encourage Adam to respect others while they are talking and just listen to them. When it comes time for him to speak we ask the other children to do the same for him. We have a book reading day and if the children read six books they can pick a prize from the box. Last week Adam had a wonderful day! He acted as though he didn’t like to read but he finally read his sixth book. He was so excited and he got to pick a football for his prize.

We offer guitar lessons to eight of our children and one of them had dropped out so we had to choose another one. We do this by putting the children’s name in a bag and draw one. Adam really wanted to be a participant and he was so afraid because there were so many of the other children that wanted to too! When we drew his name you should have seen his reaction. He was so excited! Adam had his first practice and the next day after his practice the instructor emailed me and said he was so pleased to have Adam and that the smile that Adam had never left his face during his thirty minutes with him. This is awesome! We also have a basket that we put names of children in that do good things for others or just participated well with each other and at the end of the day we pick two names out and Adam got chosen. All these things happened in one day He sure was a happy boy.

 The staff at A.B.L.E. Families is so thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life such as Adam. In a world where sometimes life seems bleak, it blesses us that we can bring a ray of sunshine to Adam and others like him. Giving them the tools that they can use in the future to become good citizens in our community! 

*note: names have been changed to protect the rights of the children and families served.