West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 DHHR publishes ‘Obesity in West Virginia’ report

2/2/2012
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health has released a report titled Obesity in West Virginia. The report contains statistics about the state’s obesity rates among adults and children and compares the data with national averages.
 
Although the report places West Virginia sixth in the nation for prevalence of obesity in 2009, the DHHR is committed to reversing this trend through increased focus on system and environmental changes that can promote access to healthy food options and opportunities for increased physical activity.

Ongoing projects have increased the number of Farmers Markets in underserved areas, and established partnerships with convenience stores in the Mid-Ohio Valley region to offer fresh fruits and vegetables. Healthy checkout aisles have also been established in local grocery stores in an effort to offer parents healthy alternatives to sugar-laden snacks when shopping with children.

Data from evaluations of the West Virginia Healthy Lifestyle Act indicated that 18.5 percent of kindergarteners were obese, compared with 22.1 percent of second graders and 29.6 percent of fifth graders. This increased rate of obesity in relation to age supports the Department’s efforts to increase opportunities for physical activity in both schools and communities.

Successes include resolutions in several counties to incorporate quality physical education in schools, and the establishment of Complete Streets policies to ensure safe and well connected areas that encourage walking and biking.

The report also includes the state’s rate of selected risk factors and chronic conditions that are associated with obesity, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, arthritis and hypertension. For more information concerning efforts to address obesity, contact the Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease at 304- 356-4193.
 
The report can be viewed in its entirety online at:
http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/HSC/Pubs/Other/ObesityReport2011/obesityreport2011.pdf.

Contact Information

Marsha A. Dadisman, Director
(304) 558-7899
Marsha.A.Dadisman@wv.gov