KEYER - WVU Medicine Potomac Valley Hospital is excited to be one of the recipients of the “Take Back Our Health WV” Physical Activity grants.

KEYER - WVU Medicine Potomac Valley Hospital is excited to be one of the recipients of the “Take Back Our Health WV” Physical Activity grants.
“Take Back Our Health WV” is a collaboration with the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health and several organizations around the state, to combat obesity and chronic disease in West Virginia. The goal of the initiative is to improve the health of West Virginians by increasing physical activity in communities, increasing workplace wellness, promoting access to healthy foods, and reducing tobacco use.
To achieve the overarching goal, the “Take Back Our Health WV” Physical Activity Grant Program will focus on improving the health of West Virginia by funding community partner projects that fall into one or more categories. The program aims to increase or improve pedestrian and bike infrastructure, increase opportunities for physical activity for children throughout the school day and beyond, and create opportunities for physical activity referrals in the healthcare setting.
“Being part of the ‘Take Back Our Health WV’ Physical Activity Program is very exciting for Potomac Valley Hospital. We are excited to be able to make a bigger connection with the community, while offering quality programs and activities. We have many ideas for Mineral County,” said Sue Wells, senior director of clinical operations.
“We are excited to put wind in the sails of the physical activity champions across the state who are already doing great work. These funds will hopefully allow them to expand their efforts for greater reach and effectiveness,” Same Zizzi, Dr. Pat Fehl Endowed Professor and associate dean for research, CPASS, said.
Funded by the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health, the Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease, the Center for ActiveWV at WVU College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, and their partners are working to improve state and local programs/systems to increase access to physical activity.
As a 2020 recipient of the “Take Back Our Health WV” Physical Activity grant, Potomac Valley Hospital is planning ways for Mineral County to start taking back their health. One of the major plans for the grant money through this project is for a walking track to be created on hospital property.
“The goal is to construct a community track and offer organized activities for families, employees, and residents of Mineral County and the surrounding area” says Preventive Medicine director Patricia Barbarito.
Preventive Medicine is a relatively new department to Potomac Valley Hospital, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.
“You can expect to see more information and events coming from our Preventive Medicine Department, as we get the program up and running this year. We expect that it will make a big change in engaging the community in new aspects of their health and healthcare,” says president and CEO Mark Boucot.
Potomac Valley is a 25-bed critical access hospital employing more than 200 healthcare professionals, including some 50 local physicians and 24/7 physician coverage in the emergency room. It officially became a member of the West Virginia University Health System in 2014.