A nonprofit promoting public health for the residents of southern West Virginia by offering an array of activities led by trained leaders from within the communities they serve.

Join events in September!

Families of all ages can try:
Mountain Biking for beginners
Aerobics with ReFit Revolution
*Beginner level with instruction provided by Active SWV Community Captains. They are our heroes! 

View the full calendar here:
Earn a medal!

Active SWV Community Captains lead every program providing a welcoming, friendly, informative attitude. 

Starting August 1st, 2017, the first 80 people to attend 5 FREE Get Active in the Park, Active SWV Community Captain programs, or New River Gorge National River Ranger led programs will receive a special medal of achievement. 
How do you sign up? 
It's easy, you can pick up your medal challenge sheet at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center or the Sandstone Visitor Center
Let us know if you have questions; info@activeswv.com or (304)254-8488
Hike with Gary Morefield!
September 23, 2017

Recognized as this year's Governors Volunteer Service Award, an Active SWV board member, and regional trail building hero, Gary spends every day (after work) hauling tools and supplies to improve the trail system in the Piney Creek Gorge. Come see his latest work on September 23rd. Details
Connect with Active SWV Bike/Walk for trail updates.
Assist a coach!
Active SWV Kids Run Club

Many Kids Run Clubs would like to expand to include more children, but cannot do so without getting more volunteer coach support. We need YOU to help make our youth healthier and more physically active!

Meet the Community Captain of the month!

This month we are highlighting Community Captain, Linda Stein. Linda has been a part of our Active SWV community for quite some time, she recently became a Community Captain in the Spring of 2017. Since becoming a Captain Linda has been involved with Get Active in the Park leading hikes all over the New River Gorge National River. It is clear that Linda enjoys sharing her passion for the outdoors with the community. Take a minute to read about Linda and why she became a Community Captain.

What motivated you to volunteer with Active SWV in your community?
"I believe in the mission of Active Southern WV and greatly value the opportunities Active SWV provides to people in our area. I work in a health center with people who have chronic conditions like diabetes. I partner with them to help them better manage their chronic condition. I encourage people to get out and be active. Active SWV events are perfect ways for people to safely get out and try new things. I also hope that local people who know me might feel more comfortable trying out new things if I am involved."

Click here to read more.
Cheer for Participant of the Month
Community Captain Programs

Meet our September participants of the month, Joy Lynn Farrish and her mother Margaret McClaskey Farrish. Joy and Margaret attend Active SWV Gentle Yoga every week. Check out what Joy has to say about attending free Community Captain programs below!

"I have attended several classes and activities sponsored by Active Southern West Virginia including yoga, tai chi, hiking and stand up paddle boarding. These events are so much fun! It's a quick easy way to get active and meet a lot of interesting people.
Thank you ACTIVE SWV for offering these free classes and adventures. This is a great
Front Right: Margaret McClaskey Farrish
Back Right: Joy Lynn Farrish
opportunity for everyone, at any age or level of fitness, to get out and try new things. Or, like me, if you've done some of these things before but haven't been as active in a while as you would like this is a great way to jump start your get active plan. Quick, easy and safe. Just do it!"

Apply for this Job! 
Active SWV Community Outreach Director supporting Community Captains

"What is unique about our Community Captains is the various skills, backgrounds,  and experiences that each Community Captain brings to the table. They are all different but they have one thing in common; compassion. You don't have to be the epitome of fitness to become a Community Captain but you do have to understand there is a need in the community for people to join free physical activities and have healthy social support. 

Community Captains forge friendships and lead people to a healthier and happier tomorrow. I have had the great fortune of working with these people, who have taught me what it is to be a part of a strong and compassionate community. The experiences I have had with Active SWV will always be close to my heart. We are a small team of people that make important things happen in our community." Becka Lee, Active SWV Volunteer Director.

Read the full details here:  Active SWV Community Outreach Director job description
Spectate the New River Gorge Stand Up Paddle Board Race
Powered by Active SWV

September 17th

This event takes place at Fayette Station directly under the New River Gorge Bridge. There are multiple race options for SUP athletes and a great venue for spectators. Proceeds benefit the Fayette County 4-H Adventure Outdoor Club. Come check it out! 
Register for the Active SWV Bridge Day 5K
Youth Essay Contest

This race is another great way for our local families to get out and celebrate an active lifestyle together. In an effort to make the race affordable and accessible, youth can earn free entry by sharing their story with us.

Enter for your chance to win two free entrees: Youth Essay Contest for ages 18 and under. 
Click here for full details: Youth Essay Contest.

Read about our first Youth Essay Contest winner, Chase Ayers; Chase Ayers Wins Essay Contest!
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