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Fresh, healthy foods can be difficult to find in rural West Virginia communities. This isn’t only evident at the dinner table, its impact shows up at the doctor’s office, too.
One in four of the state’s rural residents is food insecure, and with the recent public health crisis, it is anticipated that more West Virginians will not have reliable access to food. Food insecurity directly affects the state’s health: 40 percent of West Virginians are obese, 16 percent have diabetes and 13 percent have cardiovascular disease.
The West Virginia University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program will offer young people the chance to forgo technology and put paper and pen to use. The 4-H pen pal program aims to teach youths about communication while fostering friendships and connections.
Although they have had the chance to virtually participate this year, 4-H’ers missed out on in-person camps and many other cherished components of conventional programming. A committee of 4-H agents and faculty rallied together with a desire to safely bring 4-H’ers together to create connections in a time of isolation.
West Virginia University Extension Service Safety and Health Extension is one of 90 recipients, nationwide, of the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Susan Harwood federal safety and health training grants, which provide training and education for workers and employers on workplace safety and health hazards, as well as their responsibilities and rights.
WVU Extension Service announced today the appointments of two key interim leadership roles at WVU Jackson’s Mill. David Snively has been appointed interim director, and Jason Burnside will serve as interim assistant director. Truman Wolfe, director, WVU Jackson’s Mill, announced his plans to retire in January 2021. The interim appointments will allow for a smooth transition and continuity for the organization moving forward.
Snively, who serves as the WVU Extension Service agent for Ritchie and Tyler counties, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility, including budgeting, scheduling of events, and working collaboratively with WVU and WVU Extension to support local and state economic development opportunities. He also will work collaboratively to develop a long-term strategic vision for WVU Jackson’s Mill, including expansion of programming opportunities for West Virginia youth, as well as activities that meet the ever-changing needs of visitors and guests. Snively will continue to serve as the WVU Extension Service agent in Ritchie County.
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