WVU Hampshire County Extension Service
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Part of the National Cooperative Extension System
All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation’s more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities including WVU, have another critical mission: Extension. Extension means reaching out, and along with teaching and research land-grant institutions extend their resources, solving public needs with college or university resources through local programs. With more than 3,000 county offices in the USA, the National Cooperative Extension System is the local front door for many citizens to their state land-grant institutions.
Putting Knowledge to Work!
The West Virginia University Extension Service works to provide solutions in your community through key programs and resources, including agriculture and natural resources; 4-H and youth development; food and nutrition; health and wellness; financial planning; and home gardening. These research-based programs and services are available to all Hampshire residents thanks to the tremendous support of our community members, local organizations, volunteers and local partners, including the Board of Education and County Commission.
Hampshire County Highlights
- The 4-H horticulture team placed first at the state level, earning the opportunity to represent West Virginia 4-H at the National Junior Horticulture Convention in Nebraska.
- As a result of participating in Energy Express, Woodcock Johnson evaluations revealed that children showed significant increases in letter-word identification, reading fluency, passage comprehension and broad reading. 68% of the children either maintained (4.2%) or increased (64.5%) in these areas, and the average child gained 3.1 months in broad reading achievement.
- Approximately 20 adults participating in the WVU Extension Service Dining with Diabetes cooking school showed knowledge gain, as well as behavior changes. 75% of the participants revealed that they now work exercise into their daily routine; 66.7% exercise continuously for at least 30 minutes three times per week; 81.8% were cooking more at home; and 91.7% were eating smaller portions.