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Walmart Foundation grant to expand access to healthy foods, boost state agriculture industry

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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.

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Aetna Better Health of West Virginia aims to change lives of youths in foster care through 4-H

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A strategic collaboration with state leaders can change the lives of foster care youths in West Virginia through 4-H youth development programs. Aetna Better Health of West Virginia partnered with West Virginia University Extension Service to provide funding for foster care youths interested in 4-H.

Sue and Randall Jones Memorial Endowment to provide Calhoun County 4-H’ers with unique experiences

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The legacy of two 4-H All Stars and West Virginia 4-H Hall of Famers from Calhoun County will live on through the Sue and Randall Jones Memorial Endowment Fund established through West Virginia University Extension Service . With the new endowment, county 4-H’ers will have the opportunity to participate in out-of-county experiences—something that the youths otherwise may not have the chance to do. 

National 4-H Week will be celebrated virtually this year

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For a group that is known for their hands-on type of service and work, West Virginia 4-H’ers demonstrated an impressive example in its seamless shift to online programming this past year. National 4-H Week will follow suit with its virtual celebration.  

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