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Wood County Family & Community Development

WVU Extension experts are at the forefronts of health and relationship education in West Virginia communities. For parenting tips, relationship education and information about family programs, visit WVU Extension's youths and families section. For recipes, nutrition advice, heart health information, fitness tips and more, check out our food and health section. The Family Nutrition Program shows people better ways to maximize value while cooking healthy meals.

Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS)

All About Community Educational Outreach Service

Members of WVCEOS are people like you!

Together, members conduct and participate in motivating educational activities that help members continue education, serve their community and socialize. Join the CEOS organization by calling your local WVU Extension office and start making a difference today.

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A statewide club supporting West Virginia since 1914

WVCEOS is a voluntary, nonprofit organization functioning in cooperation with West Virginia University Extension. It is one of the largest educational organizations in the nation.

Over the past decade, West Virginia CEOS members performed more than 5.6 million hours of service for communities in need.

CEOS program areas of emphasis include preserving the environment, building family strengths, and increasing awareness of our global interdependence.

Through dedicated service and continued education, CEOS members strengthen individuals, families and communities across West Virginia.

In West Virginia, the first club (then a Farm Women’s Club) was established on December 14, 1914. Today, approximately 2,000 members participate in this outstanding program, available in all 55 counties.

Wood County CEOS clubs

  • Blenn-Marr
  • Cedar Grove
  • Country Roads
  • Gihon
  • Iris
  • Leachtown
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Sand Hill
  • Vienna
Learn more about West Virginia CEOS.

Dining with Diabetes (DwD)

Dining with Diabetes: For people with diabetes and their family members

dining with diabetes logoDining with Diabetes is a series of 5 classes. It is best if you attend all 5 classes

The next series will be held on Wednesdays in April beginning April 5, 2017 from 10 am- noon at Emmanuel Baptist Church on 23rd St., Parkersburg.

For more information on new classes, call 304-424-1960.

This series is free and open to anyone with diabetes and their family members or caregivers. Classes include demonstrations on how to prepare healthy meals using less fat, salt, and sugar without cutting taste. There are opportunities to taste a variety of main dishes, side dishes, and desserts.

Dining with Diabetes is a research project that teaches individuals with diabetes and their families about better ways to prepare food that may improve their diabetes management. You will be asked to complete a simple questionnaire. Your participation in these activities is voluntary.

Family Nutrition Program

What is the WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program (FNP)?

The Family Nutrition Program is comprised of numerous nutrition, food and physical activity projects designed to help limited resource families, youths, and adults improve their health. FNP targets risk factors associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases. FNP encourages the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors by:

  • Teaching nutrition education using the USDA’s MyPlate and Dietary Guidelines
  • Providing food demonstrations
  • Improving access and availability to local community resources
  • Helping participants to stretch their food dollars, plan menus and read food labels
  • Encouraging participants to devote more time to being physically active