By Tina Alvey
Rainelle Elementary School will host the fourth annual Greenbrier County Women on Wellness (WOW) retreat in the fall.
Under the auspices of a community partnership planning committee and the National Center of Excellence (CoE) in Women’s Health at WVU, the retreat provides an innovative way to deliver information on healthy lifestyles to West Virginia women, according to the event’s organizers.
“West Virginia is near the bottom nationally in almost all health measures, and the fact that the United States ranks 35th globally indicates that something is clearly wrong,” said Betty Critch, executive director of the CoE. “In response to this need, we developed a behavior change approach to healthy lifestyles.”
While the program does not endorse any particular diet, Critch said, it empowers women through knowledge.
At the retreat, participants go through a three-part program of activities designed to maintain, move and nourish the body and spirit. Health screenings are also offered at WOW.
The Greenbrier County WOW planning committee includes Community Champion Vanessa Bailey, instructor of allied health at New River Community and Technical College, and representatives from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Rainelle Medical Center, Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and The Greenbrier.
Registration for this fall retreat (at a date to be specified later) is $50, with scholarships and gift certificates available for women who are in financial need. The program is free for women in the military — active duty, guard, reserves and veterans — and the wives/significant others of service personnel.
For more information on WOW retreats, visit www.WOWICanDoIt.com. Individuals or organizations interested in sponsoring or attending the Greenbrier County WOW retreat are asked to contact Bailey at 304-793-3003 or Barbara Elliott at 304-647-6588.
— Tina Alvey