We want to form various partnerships that will allow everyone to utilize local resources to unite communities by promoting events from road running to trail running.
HOW DO WE PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION
By expanding on previously established programs and events within West Virginia, the West Virginia Running Resource Network will be able to build and establish strong partnerships to improve overall health and physical activity levels in all regions of West Virginia
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
According to the The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation West Virginia now ranks second among all states with a current adult obesity rate of 35.6%. This rate has increased from 23.9% in 2000 and more alarmingly from 13.7% in 1990.
The rates of childhood obesity, calculated at 16.4% in the 2-4 year-old age group and 18.5% in the 10-17 year-old age group as well as the increase in chronic disease in the state of West Virginia highlights the need for a shift in the paradigm and culture change related to health and wellness.
According to the 2014 BRFSS survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in West Virginia, the rates of adults who do not engage in physical activity was estimated at 28.7% and adolescents who are physically active daily was estimated 31%. This lack of physical activity significantly contributes to the rising obesity rate and incidence of chronic disease seen across the state. By building a resource network, the WVRRN would help facilitate community engagement, provide the necessary resources; thus, creating opportunities for physical activity through running and walking in the state of West Virginia.