WILLIAMSON – Healthy in the Hills is sponsoring a number of upcoming events throughout February and early March.
On Friday, Feb. 5 from the hours of 11 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. a Go Red for Women Celebration is being held at the Health Innovation Hub beside City Gym on the Second Floor. The event is being held to promote health and the quality of life for local women. A light lunch will be provided at the event as well as health risk assessments, stress management exercises, and door prizes. All participants are encouraged to wear red.
A Seed Swap Event will take place Monday, Feb 22 from the hours of 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Innovation Hub on 54 West Third Ave. Participants are encouraged to bring seeds to swap. Opportunities will be available to order from heirloom seed catalogues. Maria Arnot with the Williamson Health and Wellness commented on the upcoming event saying, “We are planning to have small discussions on topics such as genetically modified seeds, how to read soil samples, container gardening and how to save seeds. This will be a great chance for both home gardeners and large farmers to trade seeds and to also learn about a number of topics.” There will also be a free seed giveaway. Participants can join in a discussion concerning genetically modified seeds and will have the opportunity to learn about local and regional opportunities for food growers. For more information, contact Maria Arnot at 304- 235-3500 or via email at [email protected].
On Wednesday, Feb. 4 a Give Kids A Smile event will be held at the Williamson Health and Wellness Center on 186 East Second Avenue in Williamson from the hours of 9 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This event provides free dental exams for children without dental insurance and is available to children in W.Va. and Ky. Dr. Gahassi and her staff will take x-rays, do an exam and provide oral hygiene education. Amber Workman, a representative for the dental program stated, “We want children to get excited about their oral health. We hope their experience with us will be fun and inspire them to take charge about caring for their teeth.” The event is available for children ages one through 18 and walk-ins are welcome. For more information call 304-236-5902.
The next event is the Cause for Paws 10k/5k on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Williamson Field House. All proceeds will benefit Save Our Strays, Mingo County’s only official not for profit, no kill animal rescue group. Registration is from 11 a.m. until 12:45. The Event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Register now at the Coal House and Mingo County Diabetes Coalition Office on Second Ave in Williamson. For more information visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/161383224224668.
Beginning Monday, Feb. 29 and continuing through Sunday, May 8 is the National Lunch Walk Challenge. Compete with others by logging your steps throughout the entire day during a 10 week program. The goal of this program is to encourage community health through a competitive approach to exercise. To get started go to www.lunchwalkchallenge.com to create an account. Alexis Batausa, President of the Tug Valley Road Runners Club recently discussed the Cause for Paws and National Lunch Walk Challenge. Batausa stated, “What a great month to be active and healthy with tthe Cause for Paws race to benefit our no-kill animal shelter and our Lunch Walk Challenge to start off spring with a bang! Walk and run and be accountable for each step you take towards your health.” For more information, email [email protected] or call 304-235-3400.
On March 1, a BBQ Dinner and Processing Class will be held at Wingos Grill in downtown historic Matewan. The cost is $15 per dinner which is accompanied by an educational class. Guest speaker, Teresa Halloran from the WVDA will be at the event. Topics include proper labeling techniques and the recipe approval process.Arnot described the event saying, “Teresa Halloran from the WV Department of Agriculture will be coming to teach indiviuals that can/value add certain products such as pickles or salsa, how to get their recipes and labels approved so that they can sell to farmers markets or grocery stores. This event will have a cost of $15 but will cover a delicious dinner prepared by Wingos Grill in Matewan!” The workshop begins 6 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged. To pre-register call 304-235-3400, 304-426-4700 or email Maria at [email protected].