WILLIAMSON – At a regular meeting of the Mingo County Commission held Wednesday, August 3, commissioners approved a motion proclaiming the week of August 20 to be World on Wellness Week.
Normally, this retreat is known as Women on Wellness with the goal of promoting healthy lifestyles for women throughout W.Va. However, this year’s event is open to everyone.
Alexis Batausa and Timothy Caudill from the Williamson Health and Wellness Center and Betty Critch and other representatives from the WVU Women of Excellence were in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting to promote the World on Wellness Retreat.
Batausa explained the event stating, “We are here to get a proclamation signed by you guys for an event called World on Wellness at the Southern College on August 20…”
Bautausa and Caudill then discussed a few of the workshops that will be available at the event. “We will have introduction to fly fishing and casting also archaeological digs for kids 12 and under,” Caudill explained. “It is going to be in the open field at the armory…We are going to teach you how to cast a fly rod. It is the first introduction to fly fishing. It is only 30 minutes and rods will be provided…The kids will be doing the archaeological dig under a tent. There will be little swimming pools filled with sand and the grid on them. We will have artifacts on hand from a local museum to be able to educate them about past cultures and regional artifacts,” Caudill continued.
“I am doing a session on running and walking,” Batausa stated.
Critch also spoke to the commission and further explained the event. “I am with the Women on Wellness Program. I met you last year and we did the proclamation. This year, your community partners said, ‘Let’s make it a World on Wellness and invite families.’ It has been a great experience. We haven’t done this before any place in the state. We are going to have obstacle courses and volleyball for the kids. There will be some programs that will be great for families to come in the breakout sessions. It is all about healthy lifestyles. There will be cooking demonstrations and educational sessions on heart health, stress management and mindfulness; that sort of thing. We will also have yoga, kickboxing and a little bit of everything. At the end of the day, everyone comes away with a plan; a very small, smart goal as to what they want to do to move toward that next step for healthy, fun living.”
Free health screening and consultations will also be available at the event. “It starts at 7:30 a.m. for everyone to come in to get there screenings and then from 9 a.m. until about 3:30. It will be fun,” Critch continued.
Commissioner John Mark Hubbard responded stating, “We appreciate your efforts. Thank you for your efforts for our people. We hope this will be a very successful day. I am sure it will be. It always is.”
To register for the event, visit one of the following locations: The Williamson Health and Wellness Center, The Coal House or City Gym. Registration is also available online at http://www.wowicandoit.com/register/.
More information can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/wowmingo. Information can also be obtained by calling 304-293-5690 or by email at [email protected].
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)