WILLIAMSON – The Mingo County Commission signed a proclamation Wednesday, declaring Sept. 26 Women on Wellness (WOW) Day.
The Women on Wellness Day coincides with the Women on Wellness Retreat scheduled Saturday, Sept. 26 at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.
The event will take place on Williamson’s campus from the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers women the opportunity to take advantage of health screenings, nutrition counseling, fitness workshops, educational opportunities and holistic offerings.
The goal of WOW is to provide women with a personalized plan, a wealth of information and the resources to help women reach their goals.
The cost to register for the event is $25, which also covers the price of materials and food. However, no woman will be turned away. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. Women affiliated with the military are invited to participate in the event for free.
Betty Critch, Executive Director for the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health said, “It is about making a lifestyle change that’s healthy. Tell all the women in your life to come out and celebrate wellness.”
Mingo County Commissioner, John Mark Hubbard, read the proclamation to the public which states, “Research indicates most chronic diseases are preventable and research further shows that women exert a disproportionate influence on the health, well-being and education level of their families and communities.
“Women are healthcare leaders for their families. They manage approximately 80 percent of routine health care decisions and responsibilities for their children. More than one woman in ten cares for an ailing or aging relative.”
“Mothers are powerful socializers of their children’s health behavior, particularly with regards to nutrition.”
“West Virginia University National Center for Excellence in Women’s Health is being initiated by a coalition of public and private organizations dedicated to raising awareness of women’s health issues.”
“Mingo County ranks higher than the national bench mark for adverse health and is fifty fourth of 55 counties in W.Va. in health care statistics, such as obesity, poor or fair health, premature death and low birth weight by County Health Rankings and road maps.”
“A local community partnership has been formed in the City of Williamson, the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Coalfield Community Action Partnership, the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition, and the Williamson Health and Wellness Center have chosen to be the community champions and officially launch the Women on Wellness event local efforts.”
“Women on Wellness is a celebration of women taking responsibility for their own health and by extension their families, through greater knowledge and understanding.”
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)