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Wellness project awarded W.Va. grant

January 09, 1998

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -Shenandoah Valley Medical System, Inc. received grant funding from the Eastern West Virginia Rural Health Education Consortium to support a community Health Promotion and Wellness Demonstration Project, according to Joy Buck, director of program development.

The funding will be used to develop tailored health education materials and innovative outreach initiatives to promote prevention, early detection and intervention in chronic health conditions in the Panhandle.

Compared to all other states in America, West Virginia has the fifth worst rate of smoking and ninth highest number of people with diabetes, Buck said.

Also, the number of West Virginians with heart disease and high blood pressure is much higher than the national average, she said.

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The SVMS Health Promotion and Wellness Program was created to provide a mechanism to strengthen existing initiatives and develop new strategies to address the significant health problems evident in West Virginia.

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