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Group hopes to guide residents to fitter future

November 20, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - West Virginians might have an ongoing problem with sedentary lifestyles, but in Jefferson County, they're doing something about it.

Members of Leadership Jefferson, a program of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and other community members are launching the Jefferson Moves Project, an effort to familiarize county residents with the benefits of exercise and how they can get it.

Besides people who live here, new people are moving into the area who might not be familiar with the recreational opportunities available to them, said Aaron Amore, a Charles Town attorney who is working on the project.

Through a Web site, maps and brochures, the Jefferson Moves Project will identify local recreational offerings, such as hiking trails in the Harpers Ferry, W.Va., area or yoga and dance classes, Amore said.

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Jefferson Moves Project will be designed to help everyone young and old find recreational programs that are attractive to them, Amore said. An extensive hike on the Appalachian Trail in Harpers Ferry might not be something everyone is interested in, but shorter hiking trails in the area - about which there have been published works - could be the ticket, Amore said.

New avenues of recreation might be created, Amore said, such as designating indoor walking areas for senior citizens, Amore said.

"This is an evolving thing," said Amore, adding that Jefferson Moves Project also will offer information on how exercise and healthy eating habits can help promote good health.

Mary Via, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said Jefferson Moves Project is a way to learn about "all the fantastic resources we have in our community."

The Web site for Jefferson Moves Project is expected to be completed in January or February, Amore said.

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