According to dhhr.wv.gov the Healthy People Healthy Places recognition program celebrates the impactful work in communities and those leaders who are making a difference by implementing policies and programs that help West Virginians eat better, move more, and be tobacco free while making an impact for West Virginia’s economy. The Healthy In The Hills group completed an application on behalf of Mingo County, West Virginia for this awards program. During the awards ceremony, seven communities from across the state were recognized for their works and Mingo County was one of those seven.
On Tuesday, February 11th, staff from Healthy in the Hills, Williamson Farmers Market, and Williamson Health & Wellness Center attended an awards ceremony in Charleston to accept the Inaugural WV Healthy People Healthy Places Gold Award. Amy Hannah, Kristen DeBoard, and Alexis Batausa served as representatives to receive this honor.
Amy Hannah tells us the award was received for achieving benchmarks around policy and environmental changes related to nutrition, physical activity and tobacco.
The award signed by Governor Jim Justice reads,“Be it known that Mingo County is hereby awarded this Inaugural Healthy People Healthy Places Gold Award celebrating the positive impact work Mingo County is doing to accelerate and empower a healthier, thriving place to be.”
Congratulations to those involved in striving to make our communities a healthier place to be!
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