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Beckley, Fayetteville, Morgantown dubbed state’s top healthy cities by DHHR

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health, Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease (HPCD) today announced five communities as recipients of the Healthy People Healthy Places designation, recognizing their commitment to supporting healthy choices.

This year’s gold-level awardees are the City of Beckley and Berkeley County. The silver-level awardee is the City of Fayetteville. Bronze-level awardees are the City of Morgantown and Putnam County.

“These communities made a conscious effort to make West Virginia a healthier place to live, work, learn, eat, and play,” said Jessica Wright, Interim Co-Director of the Office of Community Health Systems and Health Promotion and HPCD Director. “Communities are showing a concerted effort by developing policies to address tobacco cessation and prevention, promote healthier eating, and promote physical activity. These efforts not only make our communities healthier and happier places to live, but also aim to reduce healthcare costs and build economic impact.”

Healthy People Healthy Places communities receive signage and other materials to promote their commitment to policies, programs, and practices that promote healthier lifestyles. The Healthy People Healthy Places program also provides advice and assistance to expand the effect of community efforts.

“The last year has been challenging for both our state and local communities,” said Dr. Ayne Amjad, State Health Officer and Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health. “Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, these communities took steps to improve the overall wellbeing and quality of life by supporting healthy choices. Every step taken helps build a healthier and brighter future for West Virginia.”

To learn more about the West Virginia Healthy People Healthy Places program and how to apply for the 2022 designation, visit www.wvhealthypeoplehealthyplaces.com. To view the video announcement, visit https://youtu.be/zF2Taim-OUM.

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