WV Bureau of Senior Services

Health Care Promotion

Through county aging providers, (senior centers) seniors are afforded many opportunities to participate in various forms of physical activity and health promotion. These include walking programs, general exercise programs and those targeted specifically to certain diseases (for example, osteoarthritis), health screenings, and educational programs designed to improve physical and mental well-being.

The Bureau of Senior Services and many senior centers participate in West Virginia on the Move, a program that encourages West Virginians, regardless of athletic ability, to increase their physical activity and make smarter food choices. If you go to Partnership for a Healthy West Virginia you will find an interactive map that allows you to search for activities by county or topic (e.g., health fairs, Senior Olympics, Dean Ornish heart disease programs).

Healthy People 2020 is also an excellent resource; it represents the nation's disease prevention agenda—to increase quality and years of healthy life and eliminate health disparities.