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Try This Mission Statement:

Try This aims to help knock West Virginia off the top of the worst health lists, community by community, by building a statewide grassroots network of healthy-community leaders who expand opportunities for physical activity and/or healthy food in their communities."

To help make that happen, Try This:

  • offers minigrants to community teams for projects that expand physical activity, healthy food or active mindfulness in their communities.

  • brings healthy-community leaders together to inspire each other and trade ideas at an annual conference and regional gatherings (in years when there is no pandemic)​

  • supplies extensive "how to" information for projects through social media and a resource Web site that covers hundreds of possible projects and West Virginians who have successfully done them

  • builds leadership skills and confidence in emerging community health leaders, through minigrants, resources, connections, support, and good examples​

  • partners with a wide variety of like-minded organizations that can supply help to minigrant teams. Try This is an incubator for ideas that can only be accomplished by a coalition of groups. We get more done together than we do by ourselves

  • organizes regional Try This networks, to make it easier for like-minded people to connect with people who live nearby.

Try This motto: "It's up to us!"

Try This Funders:

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, WVDHHR Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease; WVDHHR Behavioral Health (via the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine), Generous Promise Fund, Congregation of St. Joseph; The Pallottine Foundation of Huntington; Bernard McDonough Foundation; Sisters Health Foundation; American Electric Power Giving Back Fund. 

Try This Fiscal Sponsor: The Lewis County Family Resource Network


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Try This is an accelerator. By offering trainings and virtual networking events, social media support, coordinating with on-the-ground organizers to help local teams plan projects, carrying out long-term planning, providing resources, and collaborating across our vast network, Try This is always working towards empowering new leaders in the healthy-community movement. Try This has sponsored ten Regional Gatherings and has sparked the statewide Mindful West Virginia network.