Wheeling, West Virginia

Wheeling, WV City of WheelingPopulation: 26,771
Project focus: Access to foods that support healthy eating patterns

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The City of Wheeling, with Fun-Raiser, Grow Ohio Valley, Inc., Operation YURT, West Virginia University School of Public Health Prevention Resource Center, FARMacy, Wheeling Health Right, West Virginia Bureau of Public Health and West Virginia University Extension – Ohio County, is working to create what they call the “Edible Mountain,” a holistic, place-based youth wellness hub that aims to increase access to local food, physical fitness, social connection, and creative exploration.

Edible Mountain builds on years of teamwork and strives to improve the health of Wheeling’s children by marking improvement in physical and mental health indicators by 2025. This team seeks to create a central location where youth in Wheeling can take part in creative recreation and cooperative education. Youth who participate will not only improve their own health outcomes, but also will influence health across the community by taking the lead on a youth advisory board known as the Never Bored Board. Wheeling’s youth engagement will be transformative in improving the health outcomes of the city’s residents and will focus on local-food-based nutrition intervention, physical fitness, creative play, sense of belonging, unstructured exploration and artistic expression. 

Goals: 

  • Improve physical health, as measured by reduced prevalence and risk factors for childhood metabolic disorders
  • Improve resilience, as measured by reducing the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences 

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