Virginia’s first lady Dorothy McAuliffe (center) stopped by National Health Outreach Conference to underscored the importance of healthy habits. McAuliffe is flanked by Crystal Tyler-Mackey, VCE community viability specialist and Eric Bowen, VCE area food safety agent.
Health professionals, educators, and policymakers gathered in Roanoke in April to learn more about building partnerships in communities to promote physical and mental wellness.
The 2016 National Health Outreach Conference, hosted by Virginia Cooperative Extension, was grounded in the theme “All Aboard: Building Partnerships for a Healthy America.”
“This conference brings many different individuals together from fields as varied as nutrition and exercise, mental health, and community viability,” said Crystal Tyler-Mackey, community viability specialist with Extension. “By using a comprehensive approach to address the needs of often underserved populations, we are able to not only be concerned with marginalized populations, but also with providing culturally relevant programming and solutions to the groups that we serve.”
Indeed, Extension is often the crux of relationships in communities that strive to be leaders in wellness and seek out many different partners to achieve health and wellness goals.
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Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program is excited to announce free resources to help Virginians participate in the Move More, Virginia! campaign.
Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program, in collaboration with the Physical Activity Research and Community Implementation Laboratory of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, is excited to announce the availability of free video resources to help Virginians meet the physical activity recommendations of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The video resources are part of an initiative to help Virginians exercise by providing free video resources that make exercising at home more enjoyable and safe and is part of the Move More, Virginia! campaign.
The collection of exercise videos and online resources being offered to citizens of the commonwealth were developed by certified group fitness instructors and behavioral scientists, and features three levels of intensity. The videos are upbeat, easy to follow, and offer a range of workout style options. Ranging from 10 to 30 minutes, they are ideal for mixing and matching resources to meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans’ recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.
The workouts are based on feedback from program assistants and volunteers and work for all fitness levels, with beginner, intermediate, and advanced options in each workout. The resources will offer a variety of workouts, including flexibility exercises, full body workouts, high intensity interval training, resistance band routines, core workouts, and even family-oriented exercises.
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