Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Southern West Virginia Lifestyles Project?
A: The Southern West Virginia Lifestyles Project (SWVL) is campaign that wants to teach high school students in southern West Virginia how to live a healthier lifestyle. Its goal is to show students that living healthy doesn’t mean giving up your favorite foods or spending all day at the gym. It’s possible to be healthy by making simple substitutions, like ketchup for mayo.
Q: How was SWVL established?
A: SWVL was created in 2014 in Wyoming County. The project is a collaborative effort of West Virginia University’s of Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy, along with the Reed College of Media, the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. It’s led by strategic communications students in the Reed College of Media.
Q: What happened the first year?
A: The first year, Westside high school and Wyoming County East High school faced off against each other to see who was the fittest. The winning school, Wyoming East High School, received a health fair with a variety of fun health related activities and challenges, including a bouncy house, bungee run, tug-of-war, foul shot contest, hula-hoop contest, fitness challenge and a giant foot race.
Q: How is this year different from its first year ?
A: SWVL is adding more counties to the competition! This year there will be four participating counties: Logan, Mingo, and Wyoming (again).
Q: What does SWVL want to accomplish in the future?
A: The goal of SWVL is to both include additional southern counties, as well as to include other wellness behaviors like reproductive health and smoking problems.