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‘Wii Can Be Healthy’ Starts Feb. 15

January 26, 2014
By JIM COCHRAN , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The Marshall County Health Department for the third year will be partnering with the Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley in a program known as the "Wii Can Be Healthy Project." The MCHD is now accepting participants for the program, which will begin Feb. 15.

Participants must reside in Marshall County, obtain a physician's statement of good health and commit to the 12-week program, for which there is a $25 registration fee.

The program is designed to help individuals become healthier through diet and exercise using Wii Fit Plus software and by attending training programs on healthy lifestyle choices.

The seven training sessions, each of which will last approximately one hour, will be held on Saturdays at the health department. The nurse educator provided by the Health Plan will be Joy Gillespie, a Marshall County resident.

The program will include testing of blood sugar and cholesterol levels, monitoring of blood pressure and weight, informational presentations and healthy recipes.

Participants will take home Wii equipment and Wii Fit Plus software for their personal use for three months, and be expected to exercise using the equipment for 30 minutes per day.

At the end of the program the participant losing the highest percentage of body weight will be awarded the Wii system he or she was using.

For more information or to register for the program call the health department at 304-845-7840.

The Marshall County Health Department will be holding a flu clinic from 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday in council chambers of the Benedum Center in Cameron.

Medicare, Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, PEIA and Aetna insurances will be accepted. Others will be charged based on income.

For more information call the Health Department at 304-845-7840.

Also, the health department continues to offer influenza vaccinations by walk-in from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. on Mondays, or by appointments the rest of the week.

Reynolds Memorial Hospital was recently notified it is a beneficiary of the estate of Jeanette Dickinson, who was born and raised in Marshall County, and graduated from Sherrard High School as well as the B.M. Spurr School of Nursing at Reynolds Memorial. She dedicated her life to the nursing profession, spending most of her time caring for our country's veterans.

Dickinson, who died in 2012, was a resident of Sun City Center. Fla.

The funds she bequeathed to RMH will benefit the school of nursing. Hospital CEO Jay Prager said, "We thank her for remembering us, and we will perpetuate her memory by using these funds to continue high quality nurse education at Reynolds Memorial Hospital."

The monthly Marshall County/West Liberty University Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Moundsville.

Dr. Craig Crow, assistant professor of management in the Gary E. West College of Business at WLU, will be the speaker. He will discuss his recent research on the value of athletics at WLU.

Those planning to attend may RSVP Jeff Knierim via email at or by calling 304-336-8301.

The breakfast will be "Dutch Treat," with walk-ins welcome, and special invitations to WLU alumni and friends.

February always seems to be the yearly start of steak fries, spaghetti dinners, tag days and other events that serve as fund raisers for organizations, athletic teams, schools, etc., and this year is no different. Among some of these upcoming events are:

A Tag Day to benefit the John Marshall High School Tennis Team, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Moundsville Wal-Mart. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of team uniforms and other necessary equipment.

On Feb. 7 the Moundsville Lions Club will sponsor a spaghetti dinner from 4-7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Proceeds will go to help those in the community who need eye glasses. Speaking of glasses, the club purchased 59 pairs during 2013. Tickets for the event can be obtained from any Moundsville Lions Club member.

Our Lady of Peace School will hold its annual Valentine Dinner-Dinner beginning 6 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the White Palace at Wheeling Park. The event, "The Love of Art," is expected to attract more than 300 people. For reservations call the school at 304-242-1383.

The annual Jim "Dead Eye" Morris steak fry will be held on Feb. 15 at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville. Proceeds from the event provide for scholarships to graduating seniors.

The Sanford Center will sponsor a steak fry at 6 p.m. on March 1 at the center. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, tip boards and a disc jockey who will provide music for listening and dancing. Tickets can be obtained by calling Sanford Center Chairman Chuck Gillingham at 304-650-3871 or any of the board members. The center recently elected board members who, in addition to Gillingham, are Co-Chairman Gary Goode, Secretary Allen Hendershot, Treasurer Joyce Howard, Della Deskins, Rick Healy, Candy Dobbs, Steve Hummel and Mary Kovalcik.

In last week's column about the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce's Business and Home Expo, I left out the name of Gene Saunders, who is a member of the planning committee for the event.

Speaking of Saunders, he wears numerous hats, including those of the mayor of Moundsville, the organizer/coach of the Panthers Tackle Football program, chairman of the city of Moundsville Recreation Board, chairman of the Moundsville Lions Sight Conservation committee, and as Lions Club First Vice District Governor.

On July 1, Saunders will become the Lions District Governor, the Moundsville Lions Club's first-ever District Governor.

There are currently four Lions Districts in West Virginia, with District 29-L having 41 clubs which are located from Chester to Parkersburg along the Ohio River, and eastward to the Morgantown-Fairmont areas.

At the recent Marshall County Board of Education meeting, in addition to naming Scott Holt as head football coach at Cameron High, two other high school coaching positions were filled. Jenna Hartley was named as head cross country coach at John Marshall, and Brett Wysocki as head girls' track coach, also at JMHS.

The Moundsville Baseball Association will be holding sign-ups for all age groups for the 2014 season, on Friday and Saturday, and also, on Feb. 7-8 at McDonalds Restaurant, the hours on all four dates being 6-8 p.m. There is a registration fee.

The fees, along with team sponsorships and a steak fry, the major yearly fundraiser, enable the operation of the program.

Last year there were 23 team sponsors. They were: Berry, Kessler, Crutchfield, Taylor and Gordon Law Offices; BFS Fuels, Boso and Son Towing, Creative Images, D.C. Detailing and Auto Sales, Domino's Pizza, First Choice Realty, Greg's Market, Henry's Auto Sales, Huddle House Restaurant, J. & R. Excavating, Ked's Ace Hardware, Mallet Law Office, McDonald's, Miller Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Mountaineer Excavating, Roller Derby, Helms Dentistry, StrikeA-Pose Photography, Swierkos Enterprise, Varsity Pizzeria, #1 Sports Fan and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 419.

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