Webster County Health Department
(304) 847-5483 office
(304) 847-7692 fax
112 Bell Street
Suite C
Webster Springs, WV 26288    



                                         Kettleball Class @ Webster Fitness Center

Starting Wednesday September 17th, Webster Fitness Center will conduct a free trial kettleball class which will be held weekly from 4:30 to 5:00PM. Kettleballs are provided, but if you have access to one please bring it. Come out and try something new and join the fun!


                                       September is National Preparedness Month!

“Be Disaster Aware. Take Action to Prepare”

Are you ready for an emergency - floods, severe weather, power outages, etc.? Are you ready to protect your family, neighbors, and co-workers during a disaster? September is Preparedness Month.  Volunteer West Virginia’s ReadyWV campaign encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters.


If you’ve seen the news recently, you know that natural or man-made disasters can happen unexpectedly at any time in your community. Police, fire and rescue personnel may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster. The most important step you can take in helping local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care.


Simple steps to take:


Stay Informed:  Information is available from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial resources. To learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency, visit: Ready.gov/be-informed


Make a Plan:  Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with your loved ones. See sample Family Plan Template. Work together with neighbors, colleagues, and others to build community resilience. Visit Ready.gov/make-a-plan


Build a Kit:  Keep enough emergency supplies - water, nonperishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlights, and battery-powered or hand crank radio on hand - for your household. Visit Ready.gov/build-a-kit


Get Involved:  There are many ways to get involved especially before a disaster occurs. The whole community can participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes and places of worship safer from risks and threats. Community leaders agree that the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of volunteers, a trained and informed public, and increased support of emergency response agencies during disasters. Visit Ready.gov/get-involved


Contact your local firehouse and ask for a tour and information about preparedness. Get involved with your local American Red Cross Chapter or train with a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).


By taking these simple actions, you can make your family safer and better able to recover!      


For more information, contact Gina Namay, Volunteer West Virginia at (304) 558-0111.



Fall Fitness Plan: Get Out & Exercise


Fine fall weather makes it easy to get outside — during lunch, after work — and get active!
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Crisp fall weather is made for physical activity — walking, running, biking, swimming are all fair game. They're excellent forms of aerobic exercise, which means they give the heart a good workout. Even when life is ultra-hectic, it's important to plan for exercise.

Exercise helps control blood pressure, and it helps your heart function optimally when you're under mental stress, according to a Duke University Medical Center study. Additional benefits of regular aerobic exercise: weight loss, improved cardiovascular fitness, lowered heart rate, healthier blood vessels, and a better-pumping heart.

Runner's high is real, research shows. During exercise, the brain produces endorphins — natural chemicals similar to morphine that cause a feeling of happiness. For maximum endorphin benefit, get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three to four times a week, advises the American Council on Exercise.

Yoga and tai chi also help with relaxation. While they won't produce a significant endorphin release, these timeless practices increase strength, flexibility, and balance control. Because they involve deep breathing and calming exercises, they also help in releasing stress.


No Time? Try Lunchtime Workouts

If your schedule is tight, try a 30-minute lunchtime workout. You'll lose the stress and anxiety — and get a boost in energy. Stepping away from work helps clear your mind, helps you refocus, too. You'll be calmer, more productive.

Circuit training is great for a 30-minute workout. If a gym isn't nearby, take a walk. Walk half an hour every day, and you can lose 10 pounds in a year — if you keep your diet healthy. A few more tips:

  • Keep a workout bag at your desk: sneakers, gym clothes, basic grooming tools. Baby wipes help you clean up fast so you don't have to shower.
  • Pack a lunch so you don't have to wait in food lines.
  • Keep small pre-workout snacks on hand, like almonds, walnuts, string cheese, cottage cheese, oatmeal — so hunger won't slow you down.

As we head into the holiday season, these workouts are especially important. Just don't stress out about exercise. With just a little planning, exercise should eliminate the stress!



                    Thanks to All Contributors and Participants of the 


 Walk @ Lunch 2014 Challenge!

The Webster County Health Department would like to thank all who helped to make the Walk @ Lunch 2014 Challenge  possible.  Thanks to the Snowshoe Foundation, Change the Future WV/Jeremy Wanless, G & R Grocery, The Custard Stand,  Webster County Memorial Hospital, Angel Green, Nonie Roberts, Lisa Hardway, Mike Hall, Donna Murrello, Elaine Hamilton, Cindy Barbe, Jeanie Clouser, Nina Bush, Betsy Morris Theron Hamrick, Mickey Janowski and anyone else who helped in any way.  We would also like to thank all participants and committee members for making this project a success.  


The Webster County Health Department was a six week walking challenge that began Monday, March 31 and ran through Monday, May 12, 2014.  Participants were challenged to walk at least 30 minutes a day, five days per week.  Participants were given pedometers to track their steps and tracking logs to record their activity.  101 people accepted the challenge agreeing to walk the specified minimum amount of time.  48 participants were involved in the data collection portion of this project.  A weekly newsletter was published in the local newspaper and put on the Webster County Health Departments website.  Statistics were taken at the beginning and end of the six week period with weight, waist measurements distance walked and blood pressure being gathered.  Listed below are the results:


·         Total  combined miles walked - 4,997

·         Average steps per day - 8,484

·         30 participants lowered top Blood Pressure number by an average of 12 points each

·         30 participants lowered bottom Blood Pressure number by an average of 7 points each

·         27 participants lost a total of 120.8 lbs. or an average of 4 pounds each

·         25 participants lost a total of 49.95 inches around the waist of avg. of 2 inches each.



                An awards celebration was held on Thursday, May 15th where prizes were awarded.  Each member brought their favorite healthy food dish to be shared with all.  Lisa Hardway, Certified Health Coach, and Nonie Roberts, Adolescent Health Coordinator, were speakers for the evening. 


                We encourage all participants to continue walking.   This is a project that we hope to make into a yearly event, so watch the newspaper next spring for information about our 2015 Walking Challenge!  In the meantime join the Webster Fitness Center walking group by calling 304-847-7717 or represent Webster County in the Summer Steps walking program by logging on to www.fh.ext.wvu.edu/summer-steps . Congratulations to all who participated and worked toward improving their health.





Do you or family members have a "functional need" (dependency on electric, respirator, wheelchair , intravaneous restricted, etc.). The functional needs registery is designed to assist those who may require shelter or evacuation assistance in the event of an emergency and is maintained in strict confidence by Webster County OES and WCHD. A printable version of the functional needs form along with instructions for return is available at the link to the left.