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Health needs of county: The Healthier Jefferson County organization will meet at noon Monday in the first floor conference room at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. The group will continue to discuss how best to meet the county’s changing needs, how best to partner with other community agencies and will hear from Bob Shefner, the executive director of Jefferson County Community Ministries. For more information, contact Arlene Fernandez-Anderson, the executive resident for administration at the hospital, at 304-728-1707 or email her at

Trainer classes: Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg is offering classes for anyone interested in becoming a certified personal trainer. The course begins Saturday and continues through June.

For more information, call Ce Nichols at 304-260-4380, Ext. 2411 or Cynthia Hull at 304-260-4380, Ext. 2405 or send an email to The school is located at 5550 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg.

Healthier young people: A new session of BodyWorks, a program for parents of young adolescents, starts next week.

The BodyWorks program is a collaborative effort of West Virginia University Hospitals-East, the Berkeley County Health Department, WVU Extension and Shenandoah Community Health.

Families who enroll in the BodyWorks Program will receive a BodyWorks toolkit and will attend regular group meetings to help maintain behavior change. The toolkit includes a video on healthy shopping and cooking strategies, a recipe book, food and fitness journals, a weekly meal planner refrigerator magnet and more.

“Grant funding that we received for this program also allows us to provide incentives that families can earn to support their healthy behaviors such as a healthy eating toolkit and food and gas vouchers,”

BodyWorks will be offered on Tuesdays from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at Destiny Baptist Church, 115 N. Raleigh St. in Martinsburg.

Families will also be required to attend a followup session eight weeks after completion of the program. There is no fee for the program, but registration is limited.

For more information or to register, please contact Dana DeJarnett at 304-264-1287, Ext. 1814 or Denise Ryan at 304-267-7130 or email here at

The course is taught by World Instructor Training Schools. For details, call 888-330-9487 or go to


Free running clinics: Runners, whether novice or experienced, can get tips during free monthly running clinics at City Hospital’s Wellness Center in Martinsburg.

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, a nationally ranked distance runner and a local physician, will conduct the monthly clinics for runners of all levels on the first Friday of every month.

The clinics will focus on promoting proper form, preventing injuries and improving performance. Cucuzzella also is the founder and organizer of Freedom’s Run and the new Two Rivers Heritage Half Marathon.

A 4 p.m. clinic will focus on stability, mobility and strength. The 5 p.m. clinic will focus on running form. Participants can attend one or both clinics each month. The next clinic will be April 6.

Clinics will take place in the Wellness Center’s aerobics room. To register, call 304-264-1287, Ext. 1814 or email

For information on group runs and ongoing clinics, go to the Freedom’s Run headquarters’ website at Two Rivers Treads

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