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Clingman Center for Community Engagement opens in Lewisburg

(Lewisburg) The Clingman Center for Community Engagement celebrated an opening tonight.

Situated two blocks from the WVSOM campus, the Clingman Center for Community Engagement is the site of a partnership between West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s Center for Rural and Community Health and Greenbrier County Health Alliance, a non-profit designed to promote healthy living. At the center, WVSOM and Greenbrier County Health Alliance will host a schedule of workshops that will offer free, weekly skill-building sessions to improve self-management of diabetes, chronic pain and chronic disease. Classes will emphasize a healthy lifestyle approach through good eating habits, community engagement and stress management.

WVSOM President, James Nemitz, Ph.D., said, “When you look at the chronic diseases it’s all about lifestyle so we’re going to teach people about lifestyle change.”

It’s an idea those involved hope can spread across the state. Dr. Nemitz said, “This center will be a model for the state, so that what we learn here we will share with other communities. And we hope there will be community engagement centers around the state to teach people how to live healthier lives.”

The center was funded with grants from WVSOM, Greenbrier County Health Alliance and private donations. It was named afer Gwen Clingman who was known for feeding the community during her lifetime.

Haley Brown

Multimedia Journalist

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