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  Prevention & Wellness
The Division of Prevention & Wellness (DPW), previously the Division of Health Promotion, was formed in May 2007
to establish wellness activities for the residents of Kanawha County and the City of Charleston. The DPW plans,
implements and evaluates policies, strategies and initiatives to promote healthy lifestyles that is supported by
evidence based knowledge of prevention and wellness theories.

KCHD serves on various boards, coalitions, advisory panels and teams to further enhance the health of our
residents while coordinating program activities with professional and lay groups interested in making communities

The DPW works with legislators and other public officials for increased recognition of preventative and wellness
issues including policy and environmental changes, which have a positive impact on the health of our community.
   Physical Activity

Tools to Use

Find out how walkable an area is around an
address with Walk Score

 Gmaps Pedometer

App for Iphone or Android Phone
Every Trail App

View KCHD's profile on EveryTrail

Map your trips on EveryTrail

View Physical Activity in a larger map



  Current Projects
Keys 4 HealthyKids                                       
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department partnered with the Charleston Area Medical Center and the Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Kids Healthy Communities Grant. The KEYS 4 HealthyKids (K4HK): Unlocking the Door to a Better Tomorrow Initiative will initially focus on low resource at-risk youth and their families living on the West Side and the East End of Charleston with expansion to other communities throughout Kanawha County. 

The vision of the Charleston-based KEYS 4 HealthyKids: Unlocking the Door to a Better Tomorrow Initiative is to positively impact the current childhood obesity epidemic. The K4HK Initiative will focus on revamping neighborhoods for kids and families that offer improved physical activity and play opportunities along with access to affordable, healthy foods and beverages. To give kids the best chance to lead the healthiest lifestyle possible, both active living and healthy eating must be available for high-risk families. 

Barriers or “doors to be unlocked” exist for low-income kids and families to lead active, healthier lives. To combat the current restrictive, and often unsafe, environment of Charleston’s low-income areas, this initiative will seek to achieve four goals or “KEYS” to unlock these doors or barriers. The four KEYS are:

K = KNOWLEDGE (5-2-1-0 healthy lifestyle campaign)
E = EATING HEALTHY through community gardens,
Y = YOUTH BEING ACTIVE through green space and pocket parks,
S = SAFETY & EMPOWERMENT through joint use agreements.