Families & Health

Wright_Dana Dana Wright

WVU Extension Agent—Families and Health, Mingo and Logan Counties

Through her work as a West Virginia University Extension Service Families and Health agent, Dana Wright, helps to inspire West Virginians to live well through a healthy lifestyle, with her aptitude for nutrition, a little encouragement and a “can do” attitude.

Wright helps residents gain a new perspective of healthy living by educating them about keeping or starting a healthy diet. She uses WVU Extension programs to make her efforts seen in not only one, but two counties of the state, which include Mingo and Logan counties.

“Through WVU Extension Service’s Families and Health programs, like Dining with Diabetes, I’m able to educate residents about a variety of healthy living topics, which include diabetes—a prevalent disease among West Virginians,” explained Wright.

According to the American Diabetes Association, West Virginia’s diabetes rate in 2013 was 13 percent among adults—the nation’s highest. One of Wright’s goals is to reduce this number by keeping individuals informed and by serving as a “go-to” source for diabetes and nutrition information in the community.

“One of the many great things about WVU Extension Service is that county agents are connected to an abundance of trusted research and information through the University,” remarked Wright.

“I may not have an answer at the time a resident steps into my office, but you can be sure that I’ll have it after an e-mail or phone call to one of our experts.”

Proper nutrition and smart diet choices are an important part of living a healthy life, and Wright explains that sometimes individuals just need some encouragement to taste new, healthy foods or try a new exercise routine.

“Many people wait until they have diabetes before they start to make healthy food choices or get active and start to exercise,” said Wright. “I’m happy to offer recipes—that are both healthy and tasty—to people who are diabetic and those who are trying to reduce their risk.”

Wright also helps residents get or stay fit through the use of Fit Camps and a program called Body Works for youth and children ages 9-12.

She has been a WVU Extension agent since 2011 and her previous employment includes a graduate assistantship at Marshall University’s Diabetes Exercise Center.

Wright earned a master’s degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis on Cardiac Rehabilitation and a bachelor’s degree in Adult Fitness, both from Marshall University.

She has been a member of numerous boards, committees and clubs which include the West Virginia University Health and Obesity Prevention Team, The Mingo County Diabetes Coalition Advisory Board, co-chair of the Logan county Diabetes Coalition and many more.

To contact Wright call 304-235-0370, or email Dana.Wright@mail.wvu.edu.