Change the Future WV was launched in the Mid-Ohio Valley as part of a national initiative called Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW). In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded two-year grants to 50 communities, both urban and rural. The focus of West Virginia's grant was to reduce obesity through improvements in nutrition and physical activity. The strategy was to change policies, systems and environments in order to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Change the Future WV continues to grow under the federal Community Transformation Grant and dovetails with many other efforts across the state. The online resource center is a portal to lessons learned from the CPPW grant, including the Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice resource guide, approaches and tools used in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and links to valuable information from other states and national organizations. There are a number of excellent resources available to communities who wish to create healthy environments for their residents. The resource guide provided here is meant to be a starting point.