WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD - The West Virginia National Guard’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) Dec. 14, 2017 with six colleges and universities from West Virginia to develop mutually beneficial internships with the WVNG’s Fitness Training Program.
Through the MoU, students attending West Virginia State University, University of Charleston, Marshall University, West Virginia University, Shepherd University, and Davis & Elkins College studying in the health and wellness fields, will be afforded an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with WVNG units as well as Soldiers and families participating in Fitness Training Program.
“Retention and training of the West Virginia National Guard force, and their families, helps to create and maintain a fit and ready force able to face the challenges in today’s ever-changing environment,” said Command Sgt. Maj. James Allen, West Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader. “The WVNG Fitness Training Program is a valuable tool to educate and self-motivate Soldiers to both lead a healthy lifestyle as well as encourage and mentor others within their units to do the same. By giving our Soldiers the tools they need to be successful and incorporating innovative approaches through partnerships with these university’s students, we express a prudent investment in the current and future leaders of our organization.”
The West Virginia National Guard Fitness Training Program, developed in 2016, seeks to provide a holistic approach to physical fitness and wellness for Soldiers through comprehensive education on physical fitness, nutrition, lifestyle improvement and personal accountability. Soldiers are provided with nutritional counseling, physical fitness education including lectures and facilitated discussions and training sessions, goal setting and individualized programs, as well as post-program follow up and accountability.