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MANNINGTON -

With obesity being a big problem in West Virginia today, Main Street cities are trying to encourage exercise to change those statistics.

Mannington Main Street just received a $13,000 grant that will allow it to add a little twist to its rail trail system.

"There's not a whole lot to do out on this end of the county in regards to physical fitness," said Rana Taylor, Mannington Main Street. "But we do have the rails to trails. Now since they are connecting to Barrackville we have a bigger outlet and we will reach a bigger crowd that way."

The Growing Healthy Communities Grant Program focuses on walking trails, community gardens, and more.

"Healthy communities are going to be more economically viable communities," said Monica Miller, West Virginia Development Office. "We are sort of taking the Main Street four point approach and expanding the four legged stool to kind of a fifth leg and looking at health and wellness."

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin awarded Mannington Main Street with $13,000 to develop a walking program with a twist.

"We're planning on putting 10 exercise stations which includes strength stations, stretching stations, things like that," Taylor said. "In addition to people that walking on the trail that are doing cardio, they will be able to exercise with this equipment."

"It's going to help them because they are going to become more active," Miller said. "Hopefully as they become more active they are going to make better food choices. They will eventually become healthier."

Officials said $3,000 of the grant will go toward the "Trail-Pal" Program.

"It's a six week program for trail walkers where they put tickets along the trail and they will win prizes through the week," Taylor said. "We will create little activities where they will search for coins along the trail to make walking a little more fun for them."

Mannington Main Street expects the entire project to be completed by September.