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Irish Road Bowling is a part of the healthy lifestyle solution in West Virginia. In 2012 we put more than 2,028 people walking, running, laughing down country roads just like their grandparents used to do. We can go back again. Developing this sport is a grassroots initiative, from West Virginia to the rest of the country, an inexpensive rural family sport, developed on our country roads. Few sports, if any, combine moderate exercise, just walking, with such high excitement- shots rolling 200, 250, even 300 yards on a narrow country road. It’s amazing.


Little Boy Playing Outdoors

Getting Children Outdoors

Our grandparents and great grandparents lived a more rural lifestyle and often walked on country roads, sometimes for miles to find a baseball field, play a few games and have a Sunday picnic. My uncles used to do that from Green Hill in Ireland, WV, to the baseball field and swimming hole at Falls Mills, and back. Five miles each way, plus the baseball games. That is active living!

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Part of The Healthy Lifestyle Solution in WV

In 2012 we put 2028 people walking, running, laughing down country roads just like their grandparents used to do. We can go back again. Developing this sport is a grassroots initiative, from West Virginia to the rest of the country, an inexpensive rural family sport, developed on our country roads. Few sports, if any, combine moderate exercise, just walking, with such high excitement—shots rolling 200, 250, even 300 yards on a narrow country road. It’s amazing.


A Growing Trend

From the first match in 1995 in Ireland, West Virginia, we have grown. In 2012, the WVIRBA sponsored 19 days of Irish road bowling events free and open to the public. The public was welcomed as spectators to the West Virginia State Championships and the North American Region Finals (national tournament), both also free to everyone. Our road bowling events, at first in north central West Virginia, now are in every region of West Virginia. Anyone living anywhere in the Mountain State can get to a WVIRBA road bowling event in one hour or less.

Little Girl Outside

Irish Road Bowling

Resources

Health Contacts and Resources West Virginia

West Virginia on the Move
www.wvonthemove.net

Live Well West Virginia (Summer Steps)
www.livewellwv.ext.wvu.edu

WV Office for Healthy Lifestyles
www.wvohl.com

WV Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance
www.wvahperd.org

Camp New You
http://www.campnewyou.org/

WV Master Gardeners
http://mastergardeners.ext.wvu.edu/

Jamie Oliver
www.Jamieoliver.com/petition

Health Contacts and Resources USA

U.S. Department of Agriculture My Pyramid for Kids
www.Mypyramid.gov/kids/index.html

White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, study
President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
www.fitness.gov, www.presidentschallenge.org,
www.letsmove.gov, www.smallsteps.gov

National Physical Activity Plan
www.physicalactivityplan.org

Tufts University Children in Balance
www.tufts.edu

Cleveland Clinic Fit Youth Program
www.clevelandclinichealth.com

America's Health Rankings
www.Americashealthrankings.org

Phys Ed curriculum
www.sparkepe.org

Campaign to End Obesity
www.obesitycampaign.org