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Faith based groups asked to help in study

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Faith based groups in three southern West Virginia counties are being asked to help participant in a physical activity program.

The WVU Department of Orthopaedic's is looking for 10 groups in McDowell, Mercer and Wyoming counties for the second phase of a study on reducing falls.

The physical activity program was established to improve balance and reduce falls in older adults using gently and self-paced exercises.

The program can improve quality of life, muscle strength, sleep, flexibility and balance.

The study will eventually enroll 240 men and women in the 16-week exercise class.

Participants must be over age 65.

Information will be collected from the participants at the start and finish of the class and after a 16-week follow-up.