Shape Up Wythe Sheffey: Free Health Education/Fitness Program Registration Now Open!

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that registration is open for the fall Shape Up Wythe Sheffey fitness and health education program.

This free program will be offered to individuals age 18 to 65 and residing in Wythe and Bland counties. Shape Up Wythe Sheffey will be conducted three nights a week for 12 weeks at Sheffey Community Gym starting with orientation on August 26, 2019.

Participants in this program will have two evenings of fitness/exercise with a qualified instructor and one night will be dedicated to health education. Participants will also have the opportunity for a free health screening and consultation from the Mt. Rogers District Health Department.

Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Williams said officials are excited to start up the fall session.

“We are excited to host another Shape Up Program,” Williams said. “We have been successful in the past with this program and to date we have had participants lose over 200 pounds and 300 inches combined.”

Williams said Shape Up Wythe Sheffey is a free program, thanks to a grant provided by the Wythe-Bland Foundation.

“The foundation and the recreation department believe that providing this program to the community near and around Sheffey will improve the overall health consciousness of participants,” Williams said. “We are excited to have this program continuing this fall.”

Limited space available. Registration ends Friday, August 23, 2019.

To register please contact Kevin Williams, Director of Wythe County Parks and Recreation, at 276-223-4519, or email: [email protected]


WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The spring Shape Up Wythe Sheffey programs finished up with excellent results for participants.

Carolanne Shockley took part in this year’s program.

“It’s an excellent program with certified instructors and trainers,” Shockley said. “I loved the program. I’m very proud of how they have started it from the ground up. I had a great nutritionist.” 

The twelve week program provides students with three days per week of exercise and nutrition education. The program concluded in June with a revealing of assessments and a healthy dinner for participants. The spring program included two classes, Shape Up Wythe Sheffey and Shape Up Step Two.

“It’s a free program funded by the Wythe-Bland Foundation,” Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Williams said. “Several organizations make this program happen: Jinger Covert and A Step Above Concepts, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Heartland Rehab Services and the Virginia Department of Health.”

Within the two classes, 27 people participated and lost a total of 159 inches and 111 pounds.

The program is held at the Sheffey Community Gym. Williams said a fall session is starting after Labor Day. For more information about the program please contact Williams at 276-223-4519.