For The Chase and The Springs residents, there’s a lot to love about the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. In addition to their beautiful newly built Van Metre Homes homes, they enjoy ideal locations, natural beauty all around and a comfortable cost of living. And now our The Chase and The Springs residents can add to their list of things to love about the Eastern Panhandle – a healthy lifestyle!

According to a recent article from local news source, Jefferson County is the second healthiest county in West Virginia, and Berkeley County makes the top 10 with a ranking of ninth healthiest county in the state! Jefferson County is home to our The Chase community, located in scenic Charles Town, and The Springs is located in the county seat of Berkeley County, Martinsburg.

The article is based off of a recent report from the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which analyzed factors such as quality of life and adult obesity levels in nearly every county in the nation. A strong economy can be a factor influencing the healthy lifestyles in the Eastern Panhandle, according to Dr. Mark Cuzuzzella, who is quoted in the article. Strong local economics lead to good jobs in the area, which allow families to buy healthy food and the ability for children to get involved in outdoor activities. Dr. Joy Buck, a professor and researcher at West Virginia University who was also quoted in the article, agrees that socioeconomic status of these counties can have a positive correlation with their overall healthiness.

So there you have it – yet another reason to fall in love with West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle! Homeowners who want to take advantage of all the best that Jefferson and Berkeley counties can offer – including a healthy lifestyle – need to look no further than our exceptional new single-family homes in our The Chase and The Springs communities!