The 2010 Physical Activity Symposium, sponsored by WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, WVU CARDIAC Project, and West Virginia on the Move, Inc., is set for June 17 & 18 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston.

The symposium will gather West Virginians from public and private sectors in an effort put a focus on increasing activity levels in the state, with an eye to improving West Virginians’ quality of life.

Nationally recognized speakers will present their current physical activity research, practice and intervention techniques. The symposium will also educate participants on highlights of the National Physical Activity Plan.

“We hope to reach out to participants who believe that by increasing the physical activity levels of West Virginians we can positively impact obesity and chronic disease rates in our state, as well as improve our quality of life,” explains Dr. Eloise Elliott, Ware Distinguished Professor, WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

According to Elliott, the symposium will provide an interactive setting for authors to present their work. Physical activity research abstracts and programmatic abstracts are being accepted. Detailed information regarding abstract submission can be found by logging onto

The “Showcase WV” poster session & presentations will highlight intervention.

Working sessions will allow participants to interact with others in similar fields, and within the same regions, to provide resources unique to individual communities and organizations.

The symposium will also showcase physical activity programs and initiatives within the state that model best practice in order to build awareness and support for a statewide strategic plan for physical activity.

“Everyone interested in promoting physical activity in West Virginia is urged to attend,” Elliott says.

Interested parties may include workplaces, schools, faith-based organizations, community organizations, parks and recreation departments, businesses, industries, planners, economic development partners, healthcare providers, state and local leaders, and anyone interested in the health and well-being of West Virginians.

Registration fee for this two day conference is $100 prior to May 1. This includes all meals, break refreshments, and course materials.

Organizations can also sign on as a sponsor or exhibitor.

Call Dr. Elliott at 304-293-0869 or email at or visit for more information.

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CONTACT: Kimberly Cameon, College of Physical Activity and Sport Science