West Virginia University partners are seeking statewide input to promote healthy living and quality of life for every West Virginian. A draft of the West Virginia Physical Activity Plan is now available for public comment by going to www.wvphysicalactivity.org.

According to organizers, if you live, work, play or just love West Virginia, you can contribute to a more physically active state by providing your feedback on the plan. The document is available for public comment until Nov. 22.

The West Virginia Physical Activity Plan is being developed to improve the health and quality of life of the state’s population. The plan focuses on involvement from eight societal sectors, including: Health Care: Public Health; Education; Business & Industry; Mass Media; Parks/ Recreation /Fitness/Sports; Transportation/Land Use/Community Planning; and Volunteer & Non-Profit. Each sector’s contribution is considered a vital part of creating a shared vision.

“Numerous West Virginians are invested in the Plan development process to this point,” said Eloise Elliott, WVU CPASS Ware Distinguished Professor and Chair of the WVPAP. “Now we would like for all citizens to have the opportunity to voice their opinions and suggestions for strengthening this Plan that can potentially impact the health of all West Virginians.”

“Along with Texas, West Virginia is one of two states taking the lead in developing a state plan modeled after the National Physical Activity Plan that was launched in May 2010. The activities in West Virginia are receiving national attention.”

The public comment period is one of the last anticipated steps before the WV Physical Activity Plan is released on Jan. 18, 2012. Launch Day activities are being planned at the State Capitol and in communities across West Virginia.

The WV Physical Activity Plan is supported by WVU’s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, West Virginia on the Move Inc., and The WV CARDIAC Project.

For more details and to learn how to get involved, go to www.wvphysicalactivity.org.



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CONTACT: Kimberly Cameon, CPASS
304-293-0827; Kimberly.Cameon@mail.wvu.edu