A West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences professor has been invited to participate in this year’s National Physical Activity Plan Congress. Eloise Elliott, Ware Distinguished professor, will share her expertise during the NPAP Congress today (Feb. 23) and Tuesday (Feb. 24) in Washington, D.C.

More than 200 national leaders, experts and state liaisons will attend the Congress featuring successful physical activity initiatives throughout the country. Participants will gather support from national leaders to set standards for the next version of the NPAP slated for release in fall 2015.

Elliott will serve as a panelist speaking about physical activity planning at the state and local levels. Elliott will present an overview of the development of the West Virginia Physical Activity Plan that was modeled after the NPAP.

“The WVPAP team’s efforts reflect collective successes in physical activity interventions throughout the state. We want to share the vision for the future of physical activity promotion in West Virginia,” Elliott explained.

Elliott will also present two posters related to the development and implementation of the WV Physical Activity Plan along with colleagues Sean Bulger and Emily Jones, CPASS faculty members.

As the Ware Distinguished professor, Elliott is directly involved in childhood obesity prevention and service to West Virginia. Her research and service focus is on the development, implementation and evaluation of interventional strategies to change children’s behaviors related to physical activity.

Elliott serves as associate director of the WV Coronary Artery Risk Detection in Appalachian Communities Project (CARDIAC). She has served on numerous state and national committees and has recently been appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Science Board. She is the creator of Active Academics, a nationally recognized web-based resource for classroom teachers to integrate physical activity throughout the school day.

She led the development of one of the first statewide strategic plans modeled after the National Physical Activity Plan, ActiveWV: The West Virginia Physical Activity Plan. Elliott is a native West Virginian from Greenbrier County.



CONTACT: Kimberly Cameon, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
304.293.0827, Kimberly.Cameon@mail.wvu.edu

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