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Center for ActiveWV hosts state-wide symposium

The Center for ActiveWV recently welcomed nearly 100 leaders from around the state to Stonewall Resort for its 2024 WV Physical Activity Symposium to discuss how to better promote physical activity and health and inspire other organizations to join the initiative.

The symposium also gathered an array of speakers and prominent figures from West Virginia, including:

  • Gayle Manchin, Federal Co-Chair, Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Michelle Blatt, State Superintendent of Schools, WV Dept. of Education Honorable
  • Roger Hanshaw, Speaker of the House of Delegates, WV
  • Sherri Young, Secretary of the WV Dept. of Health
  • Clay Marsh, Chancellor and Executive Dean, WVU Health Services

“Our goal with the symposium was to bring together the people and organizations within West Virginia that are focusing on improving the overall health and wellness of our state,” said Eloise Elliott, Chair of the WV Physical Activity Plan Coordinating Committee and Director of the Center for ActiveWV. “We wanted to create a dialogue with our peers to see how we can better collaborate in the future and identify opportunities for collective action.”

During the symposium, the Center for ActiveWV unveiled “ ActiveWV 2030: The 2024 Physical Activity Plan,” which highlights strategies and tactics to increase physical activity promotion in all population sectors.

“We’re excited to unveil the updated WV Physical Activity Plan,” Elliott said. “Our goal is to provide an evidence-formed roadmap to leaders across the state to use to increase physical activity opportunities for all and motivate West Virginians to lead an active lifestyle.”

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