In the summer of 2010, West Virginia boldly entered the national stage with a physical activity symposium event held in Charleston, WV. This event was the jumping point for WV to fully commit to a state-wide physical activity plan modeled after the National Physical Activity Plan. No other state, at the time, had taken the initiative to develop a comprehensive state-wide plan. West Virginia ranks near the bottom in most categories related to physical activity and obesity, yet hundreds of individuals and organizations around our state have stepped up to the challenge to create a culture of physical activity in our great state.

Once again, in 2015, West Virginia repeated the symposium event as the starting point for a planned revision and update to the original plan. That plan was released in the early summer of 2016.

The 2010 symposium featured a two-day event with nationally acclaimed speakers including Olympic champion Shannon Miller, a picnic at the Governor’s Mansion, and small group working sessions in each sector area. In 2015, the symposium added a poster session featuring innovative ideas and research into the obesity epidemic and other physical activity areas of study. Each symposium was an integral part of bringing members of all the sectors together for collaboration and planning in an effort to continue the development of the Active 2020 plan.