Call to Action

Public health organizations improve the health and well-being of communities through education and the promotion of healthy lifestyles in West Virginia. Public health professionals must continue to assume an important leadership role in promoting physical activity. This can be accomplished by advocating for increased physical activity for all West Virginians, regardless of age, disability, or economic status; educating individuals to take greater responsibility for their own health behaviors; and providing more opportunities for physical activity. By providing opportunities for physical activity and encouraging citizens, public health professionals can help shape policies that will secure a better quality of life for all residents, facilitate the adoption of evidence-based health programs by communities, and evaluate their impact in West Virginia. Public health organizations, leaders, and professionals must promote physical activity by advocating for more opportunities, educating for greater personal responsibility, shaping policy, facilitating the adoption of evidence-based practices, and conducting surveillance and research on health promotion and physical activity programs.

Strategies & Tactics

Public health organizations improve the health and well-being of communities through education and the promotion of healthy lifestyles in West Virginia. Public health professionals must continue to assume an important leadership role in promoting physical activity. This can be accomplished by advocating for increased physical activity for all West Virginians, regardless of age, disability, or economic status; educating individuals to take greater responsibility for their own health behaviors; and providing more opportunities for physical activity. By providing opportunities for physical activity and encouraging citizens, public health professionals can help shape policies that will secure a better quality of life for all residents, facilitate the adoption of evidence-based health programs by communities, and evaluate their impact in West Virginia.

Public health organizations, leaders, and professionals must promote physical activity by advocating for more opportunities, educating for greater personal responsibility, shaping policy, facilitating the adoption of evidence-based practices, and conducting surveillance and research on health promotion and physical activity programs.

Priority Area 1: School-Based Program & Initiatives
 Collaborate with schools to optimize the effectiveness of current policies and practices related to physical activity and physical education for all grade levels. 
Priority Area 3: Community Engagement & Environment
 Establish community-based coalitions to develop trails and other environments built for physical activity. 
Priority Area 5: Policy
Engage in advocacy and policy development to elevate the priority of physical activity in evidence-based public health practice, policy and evaluation. 
Priority Area 2: Public Awareness & Social Marketing
Develop and launch an aggressive evidenced-based, multi-sector awareness campaign to promote physical activity.
Priority Area 4: Institutional & Organizational Support
Adopt an evidence-based, community-driven approach that integrates institutional and organizational support to encourage and sustain physical activity in the community.