WV Physical Activity Symposium
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.
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.
WV Physical Activity Plan Launch Day
January 19, 2012 marked a historic day for West Virginia as the first comprehensive, state-wide, physical activity plan was officially launched. West Virginia became one of only two states to release a state-wide initiative that modeled the National Physical Activity Plan. The celebration was held in the Rotunda of the state capitol in Charleston, WV. Representatives from every sector set up informational displays and physical activity demonstrations were carried out in the morning hours. 2011 America’s Got Talent champion, Landau Eugene Murphy was in attendance and delivered remarks as did NBA Hall Of Famer Dominique Wilkins, representing Novo Nordisk as a diabetes ambassador.
The official plan release was accompanied by a proclamation from Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, officially declaring January 19, 2012 as West Virginia Physical Activity Day. Governor Tomlin expressed his gratitude and support for the WV plan during the ceremony. Other state and national lawmakers were in attendance, or represented during the event. In coordination with the event, a state-wide physical activity session was conducted, and students from all across West Virginia participated by dancing the Cupid Shuffle. Over 100,000 West Virginia school-aged children participated in all 55 counties. The day concluded with a fun-run starting at the capitol steps.
Photos from the WV Physical Activity Plan Launch Day
Continuing the Plan
In June 2015, a second symposium was held at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV to officially kick-off the planned revision to the WV Physical Activity Plan. This event added a poster session featuring innovative ideas and research into the obesity epidemic and other physical activity areas of study.