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Symposium I

The 2010 WV Physical Activity Symposium, hosted by West Virginia on the Move, Inc., WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, and WVU CARDIAC Project, gathered West Virginians from public and private sectors on June 17-18, 2010 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, W.Va. The Symposium showcased the state’s efforts in changing physical activity culture through research, practice, and interventions. Speaker, Shannon Miller, 2-time Olympic gold medalist, 7-time Olympic Medalist, 9-time World Medalist, and the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympics Hall of fame twice– once as an individual in 2006 and then as part of the 2008 team- attended the first Symposium to bring awareness for the need to help increase activity levels in the state. Participants heard from national speakers covering education, intervention, and best practice to positively impact obesity and chronic disease and were welcomed to a picnic hosted my Governor and First Lady Manchin at the Governor’s Mansion following the event.

This is a full color version of the West Virginia Physical Activity Symposium logo used for illustration purposes on the website.

Symposium II

The 2015 West Virginia Physical Activity Symposium, a two day event on March 30-31, 2015, brought together people from all over the state to highlight programs, policies, and initiatives across West Virginia that promote physical activity at work, school, home and play across Mountain State. Hosted by WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, WVU Extension Service, WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, WVU School of Public Health, and the WV CARDIAC Project, the program featured national and state leaders who discussed their vision for a healthier and more physically active West Virginia. Speakers include E. Gordon Gee, President, WVU; Rahul Gupta, Commissioner, WV Bureau for Public Health; Michael Martirano, Superintendent, WV Department of Education; Ron Stollings, Senator, WV State Senate; and Harold (Bill) KohlIII, Research Professor, University of Texas.

Ware Distinguished Lecture Series
The Ware Distinguished Lecture series was established by the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences to pay tribute to Alfred “Al” Ware and Dolores “Dee” Jamison Ware, both graduates of WVU’s School of Physical Education and now College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. Al and Dee are very proud of their roots in WV and at WVU. Both have traveled abroad extensively, yet they are longtime supporters of WVU and continue to give back to the university and the state that they love. At West Virginia University, the Wares provided the land for the gateway to the historic downtown WVU campus, have been benefactors in the development of the WVU’s Stansbury Hall Fitness/Wellness Center, and donors to the Ericson Alumni Center entrance walkway. The Ware Family Foundation has also established the Ware Distinguished Professor in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences to provide leadership throughout the state in fighting childhood obesity and establishing healthy lifestyles at a young age.
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The first Ware Distinguished Lecture was delivered by Dr. Sylvia Matthews Burwell, former US Secretary for Health and Human Services in September 2017, as part of the Children’s Health Policy Summit at WVU. Dr. Burwell is committed to ensuring that every American has access to healthy and productive lives, and encourages each individual to take a more active role in living a healthy lifestyle.
The second Ware Distinguished Lecture was delivered in April 2019 by Dr. Bill Kohl, a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in the Houston School of Public Health, and the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Kohl served as a lead epidemiologist and team leader in the PA and Health Branch of the Division of Nutrition and PA at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.