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.
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.
Video: Discussion: President Burwell and Senator Rockefeller