Dr. Eloise Elliott, a national leader in the effort to combat obesity, will provide insight on current collaborative efforts to improve physical activity at a national conference and as a guest lecturer at Texas A&M University in the next few weeks.
Elliott, Ware Distinguished Professor at the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, will speak at Weight of the Nation 2012: Moving Forward, Reversing the Trend, a Center for Disease Control conference May 7-9 in Washington D.C. Along with Dr. Russ Pate, internationally recognized expert on physical activity, fitness and health in children, she will present, “National Physical Activity Plan: Collaboration to Improve Physical Activity.” Elliott will also speak about the impact of physical activity on health and development of school-based physical education programs as part of the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University distinguished lecture series April 12.
“I am honored to represent WVU and our great state of West Virginia at both the Weight of the Nation Conference and Texas A&M,” Elliott said. “As we move forward in physical activity promotion in our schools, communities, and outdoor natural environments throughout the state, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share our successes with others throughout the country.”
“Dr. Eloise Elliott, Ware Distinguished Professor at WVU CPASS, is nationally-recognized for her public service programming and scholarship promoting active and healthy lifestyles, especially for children,” said Dana D. Brooks, dean, CPASS.
“She and her colleagues were instrumental in writing the West Virginia Physical Activity Plan, which provides a road map to educate and systematically support programming to help eradicate childhood obesity within the State of West Virginia.”
The Weight of the Nation 2012 conference will showcase CDC initiatives to improve dietary quality and increase physical activity to prevent and control obesity among Americans. CDC anticipates an audience of 1,200, including public health practitioners, representatives from agriculture, education, transportation and legal sectors, media and policy makers.
A native of Greenbrier County (W.Va.), Elliott currently heads the WVPAP designed to encourage West Virginians to develop healthier lifestyles. It is modeled after the National Physical Activity Plan launched in May 2010.
Elliott focuses her efforts on obesity prevention and service to West Virginia in promoting physical activity throughout the state to improve the health of children. Elliott previously served as department chair at Concord University in the Department of Human Performance. Prior to joining the ranks of higher education, she taught physical education and kindergarten in Mercer County (W.Va.) schools for 13 years.
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CONTACT: Kimberly Cameon, WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences