Voices of the NPAP

Eloise Elliot


Eloise Elliott, PhD
Ware Distinguished Professor, West Virginia University



Which of the 8 Sectors are you involved in and why did you choose that particular sector?

Throughout my professional career, I have primarily worked in the education sector, first teaching in the K-6 environment, and then in Higher Education, Teacher Education.  However, my role presently includes leadership in helping West Virginia to develop an effective state Physical Activity Plan that encompasses all eight societal sectors.  Based on the NPAP and its development structure, we garnered interest and support from stakeholders in all sectors at a statewide Physical Activity Symposium last June (2010).  This initial “first step” has helped us to form a collaborative multi-sector team to lead the state in developing an effective WV PA Plan that adapts the work of the NPAP to the context of our state.

What's most exciting to you about the U.S. having a National Physical Activity Plan?

Having a National Physical Activity Plan is a critical component of getting Americans more active, and healthier!  It gives us a “national presence” in a time where the health of our citizens is at the forefront of so many agendas and conversations.  It provides documented evidence of what needs to be done, and by whom.  The fact that the Plan was collaboratively developed through the expertise and guidance of representatives from ALL population sectors make it a Plan that everyone can buy into and implement, regardless of one’s role in improving physical activity opportunities and/or participation.  From a state level perspective, the NPAP has given us a research-based framework from which to work to develop an effective state plan. 

What will success of the NPAP look like to you in 3 years, 5 years? 10 years?

In 3 Years:  A significant number of societal sector leaders and decision-makers across the country have “gotten the word” that THEY are part of the solution to the problem (e.g. sedentary lifestyles, obesity) - not just schools, or healthcare providers, but those who are planning communities, those who own companies, those who are leading media/marketing efforts, etc. – and will be working towards implementation.   The NPAP will be widespread and well known, and will influence professional practices.
In 5 Years: An influx of effective physical activity interventions within and across all sectors will be evident across the country.
In 10 Years:  A healthier, more physically active, America!