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Linda M. Carson

Associate Professor Emerita

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 Linda Carson is the Ware Distinguished Professor Emerita at West Virginia University. Dr. Carson is the founder and CEO of Choosy Kids, LLC, a company devoted to developing healthy habits early in life. Choosy Kids (www.choosykids.com) has provided professional development training and educational resources to thousands of early care and education professionals nationally and internationally. Dr. Carson has received many honors and awards over her career for distinguished service to teaching excellence and health promotion.

As a former faculty member of CPASS and Director of the WVU Motor Development Center she developed innovative learning laboratories for WVU students and award winning physical activity programs for infants, babies, toddlers, pre-school, and elementary school age children in both land-based and water-based learning environments, earning recognition for involving family members as play partners.

Dr. Carson has produced lively children's music to promote active learning that has earned several Parents' Choice Awards and more recently 2016 CD of the Year by Creative Child Press. She has also created popular resource materials with embedded health messages showcasing her influential children's health hero, Choosy. Early educators, child care providers, parents, pediatricians, and dentists use Choosy's messages to reinforce their ongoing efforts at promoting a balance of healthy choices every day including physical activity, healthier nutrition, and dental health habits.

Dr. Carson has served as an expert trainer for the early learning/health promotion initiatives, "I Am Moving, I Am Learning " and "Little Voices for Healthy Choices," launched nationwide by the federal Office of Head Start. She continues to serve as a trainer/consultant for the Head Start National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness within the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Carson has devoted her career to promoting healthy preferences for young children and the adults who make decisions on their behalf.