Dr. Eloise Elliott is a native West Virginian, born and raised in rural Greenbrier County. She received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, a M.A. in Physical Education from Salem University in Salem, West Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Elliott was employed at Concord University in the Department of Human Performance, where she served as chair of the department from 1993 to 2004. Prior to joining the ranks of higher education, she taught physical education and kindergarten in Mercer County schools for 13 years. Elliott’s work primarily focuses on children’s health, specifically physical activity, nutrition and obesity prevention, and on pedagogy and curriculum development. Her interest in educational technology led to the development of Healthy Hearts 4 Kids, and Take Charge! Be Healthy!, both web-based school health instructional modules designed to teach intermediate age children and adolescents about good health practices. Currently, the instructional modules have been used by more than 40,000 students in 47 states.
Nationally, Elliott has served as Chair of the Council of Physical Education for Children (COPEC) of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), co-authored the NASPE Position Paper, A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Plan, served on the National Physical Education Teacher of the Year committee, served as Director of the American Master Teacher Program, and has been involved in various capacities in AAHPERD at the state and national level over the past 25 years. Most recently, Dr. Elliott was appointed to the national President’s Council on Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition Science Board.
In West Virginia, Elliott is the Co-Director of the WV CARDIAC Project in the WVU School of Medicine (statewide children’s health surveillance and intervention initiative).
Selected professional contributions to her state include past chair of the West Virginia on the Move Board of Directors, co-chair of the physical activity committee of the West Virginia Action for Healthy Kids Team, past president of the West Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (WVAHPERD), and serving as a mentor for fellows in the WVDE Health and Physical Education Teacher Leadership Academy.
Elliott has written numerous articles, and made over 150 presentations locally and across the country. She has written two instructor guides for a popular elementary physical education textbook, Children Moving, and authored a textbook chapter on interdisciplinary learning. She is currently co-authoring the 3rd edition of Teaching Children Physical Education. She helped found the popular website, PE Central, and until recently, served as a Senior Advisor to the website. Her leadership in her university, her community, her state, and her professional organizations indicates her desire and ability to bring stakeholders together to “make things happen” for the health of our children.
In 2006, Elliott was recognized as the American Association of Health Education (AAHE)
Health Professional of the Year – Public and Community Health. She has also been honored as the 2011 Scholar Award recipient, the 2004 Health Educator of the Year, and received the 2001 Ray O. Duncan Award for outstanding professional service from the West Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (WVAHPERD).
As the WVU Ware Distinguished Professor, Elliott focuses her efforts on childhood obesity prevention and physical activity promotion and has been charged with leading service initiatives to improve the health and well-being of the citizens of West Virginia. Over the past five years, Dr. Elliott has provided leadership in developing and disseminating the first WV Physical Activity Plan (wvphysicalactivity.org), in organizing two WV Physical Activity Symposia, in developing and implementing two countywide initiatives to improve physical activity participation and healthy living in children, adolescents, and families (greenbrierchoices.org and mcdowellchoices.org), and in working with overweight children and their families to improve healthy lifestyles, and therefore, health status, of WV families (campnewyou.org and cardiacwv.org). With her expertise in physical education curriculum and pedagogy, she has developed and conducted multiple teacher training workshops throughout the nation. Dr. Elliott’s interest in implementing and studying Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (CSPAP) has led to the development of Active Academics (activeacademics.org), a nationally recognized web-based teacher resource developed to assist classroom teachers in implementing physical activity in the PreK-8 classroom.
Committees and Memberships
- Ware Distinguished Professor in the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences since 2009
- Appointed member of the President’s Council on Youth Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (2015-2018)
- Chair of the Active2015: The WV Physical Activity Plan
- Director of Interventions for the WV Coronary Artery Risk Detection in Appalachian Communities (CARDIAC) Project
- Develops web-delivered instructional modules for school children, and web-delivered teacher resources to provide physical activity opportunities in the elementary classroom
- Physical activity and children
- Childhood obesity
- School-based physical activity interventions
- Physical activity promotion.