Families & Health

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WVU Extension Specialist –
Childhood Obesity Prevention

A state and national leader in childhood obesity prevention, Emily Murphy has nearly 15 years of experience helping children, communities and families get active and healthy.

Murphy holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in exercise physiology from WVU. She served as an Extension specialist with the Family Nutrition Program from 2003 – 2005. She then joined the CARDIAC Project at the WVU School of Medicine where she helped implement and gain funding for new programs, like West Virginia Games for Health.

Murphy’s approach to better understanding and helping to resolve obesity issues is to begin by looking at the barriers unique to West Virginians.

According to Murphy, approximately 60 percent of the state’s adults and more than 40 percent of the children are either overweight or obese. Her goal is to help provide WVU Extension agents and specialists with materials and means to help combat these problems in their own communities.

To contact Emily, e-mail emily.murphy@mail.wvu.edu, or call 304-293-8589.

Related Links

Read Emily Murphy’s quotes in the USA Today article: Video games help schools get kids moving, exercising more