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Established in 1999 by the Virginia General Assembly, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) promotes healthy living habits and reduces and prevents youth tobacco use and childhood obesity statewide. VFHY receives no taxpayer funds. Since we began working with youth in 2001, we have helped cut the youth smoking rate in Virginia more than in half! Our initiatives include:
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From an opinion piece by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids President Matthew Myers and former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, published in the New York Times this week:
"As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has pointed out, young people are particularly susceptible to nicotine addiction. Evidence suggests that nicotine exposure may also affect adolescent brain development. Our kids should not be guinea pigs in a rules-free experiment run by the e-cigarette industry."
It’s Time to Regulate E-Cigarettes
Slick ads and flavors are ensnaring young people.
Looking for ways to celebrate Screen-Free Week in your childcare center? Find ideas and lessons in VFHY's free toolkit! Screen-Free Week 2015 starts on Monday May 4!
Less Screen Time | www.vfhy.org
With more electronic entertainment options than ever before, it is harder to get children up and moving. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids ages 8-18 now spend an average 7.5 hours in front of a screen for entertainment each day, 4.5 hours of which are spent watching TV. Children who wa…
Weight of the State 2015
The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and Prevention Connections hosted Virginia's fourth Weight of the State conference on childhood obesity prevention, on April 20-21, 2015, at the Hilton Richmond Hotel in Short Pump. Virginia's 2015 Weight of the State conference showcased the latest approaches in childhood obesity prevention and control. Hundreds of attendees from across the commonwealth gathered to hear national, state and local experts sharing cutting-edge tactics for reducing and preventing obesity, including community-based approaches and policy changes.