Did you know that tobacco use and obesity are the two leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States?
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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VFHY childhood obesity prevention grantee Rockingham Memorial Hospital shared some great photos from their Oct. 8 Walk to School Day event at Mountain View Elementary School in Rockingham County. Local fire and police personnel were on hand to help out and ensure safety for the event.
Becky Johnston, Health Promotion Specialist with Sentara RMH Community Health, says that the school has "been in our work plan for longer than other schools because of a tragic accident involving a distracted teenage driver and a pedestrian on a neighboring street. Only until new Principal Karen Thomsen (seen in the background of a walking school bus photo on the left wearing a yellow safety vest) and Assistant Principal Leslie Kapuchuck (pictured to Thomsen's right, also wearing yellow safety vest.) came on board was there great interest in starting walking school buses. They are now talking about making this an ongoing event."
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