Virginia has a little something for everyone: beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, rugged terrain through the Appalachian Mountains, close proximity to the nation’s capital and plenty of open space. Aside from the Virginia’s many attractions, the state faces a serious issue: Nearly 30 percent of youth are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.*
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.
Our Work in Virginia
In Virginia, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
Nearly 650 schools serving over 457,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, four Virginia schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.
We’ve also made it easier for more than 25,000 youth in 136 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more through our Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative.
Hear from a school champion from just one of the many schools we work with in Virginia: Lovettsville Elementary School in Loudoun County Public School District, enrolled with the Healthy Schools Program since 2012.