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:
See Our Impact
Check out this month's issue of O the Oprah Magazine for an article about Farmer's Fridge, a Chicago-based company that's making vending machines that serve healthy snacks, salads and fresh produce! Read more about them below:
Startup Brings Fresh Food to Chicago, One Vending Machine at a Time - Modern Farmer
Farmer's Fridge vending machines dispense fresh salads and snacks, not junk food, to hungry Chicagoans at the push of a button.
With VFHY's assistance, Dickenson County and Norton city public schools are now 100 percent tobacco-free! VFHY Southwest Regional Grant Administrator Jenny Martin and the American Lung Association's Billie Murray helped lead the effort. Congrats!!
Two Southwest Virgina school systems prohibit tobacco from campuses
Two Southwest Virginia school systems are now one hundred percent tobacco free.