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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Schools and Community Youth Groups: Apply before Aug. 31 at http://www.YStreet.org/grants for a $2,000 grant and become an official Y Street group!
Y Street is the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s award-winning teen volunteer initiative for high school students.The Y Street Grant program was launched in 2008 to recruit youth throughout Virginia to work on health related projects within their communities
Grant recipients receive up to $2,000 while simultaneously tackling important issues related to tobacco and childhood obesity. School-based and community-based organizations located in Virginia that work with high school teens are encouraged to apply to become part of this statewide movement. Please feel free to share this with all those you think may benefit!
Many parents think their obese kids are "very healthy"
Study looks at how many parents don't recognize potentially serious health consequences of childhood obesity and fail to do anything about it
Applications are due Sept. 17 for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 2015 Culture of Health Prize, which is awarded annually to honor outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their accomplishments celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country.
2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize
The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates U.S. communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better health.