VA Healthy Youth Day
The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s fifth annual Virginia Healthy Youth Day celebration was held in Richmond on Jan. 15, 2014, at the University of Richmond's Robins Center.
First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe served as keynote speaker at the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s (VFHY) fifth annual Virginia Healthy Youth Day celebration, which was held at the University of Richmond’s Robins Center. Mrs. McAuliffe spoke to the children about the importance of healthy eating, one of her key initiatives as First Lady. Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Bill Hazel also spoke at the event and introduced Mrs. McAuliffe. About 1,400 children from Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield public schools attended the celebration, which was held jointly with the University of Richmond's Athletic Department.
The event included a U of R Women’s Basketball Atlantic 10 conference game, a career fair, exercising sessions with fitness specialists from the YMCA of Greater Richmond and fun smoking prevention lessons from Mad Science of Central Virginia.
Established by a Virginia General Assembly resolution, Virginia Healthy Youth Day is held every January by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) and promotes healthy lifestyles for Virginia’s children, including eating right, exercising and not using tobacco products. VFHY sought to create Virginia Healthy Youth Day in order to remind children and adults that exercise and healthy eating are important year-round, even when it's cold outside.