RICHMOND, VA –On Jan. 15 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 Athletic Department’s Dream Big Day.
The event included a U of R Women’s Basketball Atlantic 10 conference game versus George Mason, marking the first time the two teams played against each other in the conference. Other activities for the children included 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 VFHY and promotes physical fitness, good nutrition and healthy lifestyles for Virginia’s children.
“Virginia Healthy Youth Day reminds us that being physically active should be a year-round goal for Virginia’s young people and not limited to just warm summer days,” says VFHY Executive Director Marty Kilgore.
The University of Richmond’s Dream Big Day stresses the importance of higher-level education and promotes collegiate athletics.
About the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth:
Established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth is responsible for statewide efforts to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use and childhood obesity. Since the Foundation began its work in 2001, high school smoking in Virginia has been cut more than in half and the number of middle school smokers has dropped by more than 70 percent!
The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth directly reaches more than 50,000 children each year through classroom-based prevention programs in public schools, after-school programs, community centers, daycares and prevention programs across the Commonwealth. The Foundation’s award-winning “Y do u think” marketing campaign delivers prevention messages to another 500,000 children annually through TV and radio ads and Internet content.