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5,600 Kids Celebrate Va. Healthy Youth Day Jan. 17

January 17, 2013

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s fourth annual Virginia Healthy Youth Day celebration was held in Richmond on Jan. 17, 2013, at the Richmond Marriott. More than 5,600 children in schools across Virginia celebrated Virginia Healthy Youth Day, which promotes healthy lifestyles for Virginia youth.

First Lady of Virginia Maureen McDonnell was the keynote speaker at the Richmond event. About 450 children from Chesterfield County Public Schools and Richmond Public Schools gathered at theRichmond Marriott to exercise with fitness specialists from the YMCA of Greater Richmond. Mascots from the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Richmond Kickers and Virginia Commonwealth University were on hand to exercise alongside the children. Virginia Healthy Youth Day 2013 at the Richmond Marriott also featured a special performance by Mad Science of Central Virginia! Dignitaries in attendance included Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Bill Hazel. Event sponsors included Martin’s Super Markets, Kaiser Permanente and Bon Secours Movin’ Mania.

More than 20 satellite Virginia Healthy Youth events were held across the Commonwealth on the same day, with more than 5,600 children across Virginia, from Bristol to Fairfax County and the Northern Neck, celebrating Virginia Healthy Youth Day.

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.