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Childhood Obesity

One-third of Virginians Consume at Least One Sugar-Sweetened Beverage per Day

Statewide survey examines Virginia’s consumption and perception of sugar-sweetened beverages

RICHMOND – A new statewide survey of more than 8,900 Virginia residents found that one in three respondents (33 percent) consumed at least one sugar-sweetened beverage per day during the past week, including more than one-third (35 percent) of 5- to 19-year-olds. The survey also found that many Virginians are unaware of the health impact of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Notice of Intent to Award FY14 Funding for Childhood Obesity Prevention

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth Board of Trustees met on Dec. 3 and announced its intent to award Healthy Communities Action Teams (HCAT) grants to 20 organizations across Virginia. These childhood obesity prevention grants help build and support community coalitions to prevent and reduce childhood obesity on the local level through systems, policy and environmental change.

VFHY hosting 175+ Rev Your Bev Day events on May 15

RICHMOND – You wouldn’t eat 54 cubes of sugar, so why are you drinking them?

That’s how much sugar is in the average 64-ounce soda and kids will get a chance to see that firsthand at any one of the more than 175 Rev Your Bev Day events being hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth on Wednesday May 15 at schools and youth centers across Virginia. The flagship event will be held at the C. Waldo Scott Center for H.O.P.E. in Newport News at 2:30 p.m. on May 15.

Virginians Support Daily Physical Education in Schools

A new survey of more than 15,800 Virginia residents statewide finds that 94 percent of Virginians support requiring at least 30 minutes of daily physical education in elementary and middle schools. According to the survey conducted by Y Street, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s  award-winning teen volunteer group for high school students, 61 percent of respondents also support dedicating up to or more than 5 hours per week to physical education.


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