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HCAT Initiative

Healthy Communities Action Teams

VFHY grantee Don Bosco Center Youth Apostles of Manassas with children on activity field built by VFHYBecause of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s great success at reducing youth tobacco use and helping youth in Virginia learn to make positive, healthy lifestyle choices, the Virginia General Assembly voted unanimously in 2009 to give VFHY responsibility for preventing and reducing childhood obesity in the Commonwealth.

VFHY provides funding to Healthy Communities Action Teams (HCATs) throughout Virginia to improve access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity to prevent and reduce childhood obesity in the Commonwealth of Virginia. VFHY funding provides infrastructure support to build and sustain state and local capacity to implement promising practices and activities emphasizing policy, systems, and environmental change.

HCAT Members

VFHY Healthy Communities Action Teams consist of a minimum of five representatives from a locality. These partners may include community organizations, schools, policy makers, local growers, physicians, businesses, health departments, faith-based organizations, cooperative extension agencies, afterschool programs and others active in the call for healthier, sustainable lifestyles that prevent and reduce childhood obesity.

HCAT Activities

After-school physical activity program funded by VFHY in ArlingtonHCATs are charged with addressing two areas related to impact and sustainability. First, HCATs work to build community infrastructure to ensure they will have the foundation to select and implement the required changes in their localities. These activities can include board and strategic plan development as well as planning for becoming a nonprofit organization.

Secondly, HCATs also identify opportunities in their communities to address obesity prevention through policy, systems and environmental changes. The community coalitions develop and address nutrition and/or physical activity initiatives. HCATs identify opportunities for policy, systems and environmental changes that promote increased access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity at the local level.

 

Overview

Established in 1999 by the Virginia General Assembly, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) empowers Virginia’s youth to make healthy choices by promoting active, nutritious and tobacco-free living.

Overview

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth issues grants for programs and initiatives to reduce and prevent youth tobacco use and childhood obesity throughout the Commonwealth each year. 

Overview

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth's mission includes reducing and preventing youth tobacco use.

Overview

Obesity is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth works to reduce and prevent childhood obesity by funding and training community-based coalitions.

Overview

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has provided quality regional trainings to prevention professionals throughout the state of Virginia since 2005.