Virginia Action for Healthy Kids
Welcome to the Virginia Team
Virginia Action for Healthy Kids is a state team of Action for Healthy Kids, the nation’s leading nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by helping schools become healthier places so that kids learn to eat right and be active every day.
In July 2012, our Virginia team joined teams from the District of Columbia and Maryland to create the DC Regional School Health Network. The mission of the DC Regional School Health Network is to build a communication pathway for professionals, community members, school personnel, and businesses interested in improving and advocating for adolescent obesity, nutrition, physical activity and general wellness and to leverage the group to improve adolescent learning. This collaborative effort allows each member to reach a greater number of students, school staff, and community members, to build upon the success and strengths of each organization and to increase overall awareness of Action for Healthy Kids' efforts, initiatives, and successes.
There are many opportunities to get involved with Action for Healthy Kids in Virginia--from becoming a DC Regional School Health Network member, to attending Action for Healthy Kids’ events, to making a financial contribution--you can help create a safer environment for our kids!
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Healthy School Hero Award
The Healthy School Hero Award is our grassroots volunteer recognition program that recognizes individuals throughout the year for their outstanding volunteerism, dedication and passion in helping schools become healthier places for America’s kids. Healthy School Hero awards are given based on the individual’s exceptional dedication and service towards the vision, mission, and goals of Action for Healthy Kids through volunteer work in their school community.
Nominators and Nominees will receive periodic tips, program ideas, and other news from Action for Healthy Kids to support their continued work with schools and healthy kids.
Nominations will be accepted throughout the year!
DC Regional School Health Members:
Kristina Shelton - Action for Healthy Kids
Karissa McCarthy – DC Greens – DC Farm to School Network
Lisa Sharma Creighton - NEA Health Information Network
Kea McKoy - Healthy Howard, Inc
Amy Wiley - Prince George's County Public Schools
Elizabeth Payne - Fairfax County Public Schools
Janice Arnold – Maryland State Department of Education
Christine A. Narbut - Fairfax County Health Department
Travis Miller - Freeland Organics, Inc
Cathy Demeroto - Maryland Hunger Solutions
Precious Calloway, MPH - Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Hannah Welsh - USDA Agricultural Research Service, Human Study Facility
Sam Ullery - OSSE
Rhonda Richardson - Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition
Alyia Smith-Parker, MPH - D.C. Hunger
Heather Holaday - DCPS