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Scientists and health care professionals have sounded the call: Americans need to embrace healthier lifestyles, or the costs to our quality of life and our health care system will be devastating.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Kaiser Family Foundation, as many as 58 percent of all Virginians are overweight or obese, 23 percent do not exercise on a regular basis, and an estimated 25 percent of Virginians smoke or use other tobacco products.  In fact, obesity in Virginia has jumped 10 percent in just the last decade -- more than any other state in the nation.

Governor Warner sees a role for Virginia government to play in promoting healthy lifestyles in our workplaces, our schools and among families who receive health care through Medicaid. That effort is called "Healthy Virginians."

This site serves as a central clearinghouse for information on the Healthy Virginians program.  With public and private partners from around the state and beyond, Healthy Virginians wants to make YOU the healthiest you can be.


An Apple a Day . . . at the State Fair

Gov. Warner and Lt. Gov. Kaine at the Healthy Virginians State Fair exhibit.

Governor Mark Warner and Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine toss around some freebie apples and visit with schoolchildren at the Healthy Virginians exhibit at the State Fair.  The Department of Education, the Department of Health, the Department of Social Services and the Governor's Office worked together in assembling and staffing the exhibits during the fair's 10-day run.
A Healthy Life is a Better Life