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Healthy Virginians  

Schools Boost Nutrition and Activity
Governor Warner presented Mantua Elementary in Fairfax, Va. with a Gold Governor’s Award for Best Practices in Nutrition and Physical Activity as part of the Healthy Virginians initiative.  Be sure to explore this section for more info on how schools participate and earn points in the Healthy Schools Scorecard program.

Gov. Warner hula hoops with Mantua schoolkids.


Healthy Students

Role of Public Schools   |   Governor's Scorecard   |   School Breakfasts

In the past two decades, the number of overweight children nationwide has nearly doubled, while the number of overweight teens has tripled. In Virginia, more than 1 in 3 people diagnosed as obese each year are children.

Want more disturbing stats?  More than a third of young people in grades 9–12 do not regularly engage in vigorous physical activity. Chronic diseases such as hypertension and Type 2 diabetes, once thought to affect only adults, are now showing up in overweight children. And an overweight child now has a 70% chance of being overweight as an adult.

These frightening trends result from poor nutrition and a lack of regular physical activity.

An Important Role for Public Schools

Governor Warner has launched his Healthy Virginians initiative because schools must play an active role in addressing this epidemic. Creating a healthy school environment, one where learning is supported by good nutrition and increased physical activity, is essential to the success of Virginia’s students.

Healthy Virginians will tackle these issues with two programs aimed at fostering better nutritional and physical environments for students. 

Governor’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard

The Governor's Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard recognizes and rewards schools for encouraging healthy habits. The Web-based Scorecard application allows schools to compete locally and on a statewide level to see which school is healthiest. Points are awarded according to their implementation of best practices, including:

  • Providing a minimum of 30 minutes daily recess that promotes physical activity;
  • Encouraging middle and high school students to design their own individualized exercise plans;
  • Creating school- and community-based Fitness or Nutrition Nights;
  • Allowing only foods which meet minimum nutritional standards to be provided or sold during the school day; and
  • Selling only 100% fruit juice, water, or low-fat milk.

Schools earn points by completing the scorecard and -- if their scores qualify them -- they receive a Gold, Silver, or Bronze award for exemplary health practices.

School Breakfast Funding

Governor Warner wants to see Virginia’s children get their day off to a healthy start. To help ensure this, the Governor would like to expand Virginia's participation in the School Breakfast program.

Healthy Children Can! 2004-2005 Calendar
Just for Teens: 2004-2005  


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