ARLINGTON, VA – Over 450 youth from across Virginia, including four teens from Arlington gathered on the Virginia Capitol lawn to participate in Virginia Healthy Youth Day, hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY).
Dominique Renee Bridgeforth, Jordan Dixon, Lukai Hatcher and Shaila Washington from the Langston-Brown Teen Afterschool Program, listened to the First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe speak about the importance of good health, exercised on the lawn and participated in the Healthy Kids Walk around Capitol Square.
Virginia Healthy Youth Day was established by a Virginia General Assembly Resolution and is held every January to promote healthy lifestyles for Virginia’s children, including eating right, exercising and not using tobacco products.
“Virginia Healthy Youth Day reminds us that being physically active should be a year-round goal for Virginia’s young people and not limited to just warm summer days,” says VFHY executive director Marty Kilgore.
The Department of Parks and Recreation is continuing the celebration at Lubber Run Community Center with the Kids in Action elementary age participants. The kids will get to chop veggies and use the FitArlington blender bike to make a fresh salsa to eat with reduced fat tortilla chips found in the healthy vending machines.
Arlington County has a number of programs to keep the community active. “Our goal is to create a culture of fitness,” said Walter Tejada, who started the FitArlington initiative in 2007. All of the county’s out of school programs include components to help kids develop healthy lifestyles. From healthy vending machines in County facilities to cooking classes for families to the FitArlington Teen Challenge, there are lots of healthy options.
To learn more about staying active in Arlington, go to https://topics.arlingtonva.us/fitarlington/.