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School Health Initiative

School healthThe Richmond City Health District is devoted to improving the overall health of our youth throughout Richmond by creating and implementing various programs in the Richmond Public Schools. School initiatives are vital for the community and childhood is a critical period in an individual’s life where lifestyle habits are established and carried into adulthood. To improve these lifestyle habits, our programs focus on physical activity, nutrition, community empowerment; grant funding, and evidence-based principles. For more details about the programs offered at the Richmond City Health District, please review the information below: 



95210Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Today’s children are at a higher risk than ever for health problems and life limitations.

Bad eating habits, too much television and computer time, minimal physical activity and sugary drinks are becoming the norm.

To help combat this trend, the Richmond City Health District’s Chronic Disease program has adopted
9-5-2-1-0 for Health! a nationally recognized, evidence-based messaging campaign to encourage healthy eating and active living.

Zumba9-5-2-1-0 for Health! encourages children and their families to get 9 hours of sleep each night, 5 fresh fruits or vegetable servings a day, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour of physical activity every day, and drink 0 sugary drinks. To learn more about how you can bring 9-5-2-1-0 for Health! to your child’s school, please contact




School Health &Wellness Committee

CommitteeTogetherChildren spend approximately 7 hours per day on average at school. One-half of a child's day is spent in the care of their school. The Richmond City Health District’s Chronic Disease program believes that schools can have a great impact on their lifestyle and health habits. We work with PTA’s to build school based Health and Wellness Committees to improve the health of school-aged children. These committees are equipped with the resources and materials needed to encourage students to live healthier lifestyles. We also provide ongoing support and technical assistance to new Health and Wellness Committees in order to promote nutrition and physical activity. To learn more about the Health and Wellness Committees,

Safe Routes to School

SRTSSafe Routes to School (SRTS) is an international effort to create safe and fun opportunities for kids to walk and bike to and from school. The Richmond City Health District in collaboration with Fit4Kids offers assistance to any school that is interested in participating in SRTS activities. For more information regarding SRTS, please contact and view the link provided below:

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Last Updated: 10-19-2015

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