In September 2017, Richmond was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize, joining just 8 communities selected this year, and 34 other communities across the country to be recognized as leaders in creating opportunities for all residents to live healthier lives.
We are proud to have received the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize, along with seven other communities around the country that are working to improve health. Click Here to learn more.
Health inequality in Richmond is a complicated problem. To improve health for everyone, we need to ask hard questions about history, housing, education, food access, transportation, employment, health care access, and the environment. To address these complex issues, we want to include residents as partners in these conversations, and support residents to become agents of change in their own neighborhoods and families. By coming together as a community we can achieve long-term solutions that really work.
The end goal for Richmond is health equity and a commitment to prioritizing health and opportunity in the policies that govern us, the programs that support us, and the development projects that are changing the landscape of our city.
Richmond won the Culture of Health Prize because we’ve made a good start on this path, but we still have a long way to go before a true Culture of Health exists in our city. The video above documents this point in our journey, and we look forward to sharing updates as we make progress together in the months and years to come.
You can also view Richmond’s in-depth Culture of Health profile on the RWJF website and learn more about the Culture of Health Prize here (include hyperlink titled RWJF Culture of Health).
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September is National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.
Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.
The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters. Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.
September is Fruits and Veggies - More Matters Month
Fruits & Veggies—More Matters is here to help you focus your attention on eating MORE fruits and vegetables! Add one more. Try something new. Educate yourself. Teach the kids. Try a new recipe.
More than 90% of both adults and children do not eat the amount of fruits and vegetables recommended by the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPlate nutrition guide. But just remember two (2) things … fill half your plate with fruits & veggies at every eating occasion (including snacks) AND all forms … fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice … count toward your daily intake!
It's Mosquito Season: Fight The Bite...Prevent Mosquito Borne Disease
Zika and West Nile virus are viral diseases that spread to people through bites of infected mosquitoes. Reducing the numbers of mosquitoes around your home and in the community lowers the risk for mosquito borne illnesses. The most effective and environmentally sound method of reducing the mosquito population is to eliminate the places (stagnant water) where they breed. Richmond residents are encouraged to dump, treat or remove any container on their property that can hold water and allow mosquito larvae to grow.
Learn more about preventing Zika virus at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/zika/.
Don't get bugged by ticks; they carry disease. Visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/tick-borne-disease-prevention-and-control/ for more information.