Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data (YRBS)
The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and the Virginia Department of Health jointly conduct this biennial survey of youth health behaviors in public schools in order to collect information on topics including youth tobacco use, physical activity and nutrition. Virginia’s results are shared with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which collects national data. In addition to reporting this data to the CDC, RCHD will use the 2015 data to inform our Chronic Disease and Adolescent Health Programs.
The Richmond City Health District was awarded a Centers for Disease Control Block Grant to promote healthy eating behaviors in the school lunchroom setting. RCHD provided school nutrition staff with trainings and ongoing technical support to establish Smarter Lunchrooms- a sustainable, research based program that guides students to make smarter and healthier food choices.
RCHD partnered with Greater Richmond Fit 4 Kids, Richmond Public School’s Nutrition Services Department and Farm to School Consultant, Trista Grigsby, to design and implement 4 customized Smarter Lunchroom trainings for approximately 40 school nutrition managers and one-on-one technical assistance to all 28 schools. In addition, RCHD partnered with VCU evaluators, Dr. Melanie Bean and Dr. Jessica LaRose, both childhood obesity specialists to evaluate the intervention.
As part of an obesity prevention initiative, the RCHD is partnering with Richmond Public Schools (RPS) to increase student access to fresh water and discourage consumption of sugar sweetened beverages. Each of the 25 elementary schools in RPS has had a new hydration station, a filtered bottle filling station, installed in the most trafficked area of the school. When the ribbon cutting ceremony happens at the schools with the new filtered systems, a couple of things occur – students receive water bottles and wristbands that encourage the use of the hydration stations, and it reminds them of the importance of water consumption.
The school nutrition managers will offer activities and demonstrations during the lunch period to help educate students about hydration.
For more information on Smarter Lunchrooms and Hydration Stations contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new hydration station looks like this >
Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS)
Safe 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.
RCHD works in partnership with Fit 4 Kids Regional Safe Routes to School Coordinator to develop complimentary infrastructure projects on RPS property or surrounding area. Contact Tara Fitzpatrick at email@example.com and view the link provided below:
Chimborazo Elementary School Walkabout Report
On May 3rd, 2017, stakeholders of Chimborazo Elementary School (CES) gathered to conduct a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) walkabout study of the school and surrounding environs to identify infrastructure, safety and behavioral barriers to students walking and biking to school. The results of that assessment, including additional research and analysis, potential recommendations and next steps, are the contents of this report. Click here for report.