Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Established by the General Assembly, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth is responsible for statewide efforts to reduce and prevent youth tobacco use and childhood obesity.
The Office on Youth was awarded a three-year grant (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023) to target youth obesity prevention in Orange County as well as a three-year grant award (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024) to target youth tobacco use.
The obesity prevention grant funding allowed the Office on Youth to spear head the creation of the Orange Healthy Community Action Team, which consists of local agencies, organizations, and community members who share a like minded goal to break barriers toward healthy childhoods. More can be learned about the membership and work of the Orange Healthy Community Action Team here.
The tobacco prevention grant funding allowed the Office on Youth to partner with the "truth initiative" to bring the "This is Quitting" program to Orange County youth. "This is Quitting" is a vaping cessation program for youth. Teens and young adults can text VAPEFREEOC to 88709 to receive up to 12 weeks of daily messages and quit assistance. "This is Quitting" is an anonymous text message program and the first-of-its-kind, created in 2019 and already assisting nearly 400,000 youth and young adults, nationwide, on their journey to quit vaping.
The impact of the work of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has been vast for the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. VFHY impact statistics are available here.
For more information on the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, please visit their website: www.vfhy.org.