Reduce Tobacco Use 2016

August 17, 2015 |

Prevention Connections and the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth are pleased to invite you to the 12th national Reduce Tobacco Use conference to be held April 25-26, 2016.

The national Reduce Tobacco Use Conference will showcase the latest in tobacco-use prevention, reduction, and cessation with youth and young adults. Plan to attend and network with colleagues from around the country at the beautiful Crystal Gateway Marriott, just minutes from Washington, D.C. Come and hear experts present effective strategies for addressing tobacco use with our young people today.

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Weight of the State 2015 Conference

August 6, 2014 |


Prevention Connections and the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth are pleased to invite you to Virginia’s fourth Weight of the State conference on childhood obesity prevention, to be held in Richmond, Va., on April 20-21, 2015, at the Hilton Richmond Hotel in Short Pump.

Virginia’s 2015 Weight of the State conference will showcase the latest approaches in childhood obesity prevention and control. Hundreds of attendees from across the commonwealth will gather to hear national, state and local experts sharing cutting-edge tactics for reducing and preventing obesity, including community-based approaches and policy changes.

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Acting U.S. Surgeon General to speak at Reduce Tobacco Use Conference

Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H.

ARLINGTON- Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 national Reduce Tobacco Use conference, to be held April 10-11 at the Sheraton Pentagon City in Arlington.

Lushniak will speak about the progress made in tobacco prevention since the first U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was released 50 years ago. The conference’s opening remarks will be delivered by Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Bill Hazel.

Other speakers at the conference will include Mitch Zeller, director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products, and Karla Sneegas, Branch Chief, Program Services Branch, for the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During the conference CVS Caremark will also receive a special award for its move to eliminate sales of tobacco products from its 7,600 nationwide pharmacies by Oct. 1.

Hosted by Prevention Connections and the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, the national Reduce Tobacco Use Conference will focus on the latest in tobacco-use prevention and cessation strategies for children, teens and young adults. Topics to be addressed include e-cigarettes, the appeal of flavored tobacco products to young people and reducing tobacco use among LGBT young adults.

More than 400 participants from as far away as Canada and Guam are expected at the conference, including educators, physicians, pediatricians and health professionals. More information can be found at

Supporters of the conference include: the Virginia Department of Health, Legacy, Sentara, American Heart Association, coVita, Fors Marsh Group and Rescue SCG.

About Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak:

Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., is the Acting United States Surgeon General. In this role, Dr. Lushniak articulates the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the Nation. He also oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, comprised of approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our nation. Dr. Lushniak served as Deputy Surgeon General from November 2010 until July 17, 2013, when he assumed the duties of Acting Surgeon General.

A firm believer in leadership by example, RADM Lushniak promotes the core messages of the National Prevention Strategy via his active lifestyle. He is an avid long-distance bicyclist, runner and hiker. In 2012, he scaled the summit of the most heavily-glaciated peak in the United States, Washington’s 14-thousand foot Mount Rainier. He also leads community Surgeon General’s Walks throughout the United States. He resides in Rockville, Md., with his wife, Dr. Patricia Cusumano, and two daughters, Larissa and Stephanie.

About the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth:

Established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth is responsible for statewide efforts to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use and childhood obesity. Since the Foundation began its work in 2001, high school smoking in Virginia has been cut more than in half and the number of middle school smokers has dropped more than 70 percent!

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth directly reaches about 50,000 children each year through classroom-based prevention programs in public schools, after-school programs, community centers, daycares and other youth centers across the state. VFHY’s award-winning marketing campaign delivers prevention messages to more than 450,000 children annually through TV and radio ads and Internet content.

For more information about the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, please visit our website at


First Lady of Va. Celebrates Healthy Youth Day

February 6, 2014 |
First_Lady Dorothy McAuliffe

RICHMOND, VA –On Jan. 15 First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe served as keynote speaker at the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s (VFHY) fifth annual Virginia Healthy Youth Day celebration, which was co-sponsored by Prevention Connections and held at the University of Richmond’s Robins Center. Mrs. McAuliffe spoke to the children about the importance of healthy eating, one of her key initiatives as First Lady. Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Bill Hazel also spoke at the event and introduced Mrs. McAuliffe. About 1,400 children from Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield public schools attended the celebration, which was held jointly with the University of Richmond Athletic Department’s Dream Big Day.

The event included a U of R Women’s Basketball Atlantic 10 conference game versus George Mason, marking the first time the two teams played against each other in the conference. Other activities for the children included a career fair, exercising sessions with fitness specialists from the YMCA of Greater Richmond and fun smoking prevention lessons from Mad Science of Central Virginia.

Established by a Virginia General Assembly resolution, Virginia Healthy Youth Day is held every January by VFHY and promotes physical fitness, good nutrition and healthy lifestyles for Virginia’s children.

“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 University of Richmond’s Dream Big Day stresses the importance of higher-level education and promotes collegiate athletics.

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