Thanks to our generous supporters we’ve had a tremendous year! In the last 12 months, we launched Game On, Girl!, a new program aimed at increasing physical activity and improving nutrition among adolescent girls. Our Learning Gardens and school Wellness Integration program reached almost 10,000 kids and challenged teachers to make recess and their classrooms more active. We’re proud of those accomplishments and many others, but know we still have work to do to reach as many kids and schools as possible with health and wellness education.
Our kids and community need us to commit to their future by offering every child in our region education that promotes healthy behaviors, encourages movement, and provides daily access to fruits and vegetables. This coming year, Greater Richmond Fit4Kids is increasing the number of kids served by expanding our programs and working to improve physical activity and healthy eating policies that impact kids. We’ll be excited to provide updates on this work throughout the year.
We need your help to create that healthier future for Richmond area children! Consider making a donation to positively impact kids’ health and their future at: http://grfit4kids.org/get-involved/donate/.
On November 10th, many supporters of the mission of Fit4Kids came together for our 3rd Annual Eat & Greet. This event helped to raise awareness and support of our programming and it’s impact. It was a huge success, thanks to our Young Professionals’ Board and enthusiastic guests!
Farm tables decked out with learning garden-inspired centerpieces, laughter and bluegrass music in the air, cafe lights above, and local food and drinks helped to create a fun, inviting, and festive atmosphere at our third annual Eat & Greet fundraiser. This year’s event took place at Urban Roost in Scott’s Addition and highlighted our Wellness Integration program, which aims to infuse a culture of health and wellness in partner schools.
During the evenings’ remarks, guests were asked to get out of their seats and use movement (think arm circles) to answer several Fit4Kids-related trivia questions at their tables to demonstrate the type of learning done in our Wellness Integration schools. Following the activity, Mary Dunne Stewart, Fit4Kids’ CEO, took the stage to share the impact of Fit4Kids’ work on the 10,000 kids served by our programs each year. She also presented Chesterfield County Public Schools with the 2017 Trailblazer Award for being an innovator and pioneer and making a positive, long-term impact in the health and wellness of children in the Richmond region.
The Eat & Greet was hosted by our talented and committed Fit4Kids’ Young Professionals’ Board (special shout out to the event committee!) and would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors helping us to raise over $34K for kids’ programming!
Thank you to our Eat & Greet sponsors; The Harrison Family Foundation, Dominion Energy, The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, VA Premier, Bon Secours, Doug Pick and Jerri Kumery, Harris Williams, Pediatric Associates of Richmond, and KPMG! We also couldn’t do it without in-kind support from Steam Bell Beer Works, Triple Crossing Brewing, Wegmans, The Wine Group, Bizport, Boxwood Garden Club, Lunch | Supper, and Reservoir Distillery. A final thank you to our patron sponsors Commonwealth Strategy Group, Tom and Daisy Byrd, Lauren and Joe Schmitt, Carol and Stephen Bull, Carrie and Matt Coyner, Elizabeth and Matt Mikula, and Dianne and Danny Smith!