Sports Backers, a Richmond-based nonprofit focused on inspiring an active lifestyle, recently awarded 43 Chesterfield County schools with Active RVA certifications this year. The 40-plus Chesterfield County schools recognized represent the most of any school division in the Richmond-metro area and are five more than were recognized during last school year.
These 43 schools were honored last night at the Active RVA Awards for implementing innovative programs to promote physical activity and for serving as wellness role models for the community. An Active RVA Certified School is an elementary, middle or high school that adopts, supports and engages physical activity as a part of their school’s culture.
“The Active RVA Awards are a great celebration of the work done by many organizations to build and motivate an active community and share best practices on encouraging active lifestyles,” said Jeff McIntyre, director of Active RVA for Sports Backers. “The schools that are Active RVA certified are great examples to others and are dedicated to the health and wellness of their students, teachers and community.”
“Chesterfield County Public Schools is committed to implementing innovative programs that promote physical activity and an active lifestyle for our students,” School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi said. “We encourage our community of learners to make healthy choices and maintain an active lifestyle. These recognized schools are to be commended for their dedication to supporting a healthy lifestyle for our students and their families.”
Active RVA Certified schools support their students, faculty, staff and their families to maximize their health and wellness through regular physical activity. By utilizing programs, infrastructure and measurable results, an Active RVA Certified Schools provides meaningful pathways for the whole school community to get moving and get healthy. In addition to recognizing schools, Sports Backers also recognized employers for promoting physical activity and Chesterfield County Public Schools and Chesterfield County government earned Active RVA certification in that category.
“We know that good habits and healthy lifestyles play an important role in our students’ well-being and their ability to perform well in school,” Superintendent Dr. James Lane said. “We look forward to continuing to implement additional student- and staff-focused wellness initiatives that will provide Team Chesterfield members with more opportunities to experience success.”
These Chesterfield County schools are recognized as an Active RVA Certified School: