TCPS FOSTERS HEALTHY BEVERAGE CHOICES WITH NEW HEALTHY COMMUNITIES ACTION TEAM

Tazewell, VA-– Tazewell County Public Schools, Communities in Schools of Southwest Virginia, and the University of Virginia received a grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Together with other Tazewell County-based organizations – Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital, Clinch Valley Medical Center, and the River Health YMCA of Southwest Virginia – they are building a Healthy Community Action Team (HCAT) to reduce risk for childhood obesity in the county’s schools. For this first year, the HCAT will be focusing on making it easier for members of the TCPS community to make healthier beverage choices.

“We are happy to be a partner in this grant opportunity. A healthy body is important at any age and to start developing healthy habits at a young age is vital,” said TCPS Superintendent, Dr. Christopher B. Stacy. Over the Spring, the HCAT will be working with the districts and its middle schools to assess their school health environment in order to identify specific activities for next year. They will also be promoting health behaviors through social media messages.

To learn more about TCPS HCAT, visit the Tazewell County Public Schools social media pages on Facebook (Tazewell County Public Schools) and Twitter (@TCPSchools).