3rd Annual Active RVA Awards

On Tuesday, March 3rd, we honored the newest class of Active RVA Award-winners. To celebrate and highlight the innovative leaders that are working to make our region more active, vibrant, and well, we expanded this year’s program, our third annual Awards, to include two brand new categories and a revised Regional Fitness Scorecard.

And…we spiced up the program a bit!

We had a record number of Active RVA-certified Schools and Workplaces this year, as well as our first-ever certified public high schools. To ramp up the celebration for these Award-winners, the program this year featured a bonafide Red Carpet and the accompanying soundtrack to give our Certified Workplace and School champions a place to strut their stuff on their way up to collect their Award.

With this year’s program, I think we’ve established that the Active RVA Awards ain’t your average business luncheon. Our region’s diverse active living leaders know how to party. The Active RVA Awards gives them the spotlight every year to do just that as well as to set our sites for an even more ambitious agenda in the year to come.

Why just walk to the stage when you can 'wheelbarrow'?! These Active RVA Certified School Winners did just that!

Why just walk to the stage when you can ‘wheelbarrow’?! These Active RVA Certified School Winners did just that!

CBS6′s Greg McQuade had a big job as Emcee with over 100 awards to give out.

The Virginia Capital Trail took home the inaugural Active RVA Infrastructure Award.

The Virginia Capital Trail took home the inaugural Active RVA Infrastructure Award.

Packed house at the Omni Richmond Downtown.

Packed house at the Omni Richmond Downtown.

Richmond Public Schools' Winner get her high fives on the way down the red carpet.

Richmond Public Schools’ Winner gets her high fives on the way down the red carpet.

Greater Richmond Fit 4 Kids took home the inaugural Active RVA Changemaker Award. Executive Director, Mary Dunne Stewart accepts on her team's behalf from Tyler Hutchens, Executive Director of the Sports Backers.

Greater Richmond Fit 4 Kids took home the inaugural Active RVA Changemaker Award. Executive Director, Mary Dunne Stewart accepts on her team’s behalf from Tyler Hutchens, Executive Director of the Sports Backers.

Just won an Active RVA Award? Do your happy dance!

Just won an Active RVA Award? Do your happy dance!

The morning before the Awards Lunch, a panel of local Physical Activity Champions in our area schools worked through some of the winning strategies for ramping up activity for students and school communities. Moderator, Lawson Wijesooriya of the Blue Sky Fund.

The morning before the Awards Lunch, a panel of local Physical Activity Champions in our area schools worked through some of the winning strategies for ramping up activity for students and school communities. Moderator, Lawson Wijesooriya of the Blue Sky Fund.

Dr. Danny Avula of the Richmond City Health District presented the 2015 Active RVA Fitness Scorecard. This year's grade for the region was a C+.

Dr. Danny Avula of the Richmond City Health District presented the 2015 Active RVA Fitness Scorecard. This year’s grade for the region was a C+.

Representatives from Richmond-area schools and workplaces gathered for the morning workshops.

Representatives from Richmond-area schools and workplaces gathered for the morning workshops.

Keynote Speaker, Mark Fenton, a national expert in population-level physical activity infrastructure and policy.

Keynote Speaker, Mark Fenton, a national expert in population-level physical activity infrastructure and policy.

Presenting Sponsor, Cigna, is also a 2015 Active RVA-Certified Workplace.

Presenting Sponsor, Cigna, is also a 2015 Active RVA-Certified Workplace.

The team from Greater Richmond Fit 4 Kids.

The team from Greater Richmond Fit 4 Kids with BOTH of their awards – Active RVA Changemaker and Workplace Certification.