Register for the 2016 Active RVA Summit

On March 7, Sports Backers will host the Active RVA Summit presented by VCU Health. The Summit will be held at the Larrick Center at VCU Health and will feature the Active RVA Awards presented by Cigna.

Active RVA Summit 16

The Active RVA Summit will feature programs and sessions geared towards engineering physical activity into schools, workplaces, and communities with industry experts sharing information and best practices on creating active lifestyle opportunities. The Active RVA Awards recognize the 2015-16 Active RVA Certified companies and schools as well and will unveil the 2015 Richmond Region Fitness Scorecard.

Active RVA Awards presented by Cigna for Companies and Schools

Sports Backers have established the Active RVA certification and awards program to recognize the region’s exceptional employers and schools that are implementing innovative programs to promote physical activity. Organizations and schools that are Active RVA Certified serve as role models in the community. All Active RVA Certified companies and schools will be announced at the March 7 Awards Summit. In addition to leaders within our region’s schools and workplaces, there are leaders in nonprofit organizations, in municipal planning offices, at foundations, and in our neighborhoods. Active RVA will again honor these leaders with the Infrastructure Award and Changemaker Award.

Richmond Region Fitness Scorecard

Each year, Sports Backers compiles significant data to determine the “fitness grade” for the region, which will be revealed at the Active RVA Summit. Data points for the fitness grade include:

  • Percent any physical activity or exercise in the last 30 days
  • Percent meeting CDC aerobic activity guidelines
  • Percent meeting both CDC aerobic and strength activity guidelines
  • Percent obese
  • Percent in excellent or very good health
  • Percent with angina or coronary heart disease
  • Percent with diabetes
  • Percent of youth(age 14-19) classified as obese
  • Percent of youth (age 14-19) classified as inactive
  • Percent bicycling or walking to work
  • Miles of paved multi-use trails and bike lanes in the Richmond region

Registration is now available for the March 7 Active RVA Summit for $100. This includes morning and afternoon sessions, followed by the Active RVA Awards presented by Cigna. Entry to the Active RVA Awards ceremony is free for those interested in only attending that portion of the event. To apply for Active RVA Certification or to purchase tickets to the Active RVA Summit, visit


Active RVA Summit and Awards Agenda

Larrick Center at VCU Health

8:30 – 9:00am – Check-In

9:15am - Opening Session

9:30 – 10:30am – Morning Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1 – Active Transportation panel (presented by Capital Region Collaborative)

    • Andy Clarke – Director of Strategy, Toole Design Group (Washington, DC)
    • David Green – CEO, GRTC Transit System
    • Ursula Lemanski, AICP – RTCA Virginia Projects Manager, National Park Service
    • Tiffany Dubinsky (Moderator) – Principal Planner, RRTPO

Breakout 2 – Active Workplace panel

    • Denise M. Heer, M.S. – Employee Wellness Coordinator, City of Richmond (Richmond, VA)
    • Laura M. Moore – Health and Wellness, USA, Allianz Global Assistance (Richmond, VA)
    • Michael Paladino, VCU Health Director of Worker’s Compensation (Richmond, VA)
    • Cindy Ellis (Moderator), ‎Health Promotion Manager at Cigna Healthcare (Richmond, VA)

Breakout 3 – Active Health for Underserved Populations

    • David Cohen – Executive Director, Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc (Boston, MA)
    • Lauren Darensbourg, MPH – Manager, Strategic Partnerships for Minority & Underserved Populations, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (Washington, DC)
    • Dr. Christina Stasiuk – National Medical Director for Health Disparities, Cigna (Philadelphia, PA)
    • Jane Holliday Wilson (Moderator) – Principal, J.H. Wilson & Associates, LLC (Richmond, VA)

10:30 – 10:45am – Break

10:45 – 12:00pm –  Joint Session: Walk the Walk Talks- a Ted Talks style presentation

    • Danny Avula, MD – Acting Director,  Richmond City Health District (Richmond, VA)
    • Andy Boenau – Planning and Design Group Leader, Timmons Group (Richmond, VA)
    • Jon Lugbill – Executive Director, Sports Backers (Richmond, VA)
    • Tom Richards – Director of Corporate Engagement, American Council on Exercise (Annapolis, MD)

12:00 – 12:15pm – Break

12:15 – 1:45pm - Lunch

    • Introduction – Maria Curran, Chief Human Resources Officer, VCU Health
    • Keynote – Mayor Chip Johnson (Hernando, MS)

1:45 – 2:00pm Break

2:00 – 3:00pm – Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1 – Health Equity and Transportation/Design

    • Dr. Maya Rockeymoore – CEO, Global Policy Solutions (Washington, DC)
    • Dr. Brian Smedley – Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity (Washington, DC)
    • Elaine Summerfield (Moderator) – Vice President, Programs, The Community Foundation (Richmond, VA)

Breakout 2 – Active Recreation and Parks

    • Kevin O’Hara – Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs, National Recreation and Parks Association (Ashburn, VA)
    • Marcia Pradines – Division Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System, US Fish and Wildlife Service (Washington, DC)
    • Andy Hofman - Refuge Manager of the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex
    • Marlie Smith (Moderator) – Parks Operations Manager, City of Richmond – DPRCF (Richmond, VA)

Breakout 3 - Active Workplace

    • Elina M. Urli Hodges, MSPH – National Partnerships Senior Manager, Prevention Partners (Chapel Hill, NC)
    • Tom Richards – Director of Corporate Engagement, American Council on Exercise (Annapolis, MD)

Breakout 4 – Active Schools

    • Stephanie Weber – Field Policy Director, Safe Routes to Schools Partnerships (Washington, DC)
    • Tara FitzPatrick – Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Greater Richmond Fit4Kids (Richmond, VA)
    • Mary Dunne Stewart, CEO (Moderator) – Greater Richmond Fit4Kids (Richmond, VA)

3:30pm  - Active RVA Awards