Newsflash: NEW Active RVA Awards Added for 2015

2014 Certified Active RVA SchoolsToday, we announced three important additions to the annual Active RVA Awards program for 2015. We’re excited to share that this year’s Awards program, on March 3rd, 2015, will feature a new morning workshop session and two new awards to honor leadership and innovation for active living in the Richmond Region.

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Today’s Press Release -

3rd Annual Active RVA Awards Expands with New Honors and Programming

New awards and best practices workshops added to catalyze
active living initiatives around the region

RICHMOND, VA – Active RVA announced an expansion of their annual awards program, to be held on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at the Omni Richmond Hotel. The awards honor and celebrate the region’s top innovators in active living initiatives, and this year’s program will be bigger and more comprehensive, featuring two new awards categories and an expanded morning workshop session. The new additions will complement the standing annual recognition of Active RVA-Certified Schools and Workplaces and the release of the 2015 Regional Fitness Scorecard.

Featured for the first time this year will be the Active RVA Infrastructure Award and the Active RVA Changemaker Award. “Public infrastructure is the foundation of an active community, and our roads, sidewalks, parks, and neighborhoods are essential for promoting and fostering an active lifestyle in our region,” said Townley Goldsmith-Ray, Director of Active RVA at the Sports Backers. “The Active RVA Infrastructure Award will celebrate the most effective physical project we’ve seen in the past year to support more active living. Similarly, community organizations that support programs for active living are really at the frontline of this movement,” Goldsmith-Ray said. “The Active RVA Changemaker Award will honor the advocate, coalition, or organization that’s doing the most to change the game around health and physical activity in our region.”

The Active RVA Infrastructure and Changemaker Awards will be selected through a nomination process that goes live today. Active RVA’s Leadership Team, a cross-sector partnership committed to improving the quality of life for all Richmonders through active living, will help to select the winners from among all the nominated projects and changemakers.

Registration for workshops the morning of March 3rd preceding the Awards Luncheon is also now open. Experts in workplace wellness, school-based kinesthetic learning, and community organizing will model proven programs and strategies and illustrate how they can be implemented in schools and workplaces across the Richmond region.

“Active RVA-Certified Schools and Workplaces have been at the core of our work since we started Active RVA. We spend the majority of our waking hours in school and at work. The more we can increase our activity in those settings, the more results we’ll see for our region’s health and quality of life,” Goldsmith-Ray said. “We’ll bring in experts and facilitate sessions to help leaders from the education and business worlds take their wellness and activity programs to the next level. Even if you’re new to all this, the workshops will provide a learning and networking environment so that everyone leaves with concrete next steps to take.”

To improve the quality of life for every Richmonder, Active RVA coordinates diverse leaders and projects to help every corner of the Richmond region get active.

“For over twenty years, the Sports Backers have supported our neighbors to adopt an active lifestyle,” said Jon Lugbill, Executive Director of the Sports Backers. “The impact has been transformational. Every year tens of thousands of people participate in Sports Backers’ events and programs, making physical activity a priority in their lives. We launched Active RVA to build on this momentum and make active living a regional priority. The Active RVA Awards program is a way to put a spotlight on the progress partners are making in encouraging our fellow residents to be part of this active culture.”

School and Workplace Applications for Active RVA Certification are now open and will be accepted through January 30th. The Nominations for the Active RVA Infrastructure and Changemaker Awards will close on the same day. The links to the forms can be found below:

Certified schools and workplaces and award winners will receive one complimentary ticket to the luncheon or discount on the full day program on March 3. All others are invited to register and celebrate the growth of active living in Richmond. Space is limited.