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You're Invited!

You are invited to Virginia's fifth Weight of the State conference, to be held April 3-4, 2017, in Richmond, Va., at the Hilton Richmond Hotel in Short Pump.

The 2017 Weight of the State conference will highlight Virginia’s efforts to bridge the nutritional divide, showcasing the latest approaches to increasing access to healthy foods, ending childhood hunger and creating healthier communities. National, state and local experts will share cutting-edge tactics for promoting healthy nutrition and closing the hunger gap, including community-based approaches and policy changes.

Join us for two full days of education, inspiration and networking to bridge the nutritional divide and create healthy communities!

This conference has been approved for CHES (entry-level) Category I continuing education contact hours (CECH) by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC).

The Commission on Dietetic Registration has approved 11.5 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) units for Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians.

Conference Goals / Broad Objectives:


and expand local, regional, and state capacity to achieve policy, environmental, and systems change to promote access to healthy foods and nutrition, opportunities for physical activity, and reduce obesity.


and network with peers to share knowledge and best practices and strategies to sustain momentum throughout Virginia to change environments to reduce obesity.


emerging trends in health care, school and after-school programs, research, community collaboration, healthy nutrition, and physical activity to promote healthy lifestyles among Virginia youth.

Who Should Attend?

  • Physicians
  • State and local public health professionals
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Nurses
  • Leaders in state and local education
  • Early childhood and after-school providers
  • State and local policymakers
  • Health advocates
  • Community, business, and faith-based leaders
  • Parks and recreation planners and providers
  • Academic researchers
  • Philanthropic organization leaders
  • YOU!


Prevention Connections Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth


Virginia Department of Education

Optima Health


Barber Martin Agency



Virginia Cooperative Extension

Share Our Strength

Virginia Department of Health

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Action for Healthy Kids

Kaiser Permanente