P.O. BOX 2120



August 10, 2007



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Governors Healthy Students Summit

September 20, 2007 Richmond Convention Center

Registration Deadline: September 10, 2007


The General Assembly has designated the third week in September 2007, and in each succeeding year, as Healthy Virginians/Healthy Students Week. In observance of the first Healthy Students Week, the Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Health and Human Resources extend an invitation to local school divisions and health districts to participate in the Governors Healthy Students Summit on September 20. The purpose of the Summit is to foster local collaboration between school divisions and health districts to develop action plans that address childhood obesity. The Summit agenda is detailed in Attachment A of this memo.


Summit participants will:

         learn about recent collaborations between public education and public health for the prevention of childhood obesity in various Virginia localities;

         learn how Local Wellness Policies can serve as an important tool to guide the development of childhood obesity prevention efforts;

         learn how the Governors Scorecard for Nutrition and Physical Activity can serve as a significant motivator for the development of childhood obesity prevention efforts; and,

         begin to develop local team action plans to prevent childhood obesity.


Each school division is invited to send a team that could include the superintendent, school principals, school nutrition director, school nurses, health and physical educators, and members of the school health advisory board. Each health district is invited to send a team that could include the director, nurse manager, and appropriate nutrition and health education staff. School divisions and health districts are encouraged to jointly identify appropriate team members and to create and use the same team name when registering. Teams will be seated together.


Registration Information

Advance registration is required. Space is limited. Participants are required to register online at All participants, including those who previously indicated interest in attending, must register online by September 10, 2007. Registrants will be asked to provide a team name, such as school division or locality, during the registration process. Additional information, including directions, parking information and a list of downtown hotels, is provided in Attachment B. There is no registration fee for the Summit. All travel expenses are the responsibility of the participant; local school division or health district funds may be used to pay for travel expenses.


Questions about the Governors Healthy Students Summit may be directed to Joe Hilbert, executive advisor to the commissioner, Virginia Department of Health, at or (804) 864-7006, or Lynne Fellin, acting director of school nutrition programs, at or (804) 225-2074, or Vanessa Wigand, principal specialist for health education, physical education, and driver education, at, or at (804) 225-3300.