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Virginia

In Virginia, 13% of youth ages 10 to 17 have obesity, giving Virginia a ranking of 35 among the 50 states and D.C. This page includes Virginia data in four areas: the latest data on obesity, diabetes, and hypertension; how federal nutrition policies impact Virginia; health behaviors and outcomes among high school students; and policies enacted by Virginia health and prevent obesity.

Childhood Nutrition Data

National programs and policies can make it easier for children to access healthier foods and beverages. The number of children participating in each of these programs varies from state to state. See participation numbers and rates below, or visit the full interactive feature.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

679,702

Virginia Number of residents participating in in 2020.

75% Percentage of eligible residents participating in 2016.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- Children

323,000

Virginia Number of participating residents who are children in in 2018.

45.4% Percentage of participants who are children in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - White

47.6%

Virginia Percentage of participating households where the head of household is White in in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - African-American

42.60%

Virginia Percentage of participating households where the head of household is African-American in in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Hispanic

2.1%

Virginia Percentage of participating households where the head of household is Hispanic in in 2018.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

75,206

Virginia Number of students participating in in 2019.

Head Start

11,466

Virginia Number of children participating in in 2019.

31% Percentage of eligible children participating in 2019.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

109,469

Virginia Number of residents participating in in 2019.

47.8% Percentage of eligible residents participating in 2016.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

118,336

Virginia Number of students participating, by state in CACFP in 2019.

34,948,180 Total meals served annually in 2019.

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

703,406

Virginia Number of children participating in in 2019.

41.2% Percentage of students eligible for free/reduced-price lunch in 2016-17.

Food Insecurity (CFI)

10%

Virginia Percentage of children who are food insecure in CFI in 2018.

High Schooler Health Data

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) surveys high school students to better understand a variety of health issues and behaviors. This feature includes data related to obesity, nutrition, and physical activity.

Low P.E. Participation
N/A
Physically active at least 60 minutes
22%
High Computer Usage
44.8%
High TV Watching
20.4%
High Soda Consumption
<
16.7%
No Breakfast
18.4%
Low Fruit Consumption
7.2%
Low Vegetable Consumption
N/A

State Policy Data

In addition to federal policies, states have many of their own policies to make it easier for children to grow up healthy. Below is a selection of policies some states have enacted to support health.

Percentage of eligible schools in the state adopting the community eligibility provision

54.5%

State has regulations requiring licensed ECE programs to make drinking water available to children

Yes

State has licensing laws linked to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) standards that automatically update

No

State requires elementary school students to participate in physical education

Yes

State requires high school students to participate in physical education

Yes

State requires middle school students to participate in physical education

Yes

State has statutes or regulations on Safe Routes to School

No

State has adopted a complete streets policy

Yes

State has healthy food financing funding

Yes

State has laws preempting local policies related to nutrition

No