LAWRENCEVILLE – Throughout the month of November, Rev Your Bev, an initiative of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) supported by its statewide youth-led program Y Street, is celebrating its 10th Rev Your Bev Annual Celebration. Y Street partner schools across the commonwealth are hosting events and leveraging social media to empower their school community and the public to incorporate drinking water into their daily activities.

Research has consistently proven that water is the healthiest beverage choice as it acts as fuel for your body. Since 2013, Rev Your Bev and Y Street have devoted and sustained efforts to spread healthy hydration messages to help individuals make drinking water a habit and improve Virginians' overall health.

Y Street’s partner school, Brunswick High School, hosted their Rev Your Bev tabling event on November 17 during lunch periods with Y Street members engaging their school community in fun activities. During the event, Brunswick students and staff wrote messages of support for increased healthy hydration promotion in Virginia schools and sampled fruit-infused water. Students also earned water bottles and other prizes while learning from their peers about the benefits of drinking water and proper hydration behaviors.

Brunswick sophomore and Y Street member Katrina Royal thought the event was “a good way to really encourage students to drink more water.” Her classmate and fellow Y Street member Samera Blowe noted that she hopes the tabling event and Rev Your Bev campaign “influences adults, teens, and children to drink more water and stay away from unhealthy beverages.”

Brunswick High School’s efforts demonstrate its commitment to promoting healthier lifestyles and creating a healthier learning environment. VFHY Executive Director Marty Kilgore thanks Y Street’s partner schools for their continued advocacy and also shared her comments on the campaign’s longevity and continued success. "VFHY is proud to celebrate 10 years of Rev Your Bev with our Y Street Youth Leaders. This celebration is a testament of their tenacity and commitment to empowering their peers to make healthy choices."

About the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY)

Established in 1999 by the Virginia General Assembly, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth empowers Virginia’s youth to make healthy choices by reducing and preventing youth tobacco and nicotine use, substance use, and childhood obesity.

VFHY takes a comprehensive approach to prevention work that includes reaching about 50,000 children each year through classroom-based prevention programs in public schools, after-school programs, community centers, day cares and prevention programs across the state. VFHY’s award-winning marketing campaigns deliver prevention messaging to more than 500,000 children annually. In addition, VFHY’s research program provides scientific insight on methods to effectively reduce tobacco use. Since 2002, VFHY has funded 40 large research projects at universities throughout Virginia. For more information, visit www.vfhy.org.

About Y Street

Founded in 2004, Y Street is the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s teen volunteer group for high school students. Y Street youth work on obesity, nutrition, and tobacco and nicotine-use prevention campaigns, such as Share The Air and Rev Your Bev, to help promote a healthier Virginia. Y Street members have worked on public health issues with top government officials, including the U.S. Surgeon General and Virginia’s Governor, Attorney General, and First Lady. For more information, visit www.ystreet.org.