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September 2015

STEP 9: Get Involved Through Service

Our community has many needs – serve this month and make a difference.

Making Healthy Strides

  • Give Back: Make your employer aware of 9/11 Day of Service, so they can also be part of the movement. It is a great way to get the business involved with the community through service projects.
  • Go Green: Keep our highways clean when you Adopt-a-Highway. Pick up litter at least two times a year for three years and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) provides trash bags, vests, important safety information, and highway signs that recognize your group.
  • Get Active: Mobilize a team and take to the trails on September 26th for National Public Lands Day! Pick up litter, restore trails or remove invasive plants to preserve our trails. And get a good hike in, too!

Sources: Virginia Department of Transportation, Adopt-a-Highway

9/11 Day of Service


9/11 is now this nation’s largest day of charitable engagement. Last year more than 40 million people observed 9/11 by performing good deeds and engaging in service activities that help others. Supporting 9/11 Day is easy. There are countless ways to make a difference. Here’s how to get started:

  • Visit www.911memorial.org/911-day to get more information and pledge to participate.
  • Begin by helping spread the word about this important observance. Even if you cannot organize your own activities, send around an email reminding your family and friends that 9/11 is a national day of good deeds and service and encourage them to participate on their own.

9/11 Day Observance was launched in 2002 to establish a permanent and positive tribute to the victims of 9/11 and the many that rose in service in response to the attacks. Thanks to national support, this important goal has been achieved. People want to remember and they want to pay tribute through service. So find an inspiring opportunity in your area, and do good deeds!

Source: www.911memorial.org/911-day

Public Safety Serves the Community

Public safety organizations in Fairfax County are very active in ensuring the safety and security of our community. Here are some of the programs available to the public:

Project Lifesaver: Assists families and caregivers of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions and disabilities. Project Lifesaver clients wear a wrist or ankle band that emits a silent tracking signal. When caregivers notify the Sheriff’s Office that a loved one is missing, a search and rescue team comprised of specifically trained sheriff’s deputies responds to the area with state-of-the-art tracking equipment. For more information, visit Fairfax County Sheriff's Office, Project Lifesaver.

Child ID and Fingerprinting: Photo identification with fingerprints gives authorities vital information to help them locate a missing child. The Sheriff's Office will provide you with a FREE photo of your child and a set of his or her fingerprints—using quick, clean, inkless technology. This service is available at events throughout the County. To see the updated list of events, visit Fairfax County Sheriff's Office, FREE Child Identification and Fingerprinting.

Citizen Advisory Committees: Be more involved with the Fairfax County Police Department and provide a valuable service to your community by joining your local FCPD Citizen Advisory Committees (CAC). Meetings are held at your police station each month at 7:30 p.m.. For more information, visit Fairfax County Police Department, Citizen Advisory Committee.

Explorer Post 1742: Law Enforcement Explorer Post 1742 is a youth led, career based program that is sponsored by the Fairfax County Police Department.  Membership in Post 1742 gives today's young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21 the opportunity to learn skills necessary to become tomorrow's leaders. The Explorer Post accepts applications once a year in the autumn. For further information, please visit Fairfax County Police Explorer Post 1742 .

Fire Safety Outreach Programs: Fairfax County Fire & Rescue stations offer a wide variety of community programs, from collecting coats, school supplies and cans for fundraising, to educational seminars and workshops on fire safety topics for all ages. Smoke alarm installation and home inspections are also available. Please call Public Affairs and Life Safety Education at 703-246-3801 or visit Fire and Rescue Outreach.

Fairfax County Volunteering 101

Volunteers for Fairfax County contribute thousands of hours of service annually in more than 30+ program areas and on 85 Boards, Authorities and Commissions. It’s far more than doing a good deed, it's a way to develop skills, learn more about career options, make professional contacts, socialize and, importantly, have an impact on your community. By the numbers, annually 12,000 volunteers give 500,000 hours, which is a $10 million value to our community.
Engaged residents enhance our community life as volunteers, providing one-time or ongoing service:

  • In our parks, libraries, community and senior centers and fire stations
  • Mentoring children and transporting seniors
  • Preparing for and responding to natural disaster and health emergencies
  • Keeping the environment healthy through stream and litter cleanup
  • Supporting democracy through election volunteering

Sound like something you want to do? For more information and a list of current opportunities, visit Fairfax County Volunteering.

Source: Fairfax County Volunteering




Healthy Strides Race, Expo Presented NACo Award

Achievement Award Winner

The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Healthy Strides Community 5k/10k Race and Healthy Strides Expo will receive a 2015 Achievement Award next month at the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition. NACo’s annual awards program is designed to recognize innovative county government programs, and the Healthy Strides event is being honored in the Parks and Recreation category.

Take 12 Steps for Community Health

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Take 12 Steps for Community Health in 2015 Calendar

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12 Months, 12 healthy goals. Don't miss out on this year's great community wellness opportunities in the Fairfax County community! The calendar contains fitness and wellness tips, ways to improve your nutritional habits, and better health ideas for kids, teens and adults. Also, the calendar contains coupons to use throughout the year. STEP UP to better health!

The Take 12 program is free and anyone can participate at any time. This program is designed to:

  • Help you accomplish healthy goals each month, with tips to keep you going for the duration.
  • Give you access to information - free workshops are available each month on different healthy topics and bulletin boards loaded with information are posted at all the RECenters.
  • Provide an opportunity for you to experience fitness and wellness programs offered across Fairfax County.
  • Empower you to make important lifestyle changes... you can do it!
  • Plus, sign-up to receive the monthly e-newsletter, packed with recipes and healthy tips, upcoming events, and opportunities to achieve your Take 12 goals!
2015 Healthy Strides Community 5k/10K, Burke Lake Park, April 25, 2015
2015 Healthy Strides Community Expo, Burke Lake Park, April 25, 2015
Healthy Strides Save the Date 2016 - Community 5K/10K April 23; Expo April 22

We are seeking support from local businesses and organizations for Take 12! Steps for Community Health in 2015. Our participants are the same people your business is looking to attract. Take advantage of this opportunity.



Healthy Workshops and Events are always being added!
Check our events calendar often for great opportunities in the community.

All events are free (unless indicated with a "$") and require advanced registration.
To register, please email Take12@fairfaxcounty.gov.


We are looking for people who have used the Take 12 program and found better health as a result of their participation. We are also looking for any kind of feedback about the program - the calendar, events, workshops, tips, articles - anything that you want to tell us, we're listening! Email us at Take12@fairfaxcounty.gov.


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