Live Healthy Fairfax

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Susan Sanow
Partnership Program Coordinator, Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax

Live Healthy Fairfax Awards

2023 Live Healthy Fairfax Awards

The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax (PFHF) annually invites nominations for the Live Healthy Fairfax Awards to recognize outstanding examples of policy, system and environmental change strategies supporting healthy practices to improve health and well-being of individuals as addressed in the Partnership’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

Purpose and Benefits

The Live Healthy Fairfax Awards recognizes individuals, businesses, and organizations – both public and private – that have demonstrated exemplary leadership and action to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and populations in the Fairfax Health District. The Fairfax Health District is defined as Fairfax County (including the incorporated towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna), Fairfax City, and the City of Falls Church.

The awards are particularly intended to recognize those who go “above and beyond” – e.g., individuals who volunteer to lead major initiatives, businesses that provide employees and customers with health-related opportunities, or agencies that implement programs or practices supporting healthy choices. Also celebrated are efforts that impact the larger community and that can serve as models for others to follow.

One Live Healthy Fairfax Award will be offered in each of the three categories that align with the current CHIP areas of focus:

  • Behavioral Health: Promoting social and emotional wellness for all.
  • Healthy Eating (Fairfax Food Council): Promoting the accessibility, availability and affordability of healthy eating for all.
  • Healthy Environment and Active Living: Improving the community environment to support active living and good health for all.

Awards will be presented at an upcoming PFHF Meeting. Award recipients will also be recognized on the county website and in the PFHF Newsletter.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nominees can be individuals, businesses, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, government agencies, schools and other educational organizations.
  2. All nominees must be nominated for actions that impact the health of individuals and/or populations in the Fairfax Health District. The Fairfax Health District is defined as Fairfax County (including the incorporated towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna), Fairfax City, and the City of Falls Church.
  3. The achievement must have occurred during the period of eligibility or over a period of years including a portion of the eligibility period. It may be for a specific service, a particular accomplishment, or an accumulation of accomplishments.
  4. Nominees cannot have been awarded a Live Healthy Fairfax Award in the previous five years. Nominees who have previously won an individual award may be included in a group award nomination, however. And those who have been a part of a group award remain eligible for an individual award.

Judging Process and Criteria

Nominations will be forwarded to the appropriate PFHF team:

  • Behavioral Health 
  • Healthy Eating (the Fairfax Food Council)
  • Healthy Environment and Active Living (HEAL)

Each team will review nominations and submit up to three recommended finalists to the PFHF Steering Committee for final selection. The Steering Committee will select no more than one nomination per category to receive Live Healthy Fairfax Award.

Nominations will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • The nominee clearly contributed to the advancement and support of community health in the Fairfax Health District, devoting exceptional time, effort or expertise to a healthy community.
  • The nominee serves as a model for individuals, organizations, businesses, and/or communities to follow.
  • The achievement is tied to a specific goal, objective, or action in the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The achievement does not have to be completed as a part of the CHIP.

Nomination Requirements

  • The nominator must inform the nominee(s) of their nomination.
  • Separate nomination forms must be used for each nomination.
  • Each nomination is a completed Live Healthy Fairfax Nomination Form submitted by the deadline, which includes contact information about the nominee and answers to the following questions:
    • Identify which CHIP 2.0 goal, objective or action is addressed to support a Live Healthy Fairfax Award nomination. A nomination should address at least one CHIP goal, objective or action. Multiple goals, objectives or actions are acceptable.
    • Why do you think the nominee is deserving of Live Healthy Fairfax Award? Identify how the candidate has addressed the judging criteria in support of one of the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax Teams: Behavioral Health, Healthy Eating (Fairfax Food Council) or Healthy Environment and Active Living.
    • Nominators are encouraged to address how the nominee has increased the knowledge of public health (and the social determinants of health), implemented innovative or motivational practices, or impacted community inclusiveness or equity. How is this work sustainable in the community into the future? Please include specific examples.
    • An important aspect of the Live Healthy Fairfax Award is to inspire and teach specific actions, activities, practices, or philosophies for others in the community that are committed to public health. Share one specific “teachable moment” that addresses how the nominee’s work inspires, sustains or impacts the community’s commitment to public health.

Submission Requirements

Nominations should be completed and submitted online by 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 15, 2022.

If you cannot complete the online form, hard copy nominations can be submitted via U.S. Mail, postmarked no later than December 15, 2022. Please email to request a hardcopy form.

2022 Live Healthy Award

Congratulations to the first-ever Live Healthy Award Winners!

  • Behavioral Health – Jenna White
  • Fairfax Food Council – Cory Suter
  • Healthy Environment and Active Living - Sally Smallwood

Read more about these community health champions.


Please contact Susan Sanow, Partnership Program Coordinator, or at 703-246-8856.

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