Live Healthy Fairfax

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10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030
Susan Sanow
Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax Project Manager

Live Healthy Fairfax Awards

Nomination period now closed. Congratulations to the 2024 Awardees!

2024 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 intended to recognize sustained and significant contributions that aligned with the goals of the Community Health Improvement Plan with an emphasis on advancing health equity for all. For example, individuals who volunteer to lead major initiatives, businesses that provide employees and customers with health-related opportunities; agencies that implement programs/practices supporting healthy choices; and multisector partnerships with commitments to health equity in our community. We are seeking to spotlight 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.

2024 Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nominees can be individuals, businesses, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, government programs/agencies, and schools or 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 (January 1 – December 20, 2023). It may be for a specific service, a particular accomplishment, or an accumulation of accomplishments. 
  4. The award recognizes those who have provided service(s) as paid employees as well as volunteer commitments.  
  5. Eligible nominees cannot have been awarded a Live Healthy Fairfax Award in the previous five years. After five years, re-nominations of past winners are welcome. Nominees who have previously won an individual award may be included in a group award nomination.  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 establish their own selection process to review nominations. Each team submits up to two recommended finalists to the PFHF Steering Committee for final selection. The Steering Committee will select no more than one nomination per team to receive the 2024 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 (defined as Fairfax County – including the incorporated towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna; Fairfax City; and the City of Falls Church), devoting exceptional time, effort or expertise to a 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 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 must include:
    • Completed Live Healthy Fairfax Nomination Form. The form can be can be filled as an online application or can be completed as a separate document.
    • Completed 4 questions (Maximum response, 1 page per question).  
  • Nominations must be submitted online or in person by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2023. If you are mailing/shipping a form, it must be postmarked/dated no later than December 20, 2023.

Submit a Nomination

Complete and submit nominations online by 4:00 pm on Friday, December 20, 2023.


If you cannot complete the online form, please email to request a copy of the form that you can complete and submit by:

  • Email a completed form to, with the subject line: Live Healthy Fairfax Nomination – [name of nominee].
  • Mail/ship a completed form to the address below.
  • Deliver a completed form in-person to the address below.

Susan Sanow
Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax
Fairfax County Health Department
10777 Main Street, Suite 203
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Award History

The Live Healthy Fairfax Award was first presented in 2022. Winners include:

  • Behavioral Health Team: Jenna White, Fairfax County Council of PTAs liaison to the Fairfax County Trauma-Informed Community Network (2022); Tarika Sethi, OSA Martial Arts-Fairfax City (2023); Rebecca Kiessling, Executive Director, NAMI Northern Virginia (2024)  
  • Fairfax Food Council/Healthy Eating Team: Cory Suter, Suter Innovations LLC and (2022); Stacey Evers, Hands On Harvest (2023); The Farm at Halley Rise, Reston, VA  (2024)
  • Healthy Environment and Active Living Team: Sally Smallwood, Fairfax County Public Schools (2022); Eileen Garnett Civic Space, Laura Baker and Adam Wynn, Project Leads (2024)

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Please contact Susan Sanow, Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax Project Manager, or at 703-246-8856.

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