Local Resources

Alexandria Health Department-Respiratory Health & Indoor Air Environments: This site covers the ins and outs of indoor air quality and informs you about what is being done to protect the health of residents living, learning and working in the City of Alexandria. This site aims to provide you with valuable indoor air and respiratory health information and guides you to other useful resources.

Alexandria Community Services Board The Alexandria Community Services Board offer the following education programs for students at Alexandria City Public Schools.A research-based tobacco prevention program for grades K-12, Get Real About Tobacco (GRAT) was designed to change attitudes and norms about tobacco. There are 10-17 lessons, depending upon the grade level. Each lesson is based on reducing one or more risk factors. GRAT is a comprehensive, student-centered, prevention program that includes components for involving parents and the community.
The goals of the curriculum are to:

  • reduce the risk of students using tobacco.
  • encourage students who do use tobacco to quit.
  • help students promote messages against the use of tobacco

Project Towards No Tobacco Use (TNT) is a comprehensive, classroom-based curriculum designed to prevent or reduce tobacco use in youth 10 to 15 years old in grades five through ten. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to describe the course of tobacco-addiction, the consequences of using tobacco, and the prevalence of tobacco use among
peers. TNT is proven effective at helping youth to:

  • Resist tobacco use and advocate no tobacco use
  • Demonstrate effective communication, refusal, and cognitive
  • coping skills
  • Identify how the media and advertisers influence youth to use
  • tobacco products
  • Identify methods for building their own self-esteem
  • Describe strategies for advocating no tobacco use

This comprehensive approach works well for a wide variety of youth who may have different risk factors influencing their tobacco use.

Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) is the American Lung Association’s smoking cessation program designed specifically for teens that want to quit. Through a 10-session curriculum, N-O-T helps high school students stop smoking or cut back on their smoking, which is often the first step to quitting completely. It also teaches young people healthy behaviors such as how to reduce stress, eat better, exercise more, and cope with friends and family who smoke.

Local Motion: Pedestrian and Bicycle Program 

In 2006, the City of Alexandria hired a Pedestrian / Bicycle Program Coordinator to improve Alexandria’s walking and bicycling infrastructure. Some of the efforts include Spin City 2009 and Safe Routes to School program.

The Spin City 2009 effort encourages more bicycle use for transportation and recreation and to receive accreditation as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. At the June 27, 2006 City Council meeting, Mayor Bill Euille signed an Action Plan for Bicycle Friendly Communities. A Bicycle Friendly Community provides:

  • a safe, comfortable, and connected physical environment for bicycling
  • education programs to promote a "Share the Road" ethic
  • promotional initiatives to persuade people to ride or ride more often
  • enforcement of traffic laws for both motorists and bicyclists
  • future plans and evaluation techniques to improve conditions further

Safe Routes to School programs strive to increase the number of children walking and biking to school. The program integrates health, fitness, traffic relief, environmental awareness and safety under one program. A new federal transportation bill includes a $612 millionappropriation for a national Safe Routes to School program, of which Virginia has approximately $13.5 million to support local programs. In Alexandria, a Walk to School Day event on Oct. 4, 2006 helped emphasize the partners’ commitment to providing Safe Routes to School and underscores the City’s intent to submit a grant. Three Alexandria elementary schools, James K. Polk, Charles Barrett and George Mason, and George Washington Middle School participated in International Walk to School Day. Now in its 10th year, Walk to School Day takes place on the first Wednesday of each October. More than three million children from all 50 states and 37 countries participated. For more information, go to:

National Resources

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids: The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its devastating consequences in the United States and around the world. By changing public attitudes and public policies on tobacco, we strive to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.

American Lung Association: Learn how to improve your lung health. Make efforts towards clean air and smokefree living.  

Freedom From Smoking Online: A free smoking cessation program available online by the American Lung Association.

American Cancer Society Hispanic/Latino Communities Cancer Prevention: The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. The Hispanic Partnership Project is a new initiative that supports prevention and health promotion activities, such as cancer screenings, particularly for those cancers that disproportionately affect Hispanic/Latino populations.