Masthead header
GCPFS Website bio picture
  • Welcome to the VT Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports!

    Who We Are
    The Governor's Council is a physical activity promotion and advocacy group comprised of approximately 20 volunteers, appointed by the Governor and representing a broad spectrum of Vermonters.

    Our Mission
    To promote health and wellness through physical activity for all people living in Vermont at all fitness and ability levels.

Take the Corporate Cup Challenge – May 14, 2015

Now that spring has sprung, are you and your colleagues ready to take the Corporate Cup Challenge? 

Start_of_RaceRecently ranked one of the top-five best 5Ks in Vermont, this team-based running or walking event is open to businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations throughout Vermont.

Now in its 32nd year, this race takes place in scenic Montpelier, VT. Each year, the race seems to grow in size and enthusiasm, drawing runners and walkers from all over the state.

We need you and your business to help us carry on this wonderful tradition! What’s more, proceeds benefit the programs of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Road Race

May 14, 2015, 6:00 p.m., Statehouse Lawn

For more information or to register, visit www.vcccsar.org

Make Your Workplace a Wellness Place: Attend Vermont’s Annual Worksite Wellness Conference

Time flies and soon it will be my favorite time of year….it’s true, spring is on the way  – but I am talking about the best event of the year in Vermont!

On March 25, 2015, the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports will hold its annual Worksite Wellness Conference at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This year’s  conference features keynote speaker, Dr. Graham Lowe author of “Creating Healthy Organizations,” concurrent sessions on great topics such as Coaching for Success: Transitioning from Workplaces to Well Places; Building a Balanced Workplace: Eat to Beat Stress; How Leaders can Create Well Workplaces,  fitness breaks, exhibits, raffles and much more!

Check out www.grahamlowe.ca to learn more about Dr. Lowe and his work including publications such as The Quality of Work: A People-Centered Agenda (Oxford University Press) and Creating Healthy Organizations (Rotman/UTP Publishing). Dr. Lowe has extensive consulting experience and has given hundreds of talks and workshops on creating higher quality and more productive workplaces. He received the 2004 Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont  continues to proudly sponsor the keynote speaker for an eighth consecutive year and additionally facilitates a workshop  on Worksite Health Coaching in collaboration with the University of Vermont Medical Center, Central Vermont Medical Center and the State of Vermont.

I encourage all worksites large and small to join us (and 400 of your soon to be closest friends) to have a fabulous day and spend time learning and discussing  how to create or recreate an engaging employee health and wellness program at your organization!


Tracy Gallo_3472 (1)Tracy D. Gallo is a health & wellness program consultant at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and serves on the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports.

 

Looking for a Little Extra Motivation to Get Outside this Winter?

The Vermont Senior Games has Three Great Reasons to Bundle Up and Head Outside!

Whether you arrive to compete or be a spectator, come on out to join the fun and fellowship of the Vermont Senior Games Association (VSGA) 2015 Winter Games. Competition is open to anyone at least 50 years old by Dec 31, 2015. Athletes of all skill levels are welcome at all VSGA events.

Don’t let the temperature ever keep you away. VSGA President Don Kjelleren is convinced that, “the colder the weather, the better the fellowship.”

The VSGA 2015 Winter Games schedule includes state championship competitions in snowshoeing, alpine skiing and X-C Nordic skiing. Each event is held in partnership with one of Vermont’s fine ski areas.

The first VSGA winter games were the Snowshoe Races at Smugglers’ Notch Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center in Jeffersonville, Vt. on Sunday, February 8, 2015. This 4K event was in conjunction with the 14th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe Festival.

Alpine Races mark the next VSGA Winter State Championship Event, hosted at Sugarbush Ski Resort in Warren, Vt. on Sunday, March 8, 2015. Race time begins at 10:00 a.m. on the NASTAR course on Lincoln Peak. Each skier will take two runs and the combined time for the two runs is your score. Choose to register for the race and a half day lift ticket, the race and a full day lift ticket or just the race if you already have a ticket.

This year’s VSGA XC Nordic Races are hosted at Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Ski Touring Center in Stowe and will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Race time is 2:00 p.m. and you have the choice of skiing a 5K or 2.5K race.

At each event, medals are awarded for the first three places by gender in five year age-groups (ie. 50-54, 55-59, etc.). The VSGA competitions are all state championship events…win your age group and you win bragging rights for the year!

Advance registration is always recommended but not required for winter games events. For more race details and registration information,  go to the Vermont Senior Games website at www.vermontseniorgames.org and register online or download a printable registration form and mail it in.

The Vermont Senior Games Association is a member of the National Senior Games Association which is part of the United States Olympic Organization. VSGA President Don Kjelleren reminds us that the Senior Games are all about fun, fitness, and fellowship. “If we were a business, we’d say we are in the health, fitness, and well being business, promoting any activities that lead to a healthier lifestyle,” he said. “Throughout the year we plan more than twenty different competitive sporting events to encourage people to exercise regularly, set goals, and come out to compete for the fun and fellowship.”

Think you’d rather try an indoor competition? The VSGA is also hosting billiards and weightlifting events this winter…check out the details on the Vermont Senior Games website.


 

Betsy Terry has been serving as Secretary of the Vermont Senior Games Association since 2010. She volunteers at some of the VSGA events and walks regularly for her personal exercise. In the winter months she loves to snowshoe and downhill ski. By day, she works as the Executive Director of the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association.

Winter Trails Day Welcomes All Newcomers to Snowsports


On January 10, the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports partnered with Rikert Nordic Center, Ski Vermont and the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association (NDAA) to participate in the third annual Winter Trails Adapted Nordic Sitskiing Clinic.

Participants in Winter Trails Day have the opportunity to try Nordic skiing and snowshoeing with free trail passes, equipment rentals and lessons. On any given year, a dozen of Vermont’s Nordic centers participate on the second Saturday in January. NDAA and Rikert volunteers lead the state’s adaptive clinic and this year, seven participants took advantage of this opportunity to experience a great winter time activity. Participants came from Manchester to South Burlington, and judging by the rosy cheeks and wide smiles in Rikert’s cozy ski lodge after the event, fun was had by all!

Winter Trails Day is a national event where people new to snowsports such as Nordic skiing and snowshoeing can try those activities for free. As the Winter Trails website says, the goal is to “help you discover the great fitness and social benefits of these easy to learn winter sports.”


An avid Nordic skier and winter sports fanatic, Patrick Standen is the president and founder of the Northeast Athletic Association and a member of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He also teaches philosophy and medical ethics and is the silver medalist at 2015 Empire State Games Biathlon sitski division. He lives in Burlington, Vt.

Worksite Wellness Conference 2015 – Register Today!

 

Linking Employee Health to Better Business: Worksite Wellness Conference March 25, 2015

BURLINGTON – Employers throughout Vermont are invited to attend the Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference, March 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington.

Vermont business leaders, human resources professionals, and wellness specialists will share ideas for inspiring employees to make healthy choices on and off the job.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD, and the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports will present awards to 92 employers for their efforts to create a culture of wellness at their worksites.

The deadline to register is March 17.

“In Vermont, employers now understand that employees who make healthy lifestyle choices are more productive and invested in their careers. Business leaders see the benefits of promoting wellness on and off the job, because it affects their bottom line,” said Janet Franz, chair of the Governor’s Council. “The proof is in the number of Vermont companies with topnotch wellness programs. The awards and conference highlight the best practices and give employers an opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other.”

Keynote speaker Graham Lowe, PhD, author of the book Creating Healthy Organizations, and president of a workplace consulting and research firm, will discuss what makes a healthy organization, the culture of such organizations, and how to get people engaged in wellness.

Afternoon workshops will dive deeper into a variety of subjects such as group goals, nutrition and physical activity in the workplace, wellness leadership, and workplace gardens.

The $104 registration fee includes a healthy lunch and physical activity breaks.

Media Contact: Vermont Department of Health Communication Office  | 802-863-7281

View full post »

C o u n c i l   F a c e b o o k