“I, Governor Peter Shumlin, proclaim the month of May Physical Fitness and Sports Month in Vermont and I ask everyone to move more every day.”
Montpelier, VT – On May 3, 2016, Governor Peter Shumlin declared May Physical Fitness and Sports Month in Vermont, encouraging Vermonters to be active this spring. Janet Franz, Chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and members of the council joined Shumlin in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office at the State House.
The Governor’s proclamation aligns with the national designation of May as Physical Fitness and Sports Month, an effort by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to raise awareness about the benefits of physical activity.
In Vermont, 61% of adults and 26% of youth are overweight or obese, according to the state Department of Health, which cites lack of physical activity as the reason. More than three quarters (77%) of Vermont’s youth do not participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and 20% of Vermont adults participate in no leisure time physical activity. The department estimates that medical expenses attributable to adult obesity in Vermont total $291 million annually.
The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports promotes health and wellness through physical activity for people of all fitness and ability levels. It encourages mature Vermonters to participate in fitness and sports through the Vermont Senior Games Association, families to be active outdoors with Vermont Parks Prescriptions, and working Vermonters to walk and run with co-workers at the annual Corporate Cup Challenge & State Agency Race on May 12 in Montpelier.
“Physical activity is for everyone. No matter your age, ability or fitness level, you can find activities that fit your lifestyle and lead you to better health,” said Franz. “Everyone can find ways to move more. Together, let’s rise to the challenge and get more active this spring!”
Pictured in photo, left to right: Corey Cenate, Council member; James Pepper, Council member; Governor Peter Shumlin; Janet Franz, Council President; Gary Eley, President of Vermont Senior Games; Dr. David Butsch, Council member; Sue Allen, Governor’sDeputy Chief of Staff.