Central Vermont Medical Center broke its own record for employee participation in a wellness event, with 501 employees running or walking the Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race. The hospital, part of The University of Vermont Health Network, annually pays employees’ race entry fees, encourages them to train together in a “Couch to 5K” program and provides commemorative t-shirts to participants. It’s part of the hospital’s larger effort to foster employee wellness through physical fitness, social interaction and community involvement.
The 5-kilometer race is held each May in Montpelier to promote physical fitness within the workplace by bringing employees together to enjoy physical activity. Proceeds support programs of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. This year’s funds will go toward community wellness grants for the development of initiatives that slow, stop, and reverse the progression of chronic diseases in Vermont.
“CVMC cares about the wellbeing of our employees, so we encourage them to be active, to make physical activity a social event and make connections within the community” said Monica Urquhart, CVMC Manager of Employee Relations, Health and Wellness. “We are proud to have CVMC represented in the community. Of course, we also commend the rest of our CVMC Team who stayed back at the hospital to keep the place running!”
To recognize CVMC’s participation, Governor Philip B. Scott, council chair Janet Franz and race volunteer Michael Feulner presented an award plaque to the hospital’s Corporate Cup team in front of the statehouse. Urquhart and Robert Patterson, Vice President of Human Resources and Rehabilitation Services, accepted the award while the CVMC team stood by. The award, named Michael Feulner Award in honor of the longtime co-director of the race, annually honors the worksite with the highest employee participation in the race.
This marks the third consecutive year that CVMC received this award and the 7th year that CVMC has joined the event. Last year, slightly fewer than 500 CVMC employees participated.
Nearly 4,500 participants lined up for the start of the Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race in Montpelier.
“Clearly, CVMC understands the connections between work, lifestyle, relationships and physical activity to an employee’s overall health,” said Franz. “When people feel good both inside and outside the workplace, they are invested in their work and provide superior service. We’re delighted to reward and encourage this effort.”
The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is a physical activity promotion and advocacy group comprised of volunteers appointed by the Governor and representing a broad spectrum of Vermonters. The council’s mission, defined in the legislation passed in 1986, is to promote health and wellness through physical activity for all people living in Vermont at all fitness and ability levels.
Photos, courtesy of The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.