May is Physical Fitness and Sports Month

I, Philip B. Scott, Governor, do hereby proclaim May 2017 as

PHYSICAL FITNESS AND SPORTS MONTH in Vermont.

By executive proclamation, Governor Philip B. Scott named May Physical Fitness and Sports month in Vermont to encourage participation in physical activities.

Proclamation 2017

And this month, more Vermonters are riding bicycles, walking for exercise and participating in yoga classes. The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports distributed $6000 among three groups to develop new initiatives for improving health and fitness.

Community Wellness Grant recipients include:

  • The City of Rutland Recreation and Parks Department, for implementing a Learn-to-Bike lending program. The grant paid for bicycles for adults, children and preschoolers and helps provide lessons for those in the community who would like to learn or re-learn how to ride a bike in a non-threatening environment. The bikes are being used this month for learn-to-ride events in Wallingford, Pittsford, Brandon and Rutland. The department aims to increase the number of bike riders from all age groups.
  • The Community Health Center of Burlington (CHCB), for piloting an exercise and healthy lifestyle educational walking group for patients at high risk for chronic diseases. The 6-week program  provides an opportunity for CHCB patients to form social connections while walking and learning about the benefits and importance of maintaining an exercise routine.
  • The Pride Center of Vermont, for providing trauma-informed yoga classes to LGBTQ community members, many of whom are survivors of violence. The Pride Center hopes to increase the number of LGBTQ individuals who engage in yoga while healing their trauma in a safe space.

“These organizations have potential to positively change the health of Vermonters by encouraging and supporting physical activity. Bicycling, walking and yoga lead to good health. We encourage conversations between community groups and the people they serve about preventing chronic disease prevention through exercise.”

– Janet Franz, chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

The Community Wellness Grants are guided by the principles of Exercise is Medicine (EIM), a global health initiative led by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). EIM is committed to the belief that physical activity plays an integral role in the prevention, treatment and management of chronic diseases and should therefore be considered and promoted as a vital sign of health. EIM not only strives to integrate physical activity into healthcare but also seeks to link patients to community resources with the ultimate goal of implementing interventions that will slow, stop, and reverse the progression of chronic diseases.

The request for proposals and application for 2018 grants will be available on this website starting June 15th

IMG_20170112_112243107New balance bikes purchased with a Community Wellness Grant will help adults and children become confident bicycle-riders.

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