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  • 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.

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.

Win Smith of Sugarbush Recognized as Wellness Leader

 

The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports selected Win Smith, resident of Shelburne and Warren, Vermont, and principal owner and president of Sugarbush Resort, to receive the 2017 Vermont Wellness Leadership award. Smith accepted the award at the Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference on March 23 in Burlington. Lori Smith (no relation), owner of FIS Consulting in Shelburne, presented the award. Lori Smith received the award in 2016.

Win Smith’s continual support and dedication to the wellness initiatives of Sugarbush Resort inspired his employees to nominate him for this award. The nominator wrote:

“The future Win envisions is a vibrant, active community ­–– his community –– taking advantage of this spectacular terrain and the abundance of ways to explore it. At this year’s Safety, Environment & Wellness Day, Win [publicly announced] his personal commitment to his wellness goal. He called for all in attendance to do the same. …Win supports his employees’ health and wellness goals in a number of ways, including personally subsidizing costs to participate in events like the Mad Marathon, Mad Dash 5k/10k and Kelly Brush Ride. … Win’s authenticity and his incredible support and leadership foster loyalty and motivation among employees … his employees are his work force, his neighbors and comrades.”

 
An avid outdoor sports enthusiast, Win Smith skis 100+ days each season, leads hikes throughout the summer and enjoys the golf course. He’s an accomplished equestrian, soccer and rugby player and runner who posted a personal best of 2:47:46 in the 1982 New York City Marathon. His dedication to an active lifestyle inspires Sugarbush employees and community members to live actively, enjoy the region’s resources and live by the Sugarbush slogan to “be better here.” Win and his wife, Lili Ruane have eight children and six grandchildren, three of whom are already passionate skiers in Sugarbush’s Blazer Program.

As a Vermont business owner, Win Smith serves as chair of the Vermont Business Roundtable and is former chair of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 2007, he chaired the Governor’s Commission on the Future of State Parks. He also serves on the board of the Vermont Ski Areas Association and is Vice Chair of the National Ski Areas Association and a member of their Executive Committee.

“Win is a champion for healthy, active lifestyles among his employees and residents of the Mad River Valley region, and he sets a strong example for Vermont business leaders in sustaining a culture of wellbeing,” said Janet Franz, Chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and a resident of Shelburne. “He role models a healthy lifestyle for his employees and customers and, in doing so, he raises the bar for other employers.”

In honor of this award, the council donated $100 to the charity of Win Smith’s choice. He chose the Mad River Valley Community Fund, to provide interim and confidential assistance to residents of the community who need help paying for heat, fuel, food, medical bills, safe living arrangements or a temporary leg-up.

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.

Registration Open for Vermont’s 2017 Worksite Wellness Conference

Registration for the 2017 Worksite Wellness Conference is now open!

The Vermont Department of Health is again partnering with the Governor’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sports to host the annual Worksite Wellness Conference on March 23rd, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington.

The conference brings together over 400 business leaders, human resources professionals, and wellness specialists from across the state to share ideas for inspiriting employees to make healthy choices both on and off the job.

Concurrent workshops in the afternoon will dive deeper into a variety of subjects, including physical activity and nutrition in the workplace, employee engagement, stress reduction, and several other topics.

Register by March 1st to get the early bird rate and take advantage of green commuting opportunities! 

Please email ashwinee.kulkarni@vermont.gov with any questions.

Learn to Ski & Snowboard 2017

Young Vermonters find a new way to love winter in Vermont

What can $20 get you these days? How about a beginner ski or snowboard lesson for a Vermont child, including rentals and a lift ticket?

This past January, the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports sponsored 300 Vermont children with $20 beginner packages to encourage our youth to get sliding this winter and adopt an active lifestyle throughout life. Participants must have beeen under 18, a Vermont resident, and received a downhill ski or snowboard lesson, rental equipment and a beginner lift ticket.

Participating Vermont resorts include:

  • Bolton Valley
  • Bromley Mountain
  • Jay Peak Resort
  • Mount Snow 
  • Smugglers’ Notch Resort
  • Sugarbush Resort

 

Amy Clapp - December 6, 2016 - 2:40 pm

Are you all doing the 5th graders ski pass this year?????

Janet Franz - December 6, 2016 - 7:29 pm

CVMC Praised For Supporting Worksite Wellness

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Hospital CEO Judy Tartaglia (center) receives an award from Mike Feulner (to her right) and Dr. David Butsch (to her left) and James Pepper (second from the right). 

The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Council presented the Michael Feulner Award to Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) on September 20, 2016. Nearly 500 employees of CVMC ran or walked in the Vermont Corporate Cup last May to encourage worksite wellness and raise funds for health and fitness programs in Vermont. The employees – about 200 runners and 300 walkers –  participated in fitness breaks together in the weeks leading up to the event and walked or ran in the race as a team.

The Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race is held annually in Montpelier on the third Thursday in May, in conjunction with National Employees Health and Fitness Day. Proceeds support programs of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. This year’s funds will go toward Exercise Is Medicine community wellness grants for the development of wellness initiatives that slow, stop, and reverse the progression of chronic diseases in Vermont.

The Michael Feulner Award honors the worksite with the highest employee participation in the race. It is named for a former council member and longtime co-director of the race. This year’s runners up for the award included National Life (253 employees participating) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (172 employees participating). A total of 4,231 people ran or walked in the race.

Fuelner presented the award along with council members David Butsch, a physician affiliated with CVMC, and James Pepper, Intergovernmental Affairs Director for Governor Shumlin’s office. A team of 10 CVMC employees accepted the award, including CEO Judy Tartaglia and Vice President of Human Resources, Robert Patterson.

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CVMC’s walkers and runners sported bright orange t-shirts for the race in Montpelier

This marks the 6th year that CVMC has participated in 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 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 Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race is all about employee wellness. Clearly CVMC understands the connections between work, lifestyle, relationships and wellbeing to an employee’s overall health,” said Janet Franz, council chair. “When people feel good both inside and outside the workplace, they are invested in their work and provide superior service. We are 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 of Vermont 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.

Contact: Janet Franz, Council Chair, vermontfitness@vermont.gov, 802-238-8182

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