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    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.

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


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.


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

Exercise is Medicine

The following is adapted from an article that appeared in the Rutland Herald and Times Argus on July 24, 2016.

by Janis Hall

When you think of health care and medicine, you probably think of doctors, hospitals and drug prescriptions. But there’s growing recognition that patients’ daily activities have a huge potential to support good health. For those who are able, getting outdoors

Kids Play at Boulder Beach State Park in Groton, Vermont.

Kids play at Boulder Beach State Park in Groton.

can be an effective boost. It is very important to get the body moving while

doing activities that reduce stress.

The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports encourages health care professionals to talk with patients about the importance of exercise to prevent and treat chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression and dementia. Janet Franz, representing the council, explained, “There are lots of studies showing that exercise, especially outdoors, has health benefits.”

The Governor’s Council offers the Vermont Parks Prescriptions Program in collaboration with Vermont State Parks. Health-care professionals are provided with pre-printed “prescriptions” for exercise, which are actually free day passes to Vermont state parks. These can be given to patients who will benefit from healthy outdoor activities.

The program is intended to encourage doctors to talk to patients about exercise, and patients cannot get the parks pass prescriptions directly from the council. Practitioners who don’t have the prescriptions may request them from the council at: vermontfitness@vermont.gov.

The council endorses Exercise is Medicine, an initiative by the American College of Sports Medicine focused on encouraging health-care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans for patients. EIM is committed to the concept that physical activity is integral in the prevention and treatment of diseases, and should be regularly assessed as part of all health care.

There are more than 20 Vermont state parks in the southern half of Vermont, including lakes, picnic areas, historical sites and forests. All but two of these are advertised as having universal accessibility, which means the restrooms are fully accessible and some portion of the park is flat and firm enough for wheelchair and walker access. For more details about the parks, see www.vtstateparks.com , or contact parks@vermont.gov or 1-888-409-7579.

Janis Hall is the outreach development coordinator for Senior Solutions–Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont. 60 Plus is a collaboration between Senior Solutions and the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging. Both can be reached by calling the Senior HelpLine at 800-642-5119.



Leaders of Worksite Wellness at the 2016 VT Worksite Wellness Conference

We’re proud to honor Vermont’s outstanding employers with the Most Excellent Worksite Wellness programs

These companies and organizations include:

Worksites with 11 to 50 employees:

  • Hickok & Boardman Financial Planning & HR Intelligence
  • OpenTempo
  • Springfield Area Parent Child Center
  • Trudell Consulting Engineers (TCE)
  • Umbrella
  • United Ways of Vermont
  • Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Worksites with 51 to 150 employees:

  • asicNorth
  • Cathedral Square
  • Chittenden Solid Waste District
  • Choice Strategies, a Division of WageWorks
  • Chroma Technology Corp
  • Co-operative Insurance
  • Engelberth Construction, Inc.
  • Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group
  • Lund
  • Passumpsic Savings Bank
  • Renewable NRG Systems
  • Town of Colchester
  • Vermont Electric Cooperative
  • Vermont Federal Credit Union

Worksites with 151 to 500 employees:

  • A.N. Deringer, Inc.
  • BioTek Instruments Inc.
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice
  • Champlain College
  • City of Rutland
  • Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region
  • Essex Town School District
  • Franklin County Home Health Agency
  • King Arthur Flour
  • Lamoille County Mental Health Services
  • Marathon Health
  • Mascoma Savings Bank
  • Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
  • MyWebGrocer
  • North Country Hospital
  • Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Inc.
  • Northfield Savings Bank
  • The Vermont Country Store
  • United Counseling Service of Bennington County, Inc.
  • Vermont Precision Tools, Inc.
  • Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

Worksites with 501 to 999 employees

  • Brattleboro Retreat
  • City of Burlington
  • Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont
  • Northwestern Medical Center
  • Omya Inc.
  • Porter Medical Center
  • Springfield Medical Care Systems, Inc
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Washington County Mental Health Services

Worksites with 1000+ employees:

  • Central Vermont Medical Center
  • Dealer.com
  • GE Aviation
  • Howard Center
  • MVP Health Care
  • PC Construction Company
  • Rutland Regional Medical Center
  • State of Vermont
  • The University of Vermont Medical Center

Vermont’s 2016 Rising Stars in Worksite Wellness

A Worksite with 1 to 10 employees:  Thrive Center of the Green Mountains

A Worksites with 11 to 50 employees:  Town of Killington

A Worksites with 51 to 150 employees:  HALLAM-ICS

Worksites with 151 to 500 employees:

  • Copley Hospital
  • Hanover Consumer Cooperative

A Worksite with 1000+ employees:  The Orvis Company

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