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Vermont Employers Honored for Wellness Programs

On March 27, business leaders at 91 Vermont worksites received awards for their onsite efforts to promote physical fitness and a healthy work-life balance. Governor Peter Shumlin, state health commissioner Harry Chen, and Janet Franz, chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, presented the awards. More than 300 people attended the ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington.

Through the awards, the council acknowledges efforts made to enhance productivity, bolster a healthy environment, and improve the lives of Vermont citizens.

During the ceremony, Governor Shumlin expressed his support for Vermont companies that understand that a fit workforce leads to a stronger community and a robust state. “The worksites we honor here include ski resorts, municipal offices, banks, radio stations, universities, retail stores and more. They are diverse, yet driven by the common goal of improving the health and wellness of their valued employees. Their innovative programs go far in preventing chronic conditions, lowering health care costs, and improving quality of life for all Vermonters.’

Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen congratulated the 91 award winners and took time to stand with them for photographs.  “Evidence reveals many health and economic benefits of worksite wellness,” Chen noted. “Employers that support healthy eating, physical activity, quitting tobacco, breastfeeding, and health screenings improve employee health, enhance productivity, and contribute to healthier families and communities.”

Council chair Janet Franz called the winners to the stage to shake hands with Shumlin and Chen. “Vermont employers have come to understand that physically fit workers are more productive and invested in their careers. Business leaders see the benefits of worksite wellness programs to their bottom line,” said Franz.  This year we honor more worksites than ever before, and the winners are sharing their best practices at the conference.”

Keynote speaker Andy Core, a work/life balance expert and author oft he book,  24 Hours to Accomplishing More & Stressing Less, discussed individual wellbeing as a means to organizational health. Conference workshops engaged participants in building cultures of productivity, fostering motivation and using ergonomic methods to solve physical ailments on the job.


For details on the award-winning worksite wellness programs, download the 2014 WorksiteWellnessBooklet

Here are the honorees, sorted by the number of people employed:

1-10 EMPLOYEES
Circus Smirkus
Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center —SILVER
Town of Waitsfield —SILVER
Village of Derby Center —BRONZE

11-50 Employees
Addison County Solid Waste Management District
Hearthstone Quality Home Heating Products —GOLD STANDARD
Hickok & Boardman Financial Planning and HR Intelligence —GOLD
Morningside House, Inc, dba Morningside Shelter
OpenTempo —BRONZE
Town & Village of Ludlow —SILVER
Town of Castleton —GOLD STANDARD
Town of Charleston —BRONZE
Town of Fair Haven
Town of Killington —SILVER
Town of St. Albans
Trudell Consulting Engineers —GOLD
Vermont Foodbank
Vermont Housing Finance Agency —SILVER
Vermont League of Cities and Towns —SILVER
Windham Southeast Supervisory Union —BRONZE
Youth Services

51-150 Employees
AsicNorth —BRONZE
Choice Strategies, a Division of WageWorks —SILVER
Chroma Technology Corp —SILVER
Hallam-ICS —BRONZE
Hickok & Boardman, Inc. —SILVER
Lund —BRONZE
Northeast Kingdom Community Action, Inc.
Northfield Savings Bank —SILVER
Omya Inc. —SILVER
Renewable NRG Systems —SILVER
RockTenn —BRONZE
Seventh Generation, Inc. —SILVER
Town of Bennington —BRONZE
Town of Colchester —SILVER
Vermont Electric Cooperative —GOLD
Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC —BRONZE
Vermont Public Radio

151 – 500 Employees
A.N. Deringer, Inc. —BRONZE
BioTek Instruments, Inc. —GOLD
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont —GOLD STANDARD
Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice
Champlain College —SILVER
City Market —BRONZE
Counseling Services of Addison County
Engelberth Construction, Inc. —SILVER
Essex Town School District —BRONZE
Franklin County Home Health Agency —SILVER
GE Healthcare —GOLD STANDARD
Grace Cottage Hospital —GOLD
Johnson State College —BRONZE
King Arthur Flour —SILVER
Lamoille County Mental Health Services —SILVER
Lyndon State College —BRONZE
Marathon Health, Inc. —GOLD
Mascoma Savings Bank —BRONZE
North Country Hospital —GOLD
Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Inc. —SILVER
Perrigo Nutritionals
Rutland Mental Health Services —SILVER
Sonnax Industries —SILVER
SymQuest Group, Inc. —BRONZE
The Co-op Food Stores —BRONZE
United Counseling Service of Bennington County —SILVER
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Vermont Mutual Insurance Company —SILVER
Vermont Student Assistance Corp. —GOLD
Wake Robin —BRONZE
Woodstock Inn and Resort —BRONZE

501 – 999 Employees
Burlington International Airport —BRONZE
City of Burlington, Vermont —BRONZE
Dealer.com —GOLD STANDARD
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center —SILVER
National Life Group —SILVER
Northwestern Medical Center —GOLD STANDARD
Norwich University
PC Construction Company —GOLD
Sugarbush Resort
The Vermont Country Store —SILVER
UTC Aerospace Systems —SILVER
Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. —BRONZE

1000+ Employees
Central Vermont Medical Center —SILVER
Chittenden Solid Waste District —BRONZE
Fletcher Allen Health Care —GOLD
GE Aviation —BRONZE
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
HowardCenter
MVP Health Care —SILVER
Price Chopper/Golub Corporation —SILVER
Rutland Regional Medical Center —SILVER
State of Vermont —GOLD

Following are links to download award photos:

Linking Employee Fitness to Better Business

STATEWIDE, Vt. — Employers throughout Vermont are invited to attend the Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference on March 27, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington. Vermont business leaders, human resources professionals, and wellness specialists will share ideas for promoting health and fitness on and off the job.

Governor Peter Shumlin, state health commissioner Harry Chen, and the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports will present awards to nearly 100 employers for their onsite efforts to promote physical fitness and a healthy work-life balance.

“Vermont employers have come to understand that physically fit workers are more productive and invested in their careers. Business leaders see the benefits of worksite wellness programs to their bottom line,” said Janet Franz, chair of the Governor’s Council. “The proof is in the number of Vermont companies with topnotch wellness programs.  This year we will honor more worksites than ever before, and the winners will share their best practices at the conference.”

Keynote speaker Andy Core, a work/life balance expert and author of 24 Hours to Accomplishing More & Stressing Less, will discuss individual wellbeing as a means to organizational health. Concurrent workshops will engage participants in building cultures of productivity, fostering motivation and using ergonomic methods to solve physical ailments on the job.

Employers including Fletcher Allen Health Care, The Vermont Country Store, Engelberth Construction, and BioTek will present their strategies for employee health and wellness. Fitness professionals will demonstrate fitness activities that people can do at work.

New this year: The conference is partnering with Go!Vermont! to encourage ride sharing. A commuter bus will drive conference attendees to and from Montpelier.

The $100 registration fee includes a healthy lunch. Deadline to register is March 26. For more information call 802-863-7270. Register today!

The council’s co-sponsors include Vermont Department of Health, BlueCross and BlueShield of Vermont, MVP Health Care, Northwestern Medical Center, INVEST EAP and Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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Adaptive Ice Hockey, Skiing and Soccer for mobility challenged people

The Northeast Disabled athletic Association (NDAA) offers a range of local and region-wide clinics and programs in Nordic sitskiing, sled hockey, power soccer and wheelchair basketball. For more information contact NDAA at 802-862-NDAA (6322) or visit their website at www.disabledathletics.

NDAA sponsors two of Vermont’s most exciting sports teams, The Vermont Sledcats, and the VT Chargers. The Sledcats are VT’s only sled hockey team and offer children, young adults and adults the opportunity to play hockey.  The Sledcats practice every Sunday at South Burlington’s Cairns Arena in rink #1 from 3:50 PM to 5:20 PM.  They offer all the equipment you will need to have a safe and fun time on the ice.

The Vermont Chargers are Vermont’s first power soccer team. Power soccer is soccer played in a power chair on a basketball court.  The Chargers open practices are offered on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am until noon at the Miller Rec Center on Gosse Court in Burlington.

NDAA also offers a Nordic sitski program with private lessons and rentals throughout the state and offers a sitski clinic on Saturday, February 1st at the Catamount Outdoor Family Recreation Center in Williston. Lesson, rental, trail pass and Starbucks Hot chocolate provided. Space is limited so sign up soon!

Winter Trails Day is for Every Body: Free Adaptive X-C Ski Lessons on Winter Trails Day, a Nordic Ski Day

On January 11, people who rely on wheelchairs to get around will be able to cross-country ski for free at Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton. It’s Winter Trails Day, a Vermont tradition that encourages beginner skiers to enjoy winter in all its glory with free lessons and passes at Nordic and snowshoe resorts. This year’s outreach expands beyond traditional skiers and snowshoers to aspiring athletes working against the odds. Rikert will make three sit-skis available, and NDAA will provide additional equipment, instructors and lessons for athletes with disabilities.

“Accessing the Vermont woods in winter via Nordic trails means so much to me,” said NDAA founder and Nordic sit-skier, Patrick Standen, who is a member of the council. “Being able to share that experience with other Vermonters makes it even more meaningful and it fits in with the mission of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness wonderfully. We are hoping that young Vermonters will try adaptive Nordic skiing, and discover a lifelong, healthy passion.”

A collection of adaptive sit-skis paired with trained instructors will be available at Rikert Nordic Center throughout the day. Space and equipment is limited so reservations are preferred. Please contact NDAA at 802-862-NDAA (6322) or the Rikert Nordic Center at 802-443-2744 for details or to register.

Additional locations will also offer Nordic skiing and snowshoeing free to beginners using traditional, nonadaptive equipment on Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 11. The inventory of snowshoes, skis and lesson space is limited. Contact participating ski areas to verify details and availability, and learn more at snowlink.com. Also, find more Nordic events throughout the season at skivermont.com.

Winter Trails Day is a national program endorsed by Ski Vermont and the Governor’s Council; it encourages children and adults to discover the great fitness and social benefits of these fun, easy-to-learn winter sports. Olympic Nordic skier and Vermonter Andy Newell also supports the Winter Trails initiative.

“It’s beneficial for Vermonters’ health and overall well-being to be physically active year-round and Vermont is a prime winter playground for residents and visitors who aim to learn a snowsport,” Vermont Dept. of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith said. “Also, as a parent and former fitness instructor, I’m delighted that the Council encourages residents of all ages to take advantage of our state’s outdoor opportunities for fun and fitness.”

 

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Lessons Will Get More Vermont Kids Active Outside

Wow, thanks for the great response to Free Ski or Ride Beginner Lessons! The free lessons are filled for this season, but Ski Vermont continues to offer all beginners $29 lift, professional lesson and rentals in January, 2014. Please visit SkiVermont.com/Learn to find more opportunities to learn a snowsport this season.

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