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.
VERMONT PHYSICIANS STATEWIDE SHARE A SINGLE PHRASE TO INCREASE VERMONTERS’ WELLNESS
Exercise Is Medicine
New Prescription Pads Recommend Physical Activity as Part of Overall Health Message
MONTPELIER, Vt. – As flu clinics canvas the state with preventative shots this season, The Vermont Governor’s Council has a new program intended to boost wellness for Vermonters – and filling this prescription is free. The Vermont Governor’s Council has equipped the state’s 1,460 practicing physicians and chiropractors with a simple, yet impactful message, “Exercise is Medicine.” The prescription pad includes the message, “Physical Activity = Good Health = Good Medicine,” with a list of statewide and national resources including DisabledAthletics.org, EverybodyWalk.org, EXRX.net, Fitness.gov and MoveforWellBeing.org.
“I meet with patients daily, mostly to help them lose weight and these prescription pads are very useful,” Nancy Schaefer, health coach for the Vermont Blueprint for Health at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, said.
In addition to the prescription pads, physicians and chiropractors received a letter from the Governor’s Council emphasizing the importance of exercise for preventing and treating diseases including obesity, coronary artery disease, depression and anxiety; as well as encouraging that they recommend physical activity to their patients.
“As a natural and warranted extension of the Council’s wellness programs, including worksite wellness and youth and senior initiatives, these prescription notepads make it simple for our state’s medical care community to explain to Vermonters that exercise is medicine,” Dr. David Butsch, general surgeon at The Central Vermont Hospital and veteran Council member, said. “Side effects of physical activity include a stronger immune system, fewer chronic diseases, less aches and pains, and an overall feeling of wellbeing – that makes for happier, healthier Vermonters.”
The next order of business on the Council’s outreach to the medical community includes outfitting all nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants with a supply of Exercise is Medicine notepads.
Registering for the Vermont Bike Challenge is FREE and doesn’t commit you to anything. All it means is that, when your employees sign up for the Challenge and start earning points, those points count for your company too!
The Challenge is a great way to take your riding to the next level, get back in to bicycling, or bike for the first time!
Every kind of riding counts, from commuting to work a couple of times a week to doing a rail trail ride on the weekend with your kids to flying down a singletrack on your mountain bike.
Drawings for great prizes every month — including a grand prize of a free bicycling vacation!
The Vermont Bike Challenge is co-presented by Local Motion, the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition, and the Green Mountain Bicycle Club.
|FAQ for the Vermont Bike Challenge|
Here’s how the Vermont Bike Challenge works:
- The Challenge all happens online, and it’s super-easy to get started! You set up a profile, start logging your miles, and in five minutes, you’re ready to go! The Challenge uses an internationally known workout tracking system called Endomondo.com.
- Every time you get on your bike, you automatically earn twenty points — plus an extra point for every mile you ride! So you don’t have to be a long-distance rider to score high — riding regularly is all it takes. And the more points you earn, the higher your ranking and the better your chance of winning prizes!
- You have two easy options for logging your rides! If you use the smartphone app, all you have to do is hit “start” when you start your ride and “finish” when you’re done — by the time you get back to your computer, the ride will be credited to your profile. If you prefer, you can enter your ride info directly into your own personalized page on the Vermont Bike Challenge site. In either case, it’s quick and easy!
- The website shows how you’re doing in real time! There are leaderboards for individuals, workplaces, communities, and teams — and each of them updates every time someone rides. (There’s even a leaderboard that shows how Vermont as a whole is doing in the National Bike Challenge!) Every point you earn automatically counts not only for you as an individual, but also for your workplace, your community, and any teams you start or join.
- The more points you earn, the more prizes you can win! We’ll be giving out great prizes all summer long, plus special recognition for the people, workplaces, teams, and communities that come out on top.
- Anyone can start or join a team. You can team up with co-workers in your department, friends in your neighborhood, your weekend riding buddies, or people anywhere across the country. Teams top out at 10 members, and the more people you have on your team, the better you’ll do in the rankings — so recruit people and fill up your team!
For more information, please contact Jason Van Driesche at email@example.com.
Congratulations to the 79 employers that received awards!
All worksite wellness efforts deserve praise. Governor Shumlin and Health Commissioner Chen signed certificates recognizing the programs of all 79 applicants.
Each year, as the number of applicants grows and the competition becomes fiercer, we tweak the application and review process to make it more effective. We currently use a point system for objective questions that applicants answer online, and for subjective essays that our team of 20 wellness experts reviews. Worksites are separated by number of employees, so that small offices are compared to other small offices and large organizations face off with others their same size. Points totals determine which of six award levels a worksite receives.
The first level of Award is the Governor’s Recognition. It acknowledges employers who are experiencing rapid growth and interest in the area of health promotion. These companies demonstrate an understanding of health management planning principals. In the interest of time, we ask Governor’s Recognition winners to get their certificate after the ceremony — we have them at the registration table.
The second level of Award is the Governors Rising Star. It recognizes employers who have created programs that encourage employees to take responsibility for their health with regular exercise, nutritious meals and wellness care. They show potential for developing strong wellness programs with measurable results.
The next level of award recognition is the Bronze Award Category. Bronze recipients are implementing creative & successful worksite wellness initiatives. These businesses and organizations have created successful programs that encourage and support their employees in developing a healthy lifestyle. They demonstrate a solid foundation and understanding of key components for future program growth and success.
The next level of recognition is the Silver award. Silver recognizes organizations and businesses that have expanded their wellness programs beyond awareness and education. Silver recipients incorporate supportive policies into their business plan, demonstrate senior level support, dedicate resources to worksite wellness, and concentrate on individual behavior change.
The Gold award recognizes employers that have developed comprehensive, results-oriented health management programs. Their programs are strategic, connected to the employer’s mission, and demonstrate that planning, resource allocation, and outcome measurement are key to successful implementation.
The Gold Standard is our highest level award. It is granted to worksites that have won Gold previously and continue to provide outstanding wellness initiatives based on ongoing assessments of employees’ wellness needs and goals, that engage a significant percentage of employees, with leadership support and measurable results.
THE WINNERS ARE:
Town of Berkshire
Town of Charleston
Village of Derby Center —Gold
Village of Derby Line —Silver
Town of Marshfield —Bronze
Town of Whittingham
Bogner of America
Chittenden Solid Waste District —Gold Standard
City of Vergennes
Hickok & Boardman, Inc.
Hickok & Boardman Group Benefits and Financial Planning —Silver
Northwest Vermont Solid Waste Management District
Rutland Housing Authority
Town of Castleton —Bronze
Town of Killington —Silver
Town of Lyndon —Bronze
Town of Richmond
Vermont Housing Finance Agency
Vermont League of Cities and Towns —Gold
Ben & Jerry’s —Gold Standard
City of Barre
Dwight Asset Management Company —Bronze
Engelberth Construction, Inc. —Silver
Heritage Family Credit Union —Gold
Northeast Kingdon Learning Services, Inc.
Sonnax Industries, Inc. – SILVER
The Richards Group
Town of Rockingham/Village of Bellows Falls
Vermont Gas Systems
Addison Central Supervisory Union
BioTek Instruments, Inc. —Silver
BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont —Gold Standard
Counseling Service of Addison County —Gold
Franklin County Home Health Agency, Inc.
Greater Burlington YMCA —Bronze
Green Mountain Power —Rising Star
HEI / The Equinox Resort & Spa
Husky Injection Molding Systems —Silver
Johnson State College
Lyndon State College SHAPE Facility
Merchants Bank —Bronze
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
New England Federal Credit Union
Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Inc. —Bronze
Northfield Savings Bank
Passumpsic Savings Bank
Plasan North America
Rutland Mental Health Services —Gold Standard
The Vermont Country Store —Gold Standard
Vermont Mutual Insurance Group —Rising Star
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
Central Vermont Public Service —Gold
Chittenden South Supervisory Union
City of Burlington —Gold
Dealer.com —Gold Standard
Goodrich Corporation —Gold Standard
National Life Group —Silver
Northwestern Medical Center —Gold Standard
PC Construction Company
Springfield Medical Care Systems, Inc. —Bronze
Central Vermont Medical Center —Rising Star
Fletcher Allen Health Care —Silver
HowardCenter —Rising Star
MVP Health Care —Gold Standard
Price Chopper/Golub Corporation —Gold
Rutland Regional Medical Center
State of Vermont —Gold
Stratton Mountain Resort —Bronze
Employers throughout Vermont are invited to attend a Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference on March 28, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington. The conference aims to engage business leaders, human resources professionals and wellness specialists in supporting health and wellbeing of Vermonters on the job.
Governor Peter Shumlin, state Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen and the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports will present awards to 79 employers for their programs that support staff access to physical fitness activities and promote good health at work and beyond.
“Vermont employers have come to understand that physically fit workers are more productive and invested in their careers, so it’s in an employer’s best interest to foster a culture of wellness on and off the job,” said Janet Franz, chair of the Governor’s Council. “The awards and conference aim to encourage employers to share great ideas and best practices for promoting health and fitness.”
Keynote speaker Rosie Ward, President of Human Resources Institute, will speak about organizational health as a means to individual wellbeing. Concurrent workshops will engage participants in building cultures of productivity, fostering motivation and using ergonomic methods to solve physical ailments on the job. Representatives from Heritage Family Credit Union, Chittenden Solid Waste District, the Village of Derby Center and BlueCross and BlueShield of Vermont will present their best practices for implementing employee health and wellness programs at their worksites. During wellness breaks, fitness professionals will demonstrate fitness activities that can be done at workstations.
The conference is co-sponsored by the council with Vermont Department of Health, BlueCross and BlueShield of Vermont, MVP Health Care, Northwestern Medical Center, Invest EAP and Fletcher Allen Health Care.
Registration is $100, which includes a healthy lunch. Deadline to register is March 16. No walk-in registration is permitted. To register or more information call 802-863-7270 or go to: http://healthvermont.gov/family/fit/worksitewellness.aspx .