The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports is pleased to announce recipients of 2020 Exercise is Medicine Community Wellness Grants. Funds for the grants are raised by the annual Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race. The 2020 race will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2020 in Montpelier.
The grants are is guided by the principles of Exercise is Medicine (EIM), a global health initiative led by the American College of Sports Medicine. 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.
“With these grants, the council supports community projects that strive to integrate physical activity into Vermonters’ lifestyles and link residents to resources that will slow, stop and reverse the progression of chronic diseases,” said Janet Franz, Chairperson of the Governor’s Council.
In collaboration with Come Alive Outside (CAO), the Rutland Wellness Cooperative is developing and disseminating a new, physical activity passport program for adults in Rutland County. This adult passport program is intended to increase adult engagement in physical activity and will be offered alongside CAO’s well-established elementary student summer passport. This program target small employers who typically do not have the resources to offer worksite wellness programs as well as employees who may not have children in participating schools. Adults in the passport program will have the opportunity to participate in various community events and be physically active outside.
Vermont Adaptive aims to increase opportunities for Vermonters with disabilities and their families and provide easier access to our year-round programs to underserved areas of Vermont. The grant will allow Vermont Adaptive to provide scholarships for multi-day wellness programs that focus on nutrition and physical fitness, activities for veterans and a winter ski festival with the United States Association of Blind Athletes.
The Bristol Recreation Department (BRD) intends to increase access to mountain biking through educational clinics and adventure camps for all ages. A Community Bike Library will also be created to enable those who do not own a mountain bike to participate in BRD camps, clinics and the sport in general.
Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront
Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront (BPRW) plans to expand a park “prescription” program. BPRW collaborates with medical partners to prescribe park passes and has successfully engaged Burlington residents of all ages in physical activity while spending time in nature. BPRW plans to increase the number and diversity of active participants in Park Rx, expand their portfolio of medical partners, and increase their capacity for group activities and contact with patients.
CATMA Greenride Bikeshare
CATMA Greenride Bikeshare will launch a Prescribe-a-Bike program, with the goal of engaging medical providers to prescribe free, one-year memberships to Greenride Bikeshare as part of patient treatment. This community wellness initiative began in 2019 and has been extended into 2020.
Also in 2020, the council will continue to financially support the Vermont Senior Games and to subsidize ski and snowboard lesson packages for Vermont youth.
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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, whose mission is to promote health and wellness through physical activity for all people living in Vermont at all fitness and ability levels.