Physical Activity and Nutrition News

Fall 2023


Fall is a time for reconnecting after a summer of activities near and far. We are celebrating fall, and also celebrating the return of the Physical Activity and Nutrition News. After a long hiatus due to the Health Department's COVID response which involved our entire team, and then several months of settling back in, we are excited to bring the News back. Thanks to all of you that responded to the survey about this newsletter. It clearly has been missed and we are excited to bring it back, and update you on the changes in our team and our approach to our work.

The Physical Activity and Nutrition team welcomed Stephanie Bergen, Registered Dietician in January of this year. Steph will be bringing back the Worksite Wellness Conference (see related article below) as well as work on institutional food guidelines and nutrition security in Vermont. We have also welcomed the Diabetes team to our group. With the Diabetes team comes My Healthy VT, the platform that offers self management programs throughout Vermont, including the Diabetes Prevention Program.

We look forward to being in touch quarterly. Enjoy this new issue and be in touch if you have any suggestions.

Sue Kamp

Registration Now Open for the 2023 Worksite Wellness Awards and Conference: October 24, 2023

Join us! We are thrilled to reintroduce our in-person Worksite Wellness Awards and Conference. Our one-day conference, to be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Burlington, provides a valuable opportunity to network with other professionals from around the state, hear about best practices in worksite wellness, and learn about innovative services and resources that benefit their businesses.

The registration deadline is September 30th

Register Now!

Small Towns Healthy Places Podcast

Healthy communities require safe streets and sidewalks, inclusive gathering places and green spaces for everyone to enjoy, and easy access to medical services and fresh food. These things can be challenging for residents in small towns and rural communities.

Suzanne Kelley from the VT Department of Health and Richard Amore from the VT Department of Housing and Community Development are co-hosting a podcast, Small Towns, Healthy Places, where they explore the intersection between health equity and community design in Vermont. They interview Vermont state partners, local leaders, and community members about how they have created vibrant places that center equity and support health and wellness. If you’re passionate about public health, improving the built environment, or placemaking, check out this podcast here or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Health Equity News

While the Physical Activity and Nutrition Newsletter was on hiatus, the VT Department of Health formed the Office of Health Equity Integration, along with a network of Health Equity Leads and Liaisons embedded throughout various offices and divisions at the Vermont Department of Health (VDH). Read on for more information.

Let's Digest: Food and Nutrition Vocabulary

We are starting a new blog called Let's Digest. Each issue will have information to help unpack the swirl of terms and ideas related to nutrition and physical activity that we see each day. Enjoy!

Read Let's Digest

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