Spring 2020
Physical Activity and Nutrition News

While we are all working from home now, and splitting our time between COVID-19 response and our "regular" work, the physical activity and nutrition work does continue. In January we were chosen to be one of four states to participate in the State Engagement Model (StEM) offered by the National Association for Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD). StEM works to engage partners in action planning and implementation with the goal of increasing physical activity in their state, using a collective impact approach. Our team has been working with a great group from NACDD to begin planning an in-person meeting for late 2020.

At the same time, the CDC rolled out Active People, Healthy Nation , and VDH has joined in that effort (see more below). As we plan the StEM meeting, we will look for ways to promote Active People, Healthy Nation by increasing access to physical activity for all Vermonters, especially those living with disabilities and that are low income.

I hope you are well and safe. 

Sue Kamp
Even during these uncertain times, Vermonters want to be active – alone, with family, or in small groups of trusted friends. The Vermont Department of Health joined Active People, Healthy Nation, a national initiative led by CDC to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027 and reduce the risk of at least 20 chronic diseases. To reach this goal, communities can implement evidence-based strategies to increase physical activity across sectors and settings. See the Active People, Healthy Nation site for evidence based strategies , communications material , and how to join as an individual or family, organization, or community.
Inclusive and Accessible Health Resources about COVID-19

As we slowly reopen our communities and economy, we should be mindful of those in our community that are considered higher risk and ensure that the health needs of people of all abilities are considered and supported.
Beware the COVID-15!

By now, you’ve likely heard the joke about the “Covid 15”- the extra pounds we expect due to our new schedules (and close proximity to our refrigerators). Read more for ideas for healthy eating during this time.
Community Health Worker Survey

Community Health Workers (CHWs) can play an important role in supporting peoples' health in community settings, connect people to services, reduce barriers, and serve as a peer or professional resource for patients. Help VDH and the CHW steering committee learn more about the role these lay health workers are serving in Vermont. If you are (or think you are) a CHW, please take this survey! Thank You!
How We are Staying Active While Staying Home and Staying Safe
I have been walking daily, participating in online yoga classes and gardening. It helps that spring has finally arrived!
--Sue Kamp
I am getting in a lot of dog walks, plus occasional runs and bike rides"
-- Suzanne Kelley
Since being home, I’ve been working on several home projects that have been neglected- today’s project is rescreening the back porch so we can enjoy the sunshine!
-Rebecca O'Reilly
I’m making time to take more short walks and to enjoy springtime in Vermont. It’s wonderful to see how many other people are also getting outside to enjoy the sunshine. I’ve been digging in the dirt to clean up my gardens and am looking forward to some socially distanced hiking with close family and friends in the upcoming weeks. Being active and socially connected may look a little different this summer, but there are a lot of ways to get creative and still enjoy this beautiful state!
--Allie Perline
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Vermont Department of Health, Physical Activity and Nutrition Program, 108 Cherry Street, Suite 203, Burlington, VT 05401