I spent most of last week covering the second annual Culture of Wellness Institute for VEHI (Vermont Education Health Initiative). VEHI is the awesome non profit organization that provides the health care plans for all Vermont School Employees (that’s everyone from the school board to the teachers to the bus drivers and the food service folks). And since they have Planned Action Toward Health or PATH (the best wellness program in the state!), they do some really amazing things to keep their members fit and healthy-body, mind and spirit. The Wellness Institute brings together wellness “teams” from the different districts in the state to brainstorm and share ideas that will then, hopefully, help all VEHI members from Bennington to Barton!
Of course, I had a ball photographing all the physical activities during the week, which included everything from paddle board to Chi Walking to kickboxing. But I also loved seeing the creative energy among the participants and how much fun everyone had while working toward a common goal of better health and wellness for all school employees.
Here’s a slideshow recapping this wonderful week in Stratton. The show is in FLASH, so you’ll need to either download a flash browser for your Ipad (try Puffin in the app store. Its Free) or watch the slideshow on a laptop. (Please send all complaints to APPLE CUSTOMER SERVICE).
I’m not sure how this program will continue, once the state starts the single payer health care plan, but I so hope it does. Our kids deserve teachers and school employees who are at their best. PATH‘s Wellness program is a sure fire way to make that happen.