This past week, I photographed the annual 2-day wellness conference for VEHI(Vermont Education Health Initiative) VEHI runs the health care plans for all Vermont’s school employees and at this annual event, over 500 wellness leaders come together in either the southern location (the Killington Grand) or the Northern site (Stoweflake Resort) for a day of great information, lots of fun AND to learn more about “BRAINSTORM”, the new PATH adventure, which they will bring back to their schools across the state.
PATH (Planned Action Toward Health) is the awesome amazing company- co-founded by my equally awesome and amazing wife, Gillian Pieper- that has redefined work site wellness with their innovative and dynamic health management programs.
Each year, PATH puts out a new 10-week “adventure”, which is a web-based, self guided journey to some interesting place. It is a kind of virtual world action plan that promotes walking and physical activity, community involvement and team building. The new adventure, ready to roll out Monday morning to 12,700 Vermont school employees, is called BRAINSTORM and it’s my favorite one yet ( ok, I do love them all!) Above, VSBIT health promotions specialist Shevonne Travers and Gillian Pieper channel their inner Wayne and Garth in something they called “Brain’s World.”
To celebrate all things “brainy”, presenters included (photo below, clockwise starting from the top left): Psychology professor Kim Nolan, pleasure and addiction specialist Mike Nerney, BCBSVT health management consultant Tracy Gallo, Vermont master dance teacher Karen Amirault, nutritionist and an owner of the Vermont Country store Gardner Orton, and Plymouth State Univ. physical education professor Lynn Johnson.
Below, Gillian looks at the history of nutrition and social norms regarding fitness. As always, she had her audience giggling throughout the presentation!
The day included lots of both physical and brainy challenges!
Here’s a fun recap of the 2 days, accompanied by a medly of a couple of brain-related showtunes! Enjoy!
And, if you are a Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire school employee and you aren’t involved in this great program, find the PATH coordinator at your school and GET BUSY!! You will be so happy you did!
Party on, Garth!