RiseVT works in communities to amplify existing efforts, but also partners on initiatives at the statewide and county level to increase opportunities for Vermonters to get active, eat well, make social connections, and support mental well-being.
RiseVT Statewide Initiatives
Swap out your sweet drinks and reduce your risk of kidney, heart, and liver disease. Get ideas for swapping out sweet drinks on our Sweet Enough page! RiseVT program managers also work in communities to reduce the availability of sugary drinks in the environments where we live, work, learn, and play – including hospitals – making the healthy choice easy to make!
What’s Your Play?
This campaign was first launched in Franklin & Grand Isle Counties, encourages individuals to identify physical activities that are fun for them to inspire more movement. What’s Your Play? utilized the theory of change from pre-contemplation to action, resulting in increased physical activity in Franklin & Grand Isle Counties. The campaign messaging is now used statewide to engage Vermonters in more physical activity.
Studies support the lifelong benefits of family meals. Eating as a family leads to healthier eating, and improves children’s learning and well-being. First launched in Addison County, Dinner Together provides information on the benefits of family meals, recipes, and tips for preparing and implementing a family meal practice.
Rise to 5K
Rise to 5K started as a group in-person 5K training program in Franklin & Grand Isle counties, bringing running groups together to work through a 6 or 10-week training program leading to a 5K race day goal. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rise to 5K went virtual.
Rise & Walk
First launched in Middlebury in 2019, the program went statewide in summer 2020 with a virtual edition in order to practice necessary physical distancing. Typically, Rise & Walk is a group walking program that kicks off each session with a quick talk from a healthcare provider on a range of health topics. In the virtual environment, participants received emails, three times a week for 30-days, with a recorded 5-minute health talk and encouragement to get a walk in for the day.
RiseVT County Initiatives
RiseVT program managers work with local stakeholders and partners to design and implement local initiatives that respond to the unique needs of their communities.
Find highlights of various initiatives around the state in the blog posts below.
Healthy Reading Through Newfane Programming developed from a collaboration between the New Brook Elementary School Library and the Moore Free Library in Newfane Vermont in the...
The Rise to 5K program began in 2018 in Franklin County as a partnership between RiseVT and the Orthopedics and Rehabilitation program at Northwestern Medical Center. The goal of...
Early on in the pandemic, the Windsor County RiseVT team based out of Mt Ascutney Hospital & Health Center could not physically interact with their communities, so they took...
In 2018, RiseVT program manager Robin Katrick first partnered with Come Alive Outside, to host a Come Alive Outside Passport Challenge in Richmond, VT. Come Alive Outside is a...
Rise and Walk Middlebury is a walking program started by Michele Gilbert, RiseVT’s Addison County Program Manager, in partnership with Porter Medical Center. The goal of Rise and...
RiseVT in Windsor County worked with their Planning and Evaluation Workgroup made up of community partners to develop a strategy to increase the healthy options at local food...