Winooski Setting an Example
On Tuesday, June 7, Vermont’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Harry Chen, held a press conference introducing a new Vermont health initiative called 3-4-50.
- 3 health behaviors (poor eating habits, lack of physical activity and tobacco use) that lead to
- 4 chronic diseases (pulmonary disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer) which account for over
- 50% deaths in Vermont.
After Dr. Chen introduced the initiative, he asked a few leaders to show support and give examples of how Vermonters are already focusing on health. Ken Page, Executive Director of the Vermont Principal’s Association, spoke on behalf of the educational community. In his remarks he highlighted some of Winooski’s wellness achievements:
“In Winooski Schools, probably the most diverse community in Vermont, they have taken the unique system-wide approach of hiring a full-time school wellness coordinator with local dollars to coordinate activities and to keep wellness at the core of what they do. The SIMS (Spartans in Motion) program gets all students and staff to be active together in daily structured physical activity. Students have a voice in their choice of activities through a student advisory board. And can you imagine this? The entire Winooski staff takes a full in-service day for wellness activities with the full support of their superintendent and board. Talk about setting a positive example!”
We are proud to be a positive example for other school district in Vermont!