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A Statewide Plan Engaging Individuals, Organizations, Communities, Government & Industry.
Vermont's Obesity Prevention Plan provides a framework for increasing physical activity and improving nutrition across multiple areas. It includes actions to be taken by government, social service and health agencies, communities, work sites, schools, early childcare programs, families and individuals.
Obesity Plan Target Areas
The Obesity Prevention Plan specifies actions and provides resources for each target area:
- Healthy Communities
- Early Childcare
- Government and Partner Organizations
- Health Care
- Healthy Retailers
- Individuals and Families
Breastfeeding will be the norm for infant, and part of a baby's healthy diet for a year or longer.
- Breastfeeding practices and policies that support breastfeeding will be implemented by health care providers and insurers.
- Vermont hospitals will adopt maternity care practices to become "baby friendly" hospitals in support of breastfeeding.
- Employers will provide employee benefits and services that support breastfeeding families.
- Peer counseling programs to support breastfeeding mothers will be increased.
Vermonters will live in communities that support healthy eating and physical activity.
- Planning projects include comprehensive plans. Zoning and subdivision ordinances will include ways to increase accessibility and availability of opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.
- Cities and towns will have an organized physical activity program that is accessible to all community members.
- Community organizations including faith-based, non-profits and social clubs will support members in increasing healthy behaviors.
Healthy community design means planning and designing communities to make it easier for people to live healthy lives. Researchers and community members recognize that an environment that supports active living, and expands access to healthy and affordable foods, is essential for good health. Healthy community design changes the physical environment, community infrastructure and local policy to create such an environment.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's (CDC) Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity describes a range of strategies that communities can use to support physical activity and healthy eating.
Of these, the following four are most relevant for Vermont’s population, rural character and framework for local planning:
- Concentrated Mixed Use Development
- Bicycle- and Pedestrian- Friendly Communities
- Parks, Recreation Facilities and Open Space
- Fresh and Healthy Food
Healthy Community Design Resource
This resource guide is for health professionals, planners, and anyone seeking to make their community a place that supports active living and healthy eating. Use the information, tools and resources in this guide to successfully navigate the worlds of land use planning and public health.
Get the Healthy Community Design Resource
- Active Living & Healthy Eating [Full document 64 pgs]
- Contents, Introduction, Vermont Prevention Model
- Chapter 1: Healthy Community Design
- Chapter 2: Vermont’s Land Use Planning Process
- Chapter 3: Steps to Creating Healthy Communities
- Chapter 4: Action Strategies
- Assessment Tools for Healthy Community Design
- Policy and Environmental Changes to Promote Active Living and Healthy Eating
- Healthy Community Design Trainings
This series of training sessions included discussion of the work underway to engage community and public health advocates in decision making, the efforts to increase physical activity and create access to healthy foods, and the connections between public health and land use planning.
- Healthy Community Design Action Institute
Presentations from the July 2014 Action Institute sessions
- Building Community Health with Sticky Design - Planning and public health expert, Mark Fenton on the importance of creating places where people can be physically active and access healthy food, and why “sticky” strategies - those that last beyond the course of grant funding – must be implemented
- Community Building through Form Based Code - Newport City planner and consultant Paul Dreher about how Form Based Code can be an effective tool to creating healthy communities
Streets should safely accommodate all transportation system users, regardless of age, ability, or their preferred mode of transportation, including walking, biking, driving, or the use of transit.
Vermont is taking action to turn these principles into policy. The Complete Streets law supports the state's' goal of increasing the number of Vermonters who engage in regular physical activity, by creating communities where walking and bicycling are made safe and accessible.
The Complete Streets guide and accompanying presentation, were developed to assist towns with understanding the law and providing examples of how Complete Streets can be applied in Vermont communities.
- Presentation Slides [ 11MB, 75 pgs ]
- Searchable List of Local Physical Activity Resources
- Vermont Recreation and Parks Association
- Vermont Planning Information Center (VPIC)
- Coordinated Healthy Activity, Motivation & Prevention Programs (CHAMPPS)
Grants that fund comprehensive community health and wellness projects.
- Recreational Facilities Grant Program
The program is open to municipalities and non-profit organizations that provide services to youth or adults in either an individual community or recognized community service area. For more information contact the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services.
- Licensed early childcare providers will have a nutrition and physical activity policy.
- Licensed early childcare providers will implement programs or services based on their written policy.
- Licensed early childcare providers will have the skills necessary to provide a healthy nutrition and physical activity environment for children.
Agencies and organization will make formal agreements to collaborate and provide leadership, active involvement and commitment to meet the Fit & Healthy Vermonters objectives.
- Vermont Department of Education
- Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
- Vermont Agency of Transportation
Vermonters will be served by a health care system that invests in and recognizes quality.
- Quality improvement measures will include evidence-based assessments and interventions to reduce the proportion of people who are overweight or obese.
- Primary care providers (pediatrics, family practice and internal medicine) and related health care professionals will routinely measure and record Body Mass Index (BMI) and provide counseling and/or referral for patients.
Healthier Weight Provider Toolkits
The Promoting Healthier Weight in Pediatrics toolkit and its companion toolkit for Adult Primary Care are designed to provide guidance to pediatric primary care providers in the prevention and treatment of obesity.
Vermont has an exciting opportunity to improve the overall health of Vermonters!
The Healthy Retailers initiative focuses on three key areas: tobacco, alcohol, and healthy foods. Whether it’s reducing tobacco and alcohol advertising in stores or promoting healthier food options, community members are working with independent retailers to make small changes that have a big impact.
Community members are partnering with local retailers to create solutions that benefit everyone: the retailers, their customers and the larger community. See our report of community member surveys and store audits that shows strong support for the initiative.
The Vermont Department of Health offers a number of resources and tools to help community members and retailers to successfully make the small changes that will have a big impact:
For more information: Contact your local district health office.
Individuals and families will be fully informed and have the skills to manage their health to prevent obesity and related chronic diseases.
- Individuals and families will receive information and tools that increase knowledge and skills for heathy eating and physical activity.
- Individuals and families will have access to programs on physical activity, healthy eating, cooking or shopping.
- Programs will be available to individuals and families at low or no cost and free of barriers to participation such as childcare and transportation services.
All Vermont schools will:
- have a nutrition and physical activity policy in place.
- implement programs or services based on their written policy.
- collaborate with local partners to increase opportunities for nutrition education and physical activity.
- Vermont Nutrition and Fitness Policy Guidelines
- School Wellness Policy Implementation Guide
- Coordinated School Health
- Fit and Healthy Kids
- School Health and Wellness fact sheet
- Childhood Obesity fact sheet
- Youth Overweight and Nutrition - County Breakdown
- Competitive Foods in Schools
Employers will have policies in place to promote healthy behaviors.
Employers will offer physical activity and nutrition programs that support healthy behaviors among employees.
- Worksite Wellness Program and Resource Guide
- Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Project
- Quit@Work- help employees quit smoking
- Worksite Wellness fact sheet (pdf)