Physical Activity & Nutrition

Farmers' Market stall with greens and radishes

healthyinaSNAP.org website

healthyinaSNAP.org
Your kids learn from watching you, so set a good example by eating fruits & veggies. It's easier than you think!

While Vermont usually ranks better than other states obesity and overweight, rates have gone up over the past several years. People who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. 

There are many reasons people become overweight or obese – but these conditions are best prevented by:

  • Eating healthy foods. People of all ages should eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day, limiting fat, sugar and salt.
  • Being physically active. Adults should have at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity such as brisk walking every day. Youth should have at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical every day.

To see how we're doing in Vermont: Physical Activity, Nutrition & Weight Performance Scorecard

3-4-50 and our work with partners

Lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating are two of the 3 behaviors (tobacco use is the third) that lead to 4 diseases (cancer, heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, lung disease) that cause more than 50% of deaths in Vermont. Learn out more about 3-4-50

  • We work with partners across the state to share recommendations and strategies for healthy eating and active living wherever Vermonters live, work, learn and play.
  • We promote evidence-based programs and actions such as creating healthy communities that provide lots of opportunities to walk and bike, and plentiful access to healthy foods.
  • We also help small worksites create worksite wellness programs for their employees, and work with schools and child care programs to help them provide healthy food and opportunities for physical activity.

In This Section

Being at a healthy weight can help lower your chances of developing chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

Schools share the responsibility with families and communities to provide students with healthy environments that foster regular opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. 

Worksite wellness initiatives help adults lead healthy lives – reducing their risk for disease, supporting emotional and mental health, and boosting productivity.

Healthy community design means planning and designing communities that supports active living and healthy eating, making it easier for people to live healthy lives.

The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that Vermonters who are eligible for nutrition assistance, or SNAP benefits, will make healthy food choices within a limited budget.