Rutland County Lending Program Helps Make Outdoor Winter Activity an Easy Choice
Now that legendary groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has decreed another six weeks of winter, Vermonters in Rutland County have more time to take advantage of a new opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
Libraries throughout the county have teamed up with the Vermont Department of Health to promote physical activity by making snowshoes available for children and adults to borrow and enjoy.
The free snowshoe loan program is a grant-funded effort by the Local Health Office in Rutland to encourage community members to get outside for exercise during the winter months. "All you need is a library card and the desire to go play in the snow," said Renee Bousquet, director of the Rutland Health Office.
Bousquet explained that regular physical activity is a key factor in reducing instances of chronic disease. "There are three behaviors - lack of physical activity, poor diet, and tobacco use, that lead to four chronic diseases which are the cause of more than 50 percent of all deaths in Vermont each year," said Bousquet. "The goal of our 3-4-50 initiative is to reduce the factors that lead to chronic diseases and bend the curve toward better health. Working with our communities to make it easier for people to get and play - now that's the fun part!"
People can stop by a participating local library to sign out the free snowshoes.
To contact the Rutland Local Health Office, visit http://www.healthvermont.gov/local/rutland
Learn more about the 3-4-50 initiative: http://www.healthvermont.gov/3-4-50
Media Contact: Vermont Department of Health, 802-863-7281