We are pleased to announce that we now have a permanent RiseVT Program Manager for Bennington County! Andrea Malinowski wasn’t looking for a new job, but working for RiseVT was too good of a fit to pass up! After working full-time raising her four children, Andrea decided to realize her dream of helping people lead healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives by opening a health and fitness center. Andrea has lived in Bennington with her family since 1997 and has always enjoyed fitness throughout her life. She became a marathon runner and triathlete at the age of 39, proving it’s possible to accomplish your goals at any age! Opening Optionz Health & Fitness in 2012 was more proof that she had the power to fulfill her dreams.

In addition to being the owner/operator of Optionz Health & Fitness, Andrea is a certified Health Couch – having organized many health related events in the community – and is a coach of the local outdoor recreation group, Training For More. Through Training for More, Andrea hosts running training for groups preparing for 5k races to marathons, as well as group activities including hiking, bike riding, snowshoeing, and more! Her extensive community service experience has also allowed her to work across the age spectrum, including working with adults and children with special needs. All of this fitness, coaching, and community service expertise make her an excellent fit for RiseVT. As Andrea puts it, “Reaching optimum health, happiness, and confidence at every age is a passion of mine. I have had the joy of helping members of my community add fitness at every level into their lifestyles and witnessing them feeling good and having fun while doing it! I am excited and honored to now be able to work across sectors in my community to make an even larger impact so that it is easy for everyone in our corner of the state to embrace healthy lifestyles!”

We are very excited to have Andrea on our team and ramping up RiseVT efforts in the towns Bennington and North Bennington! Follow the RiseVT – Bennington County Facebook page to stay up-to-date on what’s happening with RiseVT in Bennington County!