In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many RiseVT program managers were redeployed to serve as frontline healthcare workers in their hospitals. This spring, program managers took on critical roles in curbside testing, employee screening, community food distribution, and more—jumping in to help at a time when help was so needed. As many of us adjust to working in a virtual space, our team is working with community partners to build unique programming like physically distant health education in schools gardens, where family “pods” gather together to use practice yoga that integrates nutrition education. Imagine a mom and daughter bending and twisting to form the outline of a cabbage! In other communities our team members are leading At Home Olympics where families work together to build obstacle courses and submit videos of themselves jumping and sprinting through their back yards. Our team also continues to tackle food insecurity by volunteering for Veggie Van Go and other hospital-based food distribution efforts, as well as supporting advocacy for participation in federal nutrition programs. We also are expanding our Dinner Together programming in partnership with a local food shelf to source fresh vegetables and create recipes and meal plans that support families as they gather at meal time. We look forward to supporting schools with education around outdoor classrooms and brainstorming how we can reengage with the education system safely.

As a statewide team we are building on the success of our Rise to 5K with the upcoming Rise &Walk: Virtual Edition. Register today and pledge to walk 30 minutes, 3 times a week from July 27-Aug 21. Kick off your walks with short health talks from local professionals right in your inbox — everything from expert advice from a podiatrist on keeping your feet happy, to mindful eating from a dietician, to at-home exercise from a health coach.