Being Physically Healthy
The Physically Healthy Collaborative Action Network (CAN) of NEK Prosper! is committed to maintaining physical health & well-being through healthy behaviors & medical care.
The numbers below show the difference between the actual and targeted percentages in several categories and groups as they relate to being physically healthy.
% of adults with no leisure time for aerobic activity
- Actual Value 23% 23%
- Target Value 15% 15%
% of adults meeting aerobic activity guidelines
- Actual Value 52% 52%
- Target Value 65% 65%
Story Behind the Curve
Being physically active is one of the most important things adults can do to improve their health. Regular physical activity can reduce the burden of chronic disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers, and can prevent early death. Physical activity can also help people with chronic conditions manage their disease, as well as help manage weight, prevent falls, reduce depression, and may improve cognitive skills. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week. Adults tend to spend long hours sitting at work or home in front of “screens”. Additionally, the rural nature of Vermont has inadequate “active living” infrastructure
Vermont Department of Health and Transportation. Local fitness facilities and recreation departments. Regional Planning Commissions. Local government.
Pop Ups in the Park
Our Pop Ups in the Park series has wrapped up for 2022! Pop Ups in the Park will return in Summer 2023. Look for additional information to be posted next Spring.
Check out these upcoming events dealing with being physically healthy.
- September 30 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
- September 30 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
- October 3 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
- October 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
- October 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Energize 365 is a community-wide campaign to increase physical activity.
Please join us at our community walking program, St. Johnsbury Walk & Talk. St. Johnsbury Walk & Talk is a great way to meet new people and add activity into your day. Walk & Talk provides encouragement, camaraderie, and a social support system by hosting pre-planned, regularly scheduled, group walks for all ages. The walks are held in St. Johnsbury on Monday evenings from 6 – 7 p.m. Meet at the park at Main Street/Winter Street. This is a free event sponsored by the Physically Healthy CAN of NEK Prosper!
How to Get Involved:
Borrow a Smoothie Bike, submit a photo for the Photo of the Month, download a copy of our Worksite Toolkit, or join one of our seasonal activities like Pop Ups in the Park.
Submit an active event for our event calendar so that others in the NEK can easily find fun and active things to do.
Or join our Collaborative Action Network (CAN).
CAN members have strong expertise, influence, interest and/or resources in area of focus.
Currently Physically Healthy CAN Members include representatives from:
- Home Health
- Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
- Northern Counties Health Care
- Towns of St. Johnsbury and Lyndon
- Vermont Department of Health
- NEK Council on Aging
- Lyndon Outing Club
- Local Fitness Providers