“Neurodiversity is the idea that neurological differences like autism and ADHD are the result of normal, natural variation in the human genome” ~ John Elder Robison
We have extraordinary local partners at Landmark College’s Center for Neurodiversity and the Vermont Learning-Support Initiative to help us on our journey to create a society where we choose to actively develop skills and accommodations that enable everyone to contribute to learning environments, employment and community.
Other resources around neurodiversity include:
The American Institute for Learning and Human Development supports the creation of developmentally appropriate practices and rich learning environments for children, adolescents, and adult learners. It seeks to accomplish this mission by providing timely, practical, and cutting edge information via keynotes and workshops as well as books, articles, and social media posts on the following topics (click on each subject for more information):
- 101 Non-Drug ADHD Strategies
- The Power of the Adolescent Brain
- Multiple Intelligences
- The Natural Genius of Children
- The Best Schools
- The 12 Stages of Life
Collegiate Coaching Services works from a strengths-based approach and seeks to shine a light on the value of the neurodiverse student and employee.
A forward thinking article written by Robert Austin and Gary Pisano, “Neurodiversity As A Competitive Advantage”; Harvard Business Review, May-June 2017, highlights that a growing number of companies, including Microsoft, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and SAP have adjusted their “human resources practices to capitalize on the talents of neurodiverse people.” The authors report that many people with “neurodevelopmental conditions” have extraordinary skills, including in memory, mathematics, and pattern recognition.
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 popular Pop Ups in the Park series returns for 2022! In addition to offering fitness classes in St. Johnsbury and Lyndonville, we are excited to announce the expansion of the series to the Hardwick community. All of the classes offered are and free and open for the public to attend. For more information contact Jen Grant at (802) 748-9405 ext. 1026 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- Towns of St. Johnsbury and Lyndon
- Vermont Department of Health
- Council on Aging
- Lyndon Outing Club
- Local Fitness Providers
Smoothie Bike Reservation Form
See the Pop Ups in the Park schedules for St. Johnsbury, Lyndonville and Hardwick at left.
- August 16 @ 9:00 am
- August 17 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
- August 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- August 19 @ 9:00 am
- August 19 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am