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Steps to smokefree multi-unit housing

The American Lung Association announced a new online resource on the issue of smokefree multi-unit housing, Smokefree Policies in Multi-Unit Housing: Steps for Success.    These tools are targeted to public health advocates fairly new to the topic, property managers, residents and others will find the .  

Study confirms academic benefits of reducing childhood exposure to lead-based paint

Public policy efforts in Massachusetts in the 1990s to reduce children’s exposure to lead generated “modest but statistically significant improvements in test performance in the 2000s, with particular benefits for children in low-income communities,”  according to a recent report.  The study was conducted by the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Read the study.

Wellness challenge winners: Sherri Mullin, Robin Howe

Sherri Mullin and Robin Howe were the final winners in VHFA’s “Five-Week Wellness Challenge.”

Sherri was selected at random from all staff members who participated in Week #5 of the challenge to receive a gift certificate from Healthy Living. Robin was our grand prize winner, getting a day off. (Use it wisely, Robin — at least three hours of cardio.)

The challenge was a progressive fitness program that encourages staff members to make small improvements to their health each week.

Wellness challenge winner: Ann-Marie Plank

Ann-Marie Plank was the fourth winner in VHFA’s “Five-Week Wellness Challenge.”

Ann-Marie was selected at random from all staff members who participated in Week #4 of the challenge to receive a gift certificate from Steven and Burns.

The challenge is a progressive fitness program that encourages staff members to make small improvements to their health each week. For this week — Week #5 — staff are encouraged to get up and get moving, drink more water, eat healthier snacks, change one unhealthy behavior and ... do something that makes them happy.

Wellness challenge winner: Brenda Howley

Brenda Howley was the third winner in VHFA’s “Five-Week Wellness Challenge.”

Brenda was selected at random from all staff members who participated in Week #3 of the challenge to receive a gift certificate from Healthy Living.

The challenge is a progressive fitness program that encourages staff members to make small improvements to their health each week. For this week — Week #4 — staff are encouraged to get up and get moving, drink more water, eat healthier snacks and ... change one unhealthy behavior.

Wellness challenge winner: Lori Gilding

Lori Gilding was the second winner in VHFA’s “Five-Week Wellness Challenge.”

Lori was selected at random from all staff members who participated in Week #2 of the challenge to receive a gift certificate from Ski Rack.

The challenge is a progressive fitness program that encourages staff members to make small improvements to their health each week. For this week — Week #3 — staff are encouraged to get up and get moving, drink more water, and ... eat healthier snacks.

Wellness challenge winner: Sam Falzone

Sam Falzone was the first winner in VHFA's "Five-Week Wellness Challenge."

Sam was selected at random from all staff members who participated in Week #1 of the challenge to receive a gift certificate from City Market.

The challenge is a progressive fitness program that encourages staff members to make small improvements to their health each week. For this week — Week #2 — staff are encouraged to get up and get moving, and drink more water.

VHFA embarks on spring wellness program

VHFA staff begins its annual spring wellness program next week. This year, it's "The Five-Week Wellness Challenge," a progressive fitness program that encourages staff members to make small improvements to their health each week.

For week #1, beginning next week, staff are encouraged to get up and get moving. Here are some suggestions, if you'd like to play along at your office:

VHFA wins worksite wellness recognition

VHFA received a worksite wellness award from the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

The award was announced March 29 at the Worksite Wellness Conference at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center.

VHFA received the award for the walking and stair climbing programs it implemented last year.

VHFA wellness program reaches finish line

start logoVHFA's spring wellness program has just wrapped up.

Since mid-April, 17 staff members have been tracking their physical activity online as part of the American Heart Association's Start! program.

All told, we logged 3.84 million steps — the equivalent of 1,920 miles.

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