DATE: April 10, 2006
Contact: Communication Office
BURLINGTON - A survey compiled by more than 100 young girls from 20 Vermont towns who participated in a statewide running program will be presented to Gov. Jim Douglas at 11 a.m. on April 11 at the Statehouse lawn.
Twelve of the 100 girls, grades 5th through 8th, who were active in the “Run, Girl, Run” Program will present survey results based on whether their towns are “good walking towns,” “good eating towns” and “active towns.”
Recommendations expected to be made to the Governor for improvements include keeping sidewalks clear year-round, encouraging local restaurants to offer healthy, affordable foods, removing candy and soda from vending machines in schools and providing kids with gym time every day during the school year.
“I am looking forward to learning the survey results,” Gov. Douglas said. “I am proud that these girls have chosen not only participate in the Fit & Healthy Kids initiative, but also to take an active role in shaping and influencing programs such as ‘Run, Girl, Run.’ I continually incorporate feedback from young Vermonters in order to refine and improve our approach to healthy eating and increased physical activity.”
“Run, Girl, Run” is a year-long program that uses games, interactive learning and training workouts to expose middle school-age girls to healthy lifestyle choices. The program begins with an intensive 8-week summer session where the girls train for a 5-kilometer race. Goal-setting, addressing challenges and overcoming barriers and building self-esteem and positive body image, understanding good nutrition, and confronting peer pressure are core principles of “Run, Girl, Run.”
For more information about Run, Girl, Run and the Heart Healthy Town Survey visit: http://healthvermont.gov/fitandhealthy.aspx, or call the Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7330.