Active and Healthy Communities in Rutland County

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When the place where we live makes it easy for everyone to exercise and eat well, fewer people will suffer from injury, cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart and lung disease. Our goal is to help shape our communities to support health and well-being. To do this we:

  • promote safe, pleasant and accessible places for all people to walk, roll or bicycle
  • promote use of public transit
  • ensure access to healthy and affordable food
  • ensure safe, quality housing

We work with community organizations, municipal and regional planners, schools and health care providers. We begin with conversations to learn what is important to our community. From there, we find ways to weave in health and wellness improvements that fit the priorities of our towns, such as economic development. All Vermonters will thrive when our living condiitons help to eliminate differences in health for different groups of people.

Use the Public Health Data Explorer to learn about health and wellness where you live.

Local Highlights

We supported Brandon and Poultney to incorporate specific language into their town plans that considered recreational opportunities, access to healthy and local foods and pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

The town of West Rutland is collaborating with Rutland Town on a Smart Growth Plan to incorporate Complete Streets planning into a redesign of Business Route 4A. Click here to read the Smart Growth Plan

Come Alive Outside and ParkRx
Our staff serve on advisory boards for the nonprofit organization Come Alive Outside which sponsors several programs for all ages to support people in living healthier lives outside. Signature programs include Park Rx, 100 Miles in 100 Days walking challenges and Passports. 

Community Kitchen Inventory
We provide leadership to the Rutland Nutrition Coalition which developed an online map of Community Kitchens. These sites are available to the public to lightly process gleaned vegetables and other foods into meals for food shelf distribution. 

Clarendon Community Complex and Walking Path
We helped the Clarendon Elementary School with grant writing and program planning for a new walking trail to give all community member a safe, familiar and accessible area to be physically active.

Local Recreational Resources
Safe Routes to Schools

Walking and biking to school helps students develop independence, improves academic performance, reduces traffic congestion and air pollution and creates a stronger community. The Safe Routes to Schools program provides guidance and encouragement on how to engineer, implement and evaluate programs that make it safer, easier, and more fun for students and their families to walk and bike to school. 

3-4-50 Prevent Chronic Disease

What does 3-4-50 mean?

3 behaviors – lack of physical activity, poor diet, and tobacco use – lead to 4 chronic diseases – cancer, heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, and lung disease – that are the cause of more than 50 percent of all deaths in Vermont.

This understanding inspires us to take action. Communities that are built to support physical activity, safe walking and biking, use of public transportation, and easy access to fresh foods are essential for good health.

See how Vermont Cities & Towns support health

learn more

Trail Finder 
VT State Parks 
Free Falls Prevention Resources
Hunger Free Vermont 
Safe Routes to School 
CounterBalance - a campaign directed towards the tobacco industry’s influence on youth

Contact Us

Bethany, Public Health Specialist
802-786-5115
AHS.VDHOLHRutland@vermont.gov