For Immediate Release: May 17, 2018
Vermont Department of Health
Lucas Herring, Mayor, City of Barre
Barre Earns Gold for its Commitment to Reducing Chronic Disease
BARRE – Barre City, the “Granite Center of the World,” has a new bragging right – as a leader in healthy community design. The Vermont Department of Health has announced that Barre is the first city in Vermont to sign on as a Gold Level Community, as part of the state’s 3-4-50 initiative to reduce the impact of chronic disease on Vermonters.
3-4-50 means 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. The initiative calls on public and private sector leaders across the state to promote policies and infrastructure to make healthy options the easy choice wherever Vermonters live, work, learn and play.
Barre Mayor Lucas Herring said he is honored, but not surprised, that Barre is the first community to achieve Gold Level status. “Our residents and businesses are committed to ensuring healthy programs are in place,” said Mayor Herring. “That’s why we met the Silver standard leading up to this year. I’m just hoping that the Health Department creates a Platinum level that we can aspire to!”
Mayor Herring credits Barre’s 3-4-50 Gold Level designation to the tireless work of city staff, officials and community members who have led the way in prioritizing the health of the city’s residents. Herring also credits his predecessor, former Mayor Thom Lauzon for his administration’s efforts, which included adoption of a new City Plan in 2014 with a focus on health. In 2016, Stephanie Quaranta, Barre’s assistant director of buildings and community services, helped Barre earn national recognition from former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Cities and Towns program. The program allowed Barre to focus on preventing and reducing childhood obesity.
“The enthusiasm that Barre has shown in enhancing recreational activities, infrastructure and policies to promote the health of residents and visitors to the Granite City is inspirational,” said Joan Marie Misek, district director of the Health Department’s Barre office. “Working with the city to create a community that supports healthy lifestyles has been a model partnership.”
Other efforts in Barre to promote physical activity, healthy eating and to reduce smoking have included upgrades to neighborhood playgrounds and parks, all of which are smoke-free, a new bike path and free healthy meals for K-12 students all year round. Barre residents already enjoy refurbished tennis courts, and soon they will have an updated little league field and a revamped public pool. As a 3-4-50 Gold Level Community, Barre officials are looking to create more safe walking and biking options and to offer healthy choices at city vending machines and concession stands.
Learn more about 3-4-50 and how cities and towns, schools, businesses, faith communities and health providers can help reduce chronic disease: healthvermont.gov/3-4-50
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