HEALTH e-news SPOTLIGHT – December 2013



Scholarship Funding Available for Online Public Health Certificate Program

UVM is offering scholarship funding for students who enroll in the 2014 Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health program. The 18-credit, one-year public health online program includes a six-course introduction to the interdisciplinary fields of public health. Scholarships are being offered for in-state and out-of-state student.

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Students also can try out the program by signing up for individual courses. Spring courses include:

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Good Beginnings Looking For…

GOod Beginnings
We are looking for a postage meter – they are rather expensive new and I wondered if you might put it out there to your contacts that a local non-profit is looking for one to be passed down, or for cheap, if any businesses or persons has one available.
Also, we have 3 office chairs available for free – there are some stains and a couple minor tears on one, but they are all in functioning condition and are free to anyone who needs them. Each of them swivels, is on wheels and has adjustable height, etc.
Thanks for passing this along and have a happy holiday!
Alison Lamagna
Good Beginnings of Central VT
174 River St. Montpelier, VT 05602

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Cross Vermont Trail Association: First Day Hike Details (and annual donation appeal, full disclosure)

12-18-2013 2-24-04 PM

Spreading the invitation to all – celebrate the New Year with a Jan 1 group snowshoe hike in Groton State Forest.

(But first, some business:)

Consider an end of year donation to Cross Vermont Trail Association.

Imagine a four season, family friendly greenway – linking trails across Vermont – for alternative transportation from home to school, for daily healthy activity, for enjoyment of our natural heritage. Your end of year donation will go right to work building the next section of trail (well, as soon as the ground thaws . . . ). Go to for secure online payment, or to print out a regular mail donation form. And thanks!

And then – FIRST DAY HIKE:
Start the new year in the fresh air with a family friendly hike at Ricker Pond in Groton State Forest. Cross Vermont Trail Association will guide the 2 hour long easy walk. We’ll look for animal tracks in the snow, listen for boreal birds in the woods, and discover the outlets of Ricker Pond and Lake Groton. Meet 10 AM at the Ricker Pond Access parking lot – on Rte 232 about 1.5 miles north of Rte 302. Bring water and snack, snowshoes and clothes for the weather. Call 498-0079 with any questions, or go to (And to learn about additional “first day hikes” go to

what: easy going, exploration, snowshoe hike on New Years Day morning
where: Ricker Pond in Groton.
who: all are welcome to this easy two hour hike led by CVTA
when: Jan 1, 10 AM to Noon

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Green Mountain United Way – Targeted Areas



The number of financially stable individuals in communities increases.

    1. The number of families achieving and sustaining employment and stable housing increases
    2. Individuals increase their financial capability to manage finances, reduce debt, build savings and assets to avoid financial crisis
    3. Individuals receive the income supports that are available to them


The percent of adults and youth who are obese or overweight decreases to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease.

    1. Individuals have access to healthy, affordable foods to increase the number of people eating healthily in communities.
    2. Individuals have access to physical activity opportunities to increase the number of people who are physically active in communities
    3. Individuals have knowledge of healthy food and physical activity options


Children ages 0-6 enter school ready to succeed with a foundation to help them develop to their fullest potential

    1. The number of children ages 0-6 have quality child care programs available to them.
    2. The rate of child abuse and neglect decreases.
    3. Families receive support to create nurturing and stable learning environments at home


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You Can Help a Family : Holiday Giving


Happy Holidays from Vermont Federation of Families
Dear Friends,

Season’s greetings from the Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. We hope this holiday season brings you joy, positive memories, and a healthy new year.
We’re thinking BIG as we look towards the future. Your generosity has brought us a long way since 1990 – and we need your help to have another successful twenty-three years. Your gift to the Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health will make 2014 a better year for children, youth, and families.
Your participation and support are the biggest gifts you can make this year 
 No matter the size of your contribution!
How Your Donation Will Help
Your contribution to the Vermont Federation of Families will go directly to helping Vermont families through family-to-family peer and youth support, parent training, and bringing hope.

Can’t make a financial contribution this year? That’s okay! Your voice matters just as much. Visit our website to see how you can help others along their journey.

We are strong because of your support.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

With thanks,

Kathleen Holsopple
Executive Director

Vermont Federation of Families

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2013 Tax Deductible Donation To Green Mountain United Way: Time Is Running Out!

Time is running out for you to make your 2013 tax deductible donation to Green Mountain United Way.  Make your contribution for change in your community today.  GMUW is improving lives through Education, Health and Income.  
Simply go to and click on the Donate button, or send your check to 963 Paine Turnpike N #2, Montpelier, VT  05602.


Madeleine C. Roy
Community Development & Marketing Director
Orleans/Northern Essex Office
Green Mountain United Way
PO Box 33
Derby Line, VT  05830


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GMUW: December Newsletter


From the Executive Director

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. I have been at community meal sites and have heard people say how thankful they are for the food that is being given to them for just that one meal. When I think of my own household, there is enough for meals for that day, the next and many more. No matter how much we have, this is the time to stop and think of all our blessings. It is probably especially good that the calendar provides for a season of hope that follows so closely after Thanksgiving.

If you are fortunate to have your needs met plus a little more, please consider giving a little of what you have to Green Mountain United Way so that we can help others who want the same basic things we do. They need food on their tables, a safe and warm place to live, people they care about and people who care about them. Our hopes are all the same and you can make the hopes of others come true.

Call us at 802-229-9532 for more information and to arrange for your contribution. Or, visit our website at where you can donate online.

—–Nancy Zorn

Have You Given Yet?

Have you inadvertently misplaced our annual appeal letter? Or, are you looking at it and wondering how much you should give this year?

As our Northeast Kingdom Campaign Chair, Kathryn Austin, recently stated, “I know the requests for your financial support are many, but please consider this one…The notion of working together, living united, to improve our communities is central to how we live as Vermonters. It’s never been more evident than in recent years, with economic and natural disasters, that coming together to ensure the basic needs of our neighbors are met, means we’ll improve all our lives.”

Our campaign now stands at a little over $130,000 of pledges and donations. Send your tax deductible contribution today and help GMUW continue its work in providing financial literacy workshops, education on healthier living, and support for families whose children need to become better prepared for school.

Send your check to GMUW, 963 Paine Turnpike N #2, Montpelier, VT 05602, or donate online at

Have You Made Your News Year’s Resolution?

INCOME: Make this the year when you resolve to become more financially independent. Here are four brief points to follow during 2014 and subsequent years and watch the benefits accumulate:

  • Live within your means
  • Tackle debt
  • Build that emergency fund
  • Protect yourself with adequate insurance
HEALTH: Spend the coming year making just a few changes in your diet and exercise and you will be guaranteed to feel better:

  • Eat some fresh fruit everyday
  • Make your meals colorful with bright-colored veggies that are vitamin rich
  • Get off the couch and take a walk at least 3 or 4 times a week
  • Get outside in the fresh air and play with your kids
EDUCATION: Your children are our future. Help them before they reach school age and beyond by:

  • Reading to and with them regularly
  • Introducing them to the local library where together you can explore fascinating subjects
  • Discussing with them local and national events featured in the daily newspaper
  • Participating as a family in fun projects that provide them new and exciting learning skills

Tips for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a fun time for everyone, but only when employing some safety precautions like:

  • Making sure your light strings are in good order with no frayed wires
  • Hooking as few light strings as possible to each extension cord
  • Turning out all inside holiday lights before leaving home
  • Avoiding chimney fires by burning only a small amount of gift wrap at once in your woodstove or fireplace

When the season is over and you remove the tree from your home, try to recycle it in a chipper at your local recycling center. It will then become next year’s mulch.

Help Your Neighbors Stay Warm This Winter

Too many people, young and old, in our communities are without good, warm hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks for the winter months. Do your share and bring some of these new items to the lobbies of the Granite Hills Credit Union in Barre or Montpelier anytime between now and Dec. 31st. They will then be given to Green Mountain United Way for distribution to needy families in our area. Be a part of this drive and make a difference in someone’s life.

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Dates to Remember

Month of Dec. 2013: The Granite Hills Credit Union is collecting hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and socks in both their Barre and Montpelier lobbies to give to people in need. GMUW will be distributing these items for the credit union after Dec. 31st. Make your donations of warm winter items at the credit union today.
Dec. 23, 2013 through Jan. 1, 2014: GMUW offices will be closed for the holiday season.
Jan. 11, 2014: 1st Annual Cross Country Ski/Snowshoe Fundraiser at Craftsbury Outdoor Center for benefit of GMUW.
Feb. 8, 2014: Auditions for GMUW 8th Annual Kaleidoscope of Talent Show at Spaulding High School, Barre, VT. Exact times to be announced.
March 7, 2014: Dress rehearsal for 8th Annual Kaleidoscope of Talent Show at Spaulding High School. Exact times to be announced.
March 8, 2014: 8th Annual Kaleidoscope of Talent Show at Spaulding High School starting at 7 pm. Cash prizes for winners in four categories.

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Upcoming Vermont Environmental, Health and Safety Seminars:


Upcoming Vermont environmental, health and safety seminars from various providers:


Vermont Forklift Train the Trainer Class

RUTLAND, Asa Bloomer State Office Building, Room 266, Thursday, Dec 19, 8:30-3:00. 

WILLISTON, VTC Blair Park, Room 401, Thursday, Jan 9, 8:30-3:00

PLATTSBURGH (NY), North Country Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, Feb 11, 8:00-2:30.  Did you know that (V)OSHA requires that all Fork Truck operators be trained by a “qualified person”?  This forklift training is designed for powered lift truck operators in manufacturing, construction and retail.  A complete overview of 29 CFR 1910.178 (V)OSHA standards will be followed with a discussion on load balance, characteristics and truck components, engineering design, fueling, and fundamentals of operation, with a hands on forklift safety inspection.  This course is primarily a train-the-trainer seminar, and can be used to fulfill the classroom component of (V)OSHA requirements. Valuable handouts and lunch included.  Registration is $150 per person, contact Bruce Gray at or 518-562-1462.

Green Mountain Safety Consulting, L.L.C.In Alliance with the Hickok & Boardman Network of CompaniesBurlington offices


Register Here

10   How to use Recordkeeping with Zywave  
15   First Aid & CPR Refresher  
22   Standard First Aid/CPR  
31-Feb 1   10-Hour Construction Course  
5 (Web)   Revitalizing your Safety Committee  
7   What to Expect for a VOSHA Inspection  
12-15   30 Hour Construction Course  

To register or for more information go to: or email: or call or (802) 862-1399

January 8;  Feb. 5,13, & 28 2014 – Adult/ Child CPR & AED , Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Associated General Contractors of Vermont, Montpelier.

VT SafeyNet Inc with First Aid American Heart Association certification cards given at class conclusion

SAVE THE DATE for the 2014 Worksite Wellness Conference, March 27, 2014, in Burlington, VT.   Conference info. will be posted at:


SAVE THE DATE for the 12th Annual Vermont Workplace Safety Conference & Governor’s AwardsMay 16, 2014, 9am – 3:30 pm, DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center, Burlington. An Excellent professional development opportunity for HR staff and employees with safety responsibilities. Topics include: Total Worker Health; a Return-To-Work Business Success Stories Panel; How to do a Functional Job Description; OSHA Updates, a Technology in Safety panel and the Governors’ Safety Awards. Sponsored by the Vermont Safety & Health Council, and the Vermont Small Business Development Center. Registration will be posted at:

FIND Vermont Safety seminars at: events calendar (the Vermont Safety & Health Council, is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting workplace safety education, and is a great resource for anyone with safety in their job description. Your company should be a member!)


January 23, 2014 – HAZWOPER Refresher training, Burlington, Associated General Contractors of Vermont.  Registration and more info. at: 223-2374, or email:

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

The awards recognize the actions taken by individuals and organizations to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promoted sustainability.  Application due date:  January 27, 2014.  For more detail see:

HAZARDOUS WASTE & Hazardous MATerials TRAINING, Cerberus EHS Seminars – Meeting RCRA, OSHA, and US DOT Training Requirements, For more information contact: or call: (802) 321-9005

Peter Crawford
Environmental & Regulatory Assistance Program, Director
Vermont Small Business Development Center
PO Box 188
Randolph Center, Vermont 05061
Fax. 802-728-3026
Vermont Business Environmental Partnership program: www.vbep.orgWe Can Help Green Up Your Bottom LIne!  Green Hotels program:
Reduce Enviromental Compliance Risks of your business operations by using the Free VT-DEC & VtSBDC on-line VT hazardous waste tutorial @   

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