Vermont Business Magazine Governor Philip B. Scott declared May Physical Fitness and Sports Month in Vermont, encouraging Vermonters to be active this spring. He will sign the proclamation on May 10, 9:30 a.m. in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office at the State House(link is external). Health Commissioner Mark Levine and Janet Franz, Chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, will speak about the importance of physical activity to health and wellbeing. The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports will host the event.The Governor’s proclamation aligns with the national designation of May as Physical Fitness and Sports Month, an effort by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to raise awareness about the benefits of physical activity. It also helps promote the council’s mission to promote Exercise Is Medicine(link is external).“Vermonters have a perfect setting to get outdoors and exercise, and May is a great time to start,” said Franz. “We can get outdoors for a hike, jog or bike and enjoy our beautiful environment. Doing this regularly helps us feel better, physically and mentally. Being active reduces risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, stiff backs, sore knees, depression, low energy and a host of other ailments, reducing the need for medicine and medical care. Exercise is medicine.”In Vermont, 60% of adults and 29% of youth are overweight or obese, according to the state Department of Health, which cites lack of physical activity as the reason. More than three quarters (77%) of Vermont’s youth do not participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and 20% of Vermont adults participate in no leisure-time physical activity. The department estimates that medical expenses attributable to adult obesity in Vermont total $291 million annually.The health department recommends that adults aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes walking fast, bicycling, dancing and swimming. Children should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, including walking to school, playing in the yard or playground, climbing trees, riding bikes and participating in sports.The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports promotes health and wellness through physical activity for people of all fitness and ability levels. It encourages older Vermonters to participate in fitness and sports through the Vermont Senior Games Association(link is external) and Move for Wellbeing(link is external), families to be active outdoors with Vermont Parks Prescriptions(link is external), and working Vermonters to walk and run with co-workers at the annual Corporate Cup Challenge & State Agency(link is external) Race on May 17 in Montpelier.Source: Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports 5.9.2018
A springy three-tree combo in southern Prairie Village.We got a number of stunning responses to our call for photos of spring in bloom here in NEJC. But, as Levar Burton told us so many time, you don’t have to take my word for it…Rep. Barbara Bollier sent in some beautiful shots of colorful flowers dotting the lawns in her neighborhood, including this one:Rachel Best sent along this great pic of a magnolia tree at its peak:And Prairie Village Code Enforcement Officer Marcia Gradinger was able to capture this breathtaking shot of the trees outside city hall using her cell phone:But flowers aren’t the only sign of the changing of the season around these parts. Michele Griffith captured this shot of a wily fox sneaking a drink from her backyard birdbath:Thanks to everyone for sharing their shots. (And if you’ve got a shot you’d like to share, email it to us and we’ll add it to this post).
IRVINE, Calif. – Nine sets of pistons and more than $9,000 worth of product certificates will be awarded to IMCA drivers racing built engines again this season by JE Pistons.Champions in each of the five Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified regions and both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions, as well as national IMCA Late Model and IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car champions all receive pistons from the Irvine, Calif., manufacturer.Product certificates valued at $400, $300, $200 and $150, respectively, will be awarded to eligible second through fifth place drivers in regional Modified and Stock Car, and national Late Model and Sprint Car standings.“Everyone at JE is a proud supporter of the IMCA and circle track racing,” said Director of Marketing Sean Crawford. “We’re happy to support the racers and help keep their engines running strong and on the race track.”Awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.JE Pistons returned to the IMCA marketing partner ranks last season.“We are in our sixth season overall partnering with JE Pistons and it is a pleasure to work with aftermarket engine parts manufacturers who continue to support IMCA racers,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Modified drivers racing a claim engine, and all drivers in the other divisions have a shot at high quality sets of pistons through this program and we hope they support JE at every opportunity.”Information about JE-manufactured pistons and piston kits is available by calling 714 898-9763, on Facebook and at the www.jepistons.com website.