Vermont hospitals launch ‘A Healthier State House’ competition

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Vermont hospitals launch ‘A Healthier State House’ competition

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont legislators, State House staff, lobbyists, and the Scott Administration are being challenged to a dose of healthy competition. The Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS) has teamed up with Rise VT to give lawmakers and elected officials a hands-on experience of what is happening at hospitals around the state where greater investments in primary prevention and wellness and a focus on population health are helping more Vermonters get and stay healthy. 

From now through the end of the legislative session, each team will be given a series of health challenges, all geared towards greater fitness and wellness for those leaders charged with making and influencing state policy. Thanks to a partnership with Fitbit, individual and team progress can be tracked along the way. 

Governor Phil Scott will lead the administration’s team. The avid cyclist can be found cruising Vermont roads in the spring, summer, and fall. He’s even known to tackle some of the most challenging mountain passes such as the Appalachian Gap and Smugglers Notch. “Exercise is an essential part of my life and I hope this challenge will inspire those of us in state government – and all Vermonters – to get moving and get healthier,” Scott said of the program. “Government is at times known for inaction, but I hope this shows that we can take steps together, move in the same direction, and exercise good leadership here Vermont.”

Vermont hospitals are transforming the way they are paid for care to place greater emphasis on wellness and prevention and slow the growth of health care spending. A Healthier State House provides participants with the opportunity to experience how improved care can improve lives. 

“This is an opportunity for hospitals to show lawmakers the work that is happening around the state to transform how patients experience their health care,” said Jeff Tieman, president and CEO of VAHHS. “Hospitals are investing in primary prevention, care coordination, and population health because we know that helping our patients stay healthy and proactively manage health issues improves quality of life.” 

VAHHS hosted health fair at the State House where participants were treated to biometric screenings, flu shots and stress tests. Vermont hospitals were also on hand providing information about eating well, moving more and the importance of self-care. 

“RiseVT is an initiative to support communities in a health transformation to make the healthy choice the easy choice,” said Marissa Parisi, Executive Director of RiseVT. “We’re excited to have so many state leaders participating because we know when they go back to their communities at the end of the session, they’ll bring with them a great understanding of our work and a commitment to improved health.” 

The winning team will be announced during the final days of 2018 Legislative session. To learn more about the program or to join, visit  Photo:

Source: VAHHS 2.13.2018