Swanton community ways to get fit while having fun

Swanton community ways to get fit while having fun

Swanton has a group of certified fitness instructor, local Recreation Department, & Library who want to make fitness in Swanton fun and accessible to all with a variety of times, locations and fitness opportunities. Local schools, Library and Churches open up their community space for the instructors to use giving Swanton residents access to fitness in Swanton. Thank you to our community partners for opening up their community spaces to make the health choice the easier choice.

Zumba is an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music.

STRONG by Zumba® is a revolutionary high-intensity workout where every move is synced to a beat, pushing you harder to give it everything you’ve got, and then some.

Movement Babies & toddlers is an active story hour centered on music, rhythm, and FUN!

Adult Volleyball – play pick-up game of Volleyball at the Swanton Central School gym

 

Schedule of events each week:

Local Instructors

Jan Sweet – started Zumba in 2006 as a student in local class it was so much fun, In 2010 she decide to go and get her license to teach. She enjoys seeing the students smile, laugh and has the most fun while creating great friendships in class.  Jan says “Zumba is for everyone all levels of fitness; you just move and enjoy the beats of the music.”  She also teaches Zumba Fitness, Strong by Zumba, Zumba Core, Zumba Glutes serving in 3 towns in Franklin County. Swanton, St. Albans, and Enosburg teaching a total of 5 classes a week.

Jill LeClair  -has been teaching for over 2 years.  She was a Zumba student for 2 years when she worked to got licensed. She decided to start teaching because several friends told her they wanted to try it, but were too nervous to go to a class. She later learned that they would feel comfortable coming to a class Jill was instructor of since they knew her. The intimidation of not knowing the teacher would be eliminated. Jill never proclaimed to be a “fitness person” just a mom/wife/regular person who loved Zumba. Jill says “I fell in love with it immediately because I like dancing, and I LOVE how not a single person makes me feel out of place.” Her best joy is seeing how people come out of their shells and just laugh and have fun.

Sarah Tanner– was Zumba fitness certification in March of 2014. She is certified to teach Zumba and Zumba toning. Sarah loves to dance for fitness and has fun sharing that love with others!

 

By Betsy Fournier, RiseVT Wellness Specialist

Swanton Family Health Fair

Swanton Family Health Fair

On Thursday March 1st the Swanton Public Library hosted a health day at the library 26 kids and 14 adults enjoyed the healthy activities. They offered My Plate activities and sugary sweeten beverage activities by Brittany Wood, and Kids Zumba with Felicia Cota. Betsy and Moretti from RiseVT lead active play activities including a fun indoor snowball fights and parachute salad mixing with volunteer Gabe Ladieu from MVU student council. Deep Touch Massage was offered free Massages.  All made possible by at Promise Community Grant.

Special thanks to Danielle, Swanton Children Librarian and Michelle Beaulieu Library Director for putting this fun event together for the Swanton Community to enjoy.

By Betsy Fournier, RiseVT Wellness Specialist

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge

Devin Quinlan and sons Jack and Steve with Wildlife Volunteer feeling a snake skin they found while exploring.

Take a walk in the refuge where you will hear the sounds of the wild, weather it is a bird, a crane, or cricket it is a peaceful well maintained free destination right in our backyard.  Visit the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge this fall to find tranquility. The newly built Refuge building is open weekdays from 8am – 4pm with many hands on activities, children of all ages are welcomed.  The trail system is vast, and Refuge staff is always happy to help pick a trail best suited for you and your family. The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1943, in order to provide a habitat for migratory birds at the time and has evolved into much more. The refuge totals 6,729 acres of mostly wetland habitats, which support many different forms of wildlife.

If you have the opportunity to visit this local gem keep your eyes on the sky as there are more than 300 nests present. Everything from bald eagle, osprey and great blue heron nest here. Other things to know before you head to the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. It’s free to enter, walk around and explore 6,729 acres. Note that the The Refuge has hunting activity so some trails may be closed during this time of year, and plan to dress in bright colors. Dogs are allowed, however they must be on a lease at al times. Trails are open 356 days of the year from dawn to dusk.

Visitor center is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location 29 Tabor Rd. Swanton, VT 05488

802-868-4781 missisquoi@fws.gov

Visitor Activities: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Missisquoi/visit/visitor_activities.html

Planning Your Visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Missisquoi/visit/plan_your_visit.html

Rules and Regulations: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Missisquoi/visit/rules_and_regulations.html

Growing a Community

Growing a Community

Rise VT Wellness Specialist Betsy Cherrier, Fournier, had to pleasure meeting up with a some friendly folks at the Swanton Tribal Council on Grand Avenue in Swanton VT, Chief Moose took a spin on the RiseVT smoothie bike while Louise Larivee & Jeanie Gregory Hilliker prepared a nice venue of healthy food to share,  family and friends from the “Treat the Soul Heal the Heart” group gathered together in the large community room with full kitchen where they prepare dinners to enjoy. While we all sat around the dinner table sharing stories, Louise and Jeanie shared with me how great it would be to have raised beds gardens to grow veggies, and herbs, to share with community members as well as teaching them how to prepare food with fresh veggies and herbs.  RiseVT & Hudak Farms jumped on board to help them harvest this idea.   The raised beds are filled with fresh veggies and herds with growing possibilities to enhance growth and educational opportunities for the Swanton community members.

 

 

Highgate Sidewalk Committee

Highgate Sidewalk Committee

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Infrastructure is underway in Highgate; Heidi Britch-Valenta, Town Administrator, has been pulling out and dusting off studies she is finding at her Highgate office, some dating back 16 years. Recently the sidewalk committee agenda consisted of Lamkin street sidewalk project, Route 78 AOT safety study crosswalks, 78 bike and pedestrian programs, Gore Road crosswalks, Highgate School, and a Safe Routes to School plan. Why does  Highgate what to create a more walk-able and bike-able communities?  The answer is simple:  Safety and Health!   The school has 174 student that live within 2 mile walking distance to the school.  This is a perfect length for kiddos to start their day with activity and end it with a great walk home.  According to Safe Routes to School, walking and biking to school has many added benefits to our kids including:

  • Weight and blood pressure control
  • Bone, muscle, and joint health and maintenance
  • Reduction in the risk of diabetes
  • Improved psychological welfare
  • Better academic performance

These benefits are amazing!   The Town of Highgate is wrapping around their community to create a safer and healthier place to live.       “On October 5th Highgate School will participate in their first walk to school day” Said Highgate School Nurse Jen Gagne.  “We are working with Amy Brewer from Northwestern Medical Center and Amanda Holland from Northwest Regional Planning Commission.”  Together, they will come up with a travel safety plan which helps identify interventions to impact the entire community in creating a more walkable area.   Highgate also has many other asset to its small town, including an extremely active library lead by Liza Comiskey, local meat markets, hardware store, churches , recreation facility, walking paths,  and water access.   The future of Highgate is looking bright and they have a  group of enthusiastic  community members  working on shaping Highgate  into a healthier community .