MONTPELIER -- On May 1, Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont declared May Physical Fitness and Sports Month, aligning with the national designation and encouraging Vermonters to get outside and active this spring. Shumlin was joined by Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD, and David Butsch, MD, a representative from the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

The Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is dedicated to promoting health and wellness through physical activity for all people living in Vermont at all fitness and ability levels. The council hosts the Corporate Cup Challenge & State Agency race every May to promote worksite wellness and activity, along with other initiatives throughout the year to support activity among Vermonters. For more ideas on how to get active in Vermont this month, visit www.fitness.gov.

This summer the council is also launching a new "exercise is medicine" initiative with Vermont State Parks and select Vermont physicians. More information on the launch of this program will be announced at Mount Philo State Park later this spring. The Council and State Parks representatives will be joined by Gov. Shumlin and the newly crowned "Mrs. Vermont," Dorilee LeBlanc of Shelburne, for the launch.

"I believe strongly that a family who plays together gets and stays healthy together. I encourage everyone to explore and experience the multitude of ways to be active outside," said LeBlanc. "It's good for moms, dads, kids, women and men -- anyone who wants to be fit and healthy for their families and themselves."

Visit vermontfitness.org for more information on Council initiatives.

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