May Is A Busy Month, and We At FamilyWize Are Here to Highlight It All!

 

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Health and Wellness Newsletter – May 2016

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May is a busy month, and we at FamilyWize are here to highlight it all!

Several of our partners, with whom we work closely to provide prescription relief and health information to millions of people nationwide, are featured in this month’s newsletter. Please forward this to anyone else who you’d like to see enjoy an even happier and healthier life:

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10 things you can do to create a psychologically healthy work environment

A healthy workplace is one where individuals feel valued and supported, provides a positive workspace, and shows respect for other aspects of a person’s life. If you’re uncertain as to whether your workplace is on the path to wellness, the signs below may provide some helpful tips:

Did You Know? You can use the FamilyWize card and app for all of your REFILLS, too? Every time you go to the pharmacy, make sure you bring along your card or app and show it to the pharmacist. This will ensure you get the lowest possible price on your meds! #fweverytime
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  1. Productive Atmosphere. Clean, functional and well-lit space. Good working relationship with all staff. Employees feel respected, appreciated, incentivized, and rewarded. Signs of intimidation, bullying, sexual harassment, and fear are absent.
  2. Livable wage. Providing a livable wage encourages a committed and sustained workforce.
  3. Reasonable accommodation. Employers and employees have to work collaboratively to identify reasonable accommodations (not special treatment) in the workplace for physical as well as mental disabilities. From changing physical work space and schedule to the use of interpreters or technologically adapted equipment, it can run the gamut.
  4. Health, Wellness, & Environment. Provide a comprehensive health insurance plan including smoking-cessation, weight-loss, and substance abuse programs.
  5. Open Communication. Keep the communication process transparent. Creating an environment of open communication contributes to a more energetic and productive workforce where all employees can feel invested in the company.
  6. Employee Accountability. It takes two to make a healthy workplace. Employees have to come with a “can-do” attitude and be willing to support each other as well as management.
  7. Management Accountability. Allow employees to provide work-related feedback to their supervisors. It can be anonymous to avoid the possibility of negative repercussions.
  8. Work/Life Balance. We now live in a world where technology is available to keep us connected to work around the clock. Work options such as flexible scheduling, hoteling (reservation-based unassigned seating) or telecommuting ought to be implemented if applicable.
  9. Clear & Positive Values. Be transparent and definitive about what the organization stands for. People in as well as outside of the company should have a good understanding of this.
  10. Fitness. Offer a gym membership, fitness class or even just an exercise space that encourages employees to become physically active and stay fit. If possible, incentivize employees to access such services

www.mentalhealthamerica.net

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Stroke Awareness Month…
starts this week, and the first thing to know is that 80 percent of all strokes are preventable. It starts with managing key risk factors, including high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, atrial fibrillation and physical inactivity. More than half of all strokes are caused by uncontrolled hypertension or high blood pressure, making it the most important risk factor to control.
Medical treatments may be used to control high blood pressure and/or manage atrial fibrillation among high-risk patients. Those medicines include:

  • Anticoagulants/Antiplatelets Antiplatelet agents such as aspirin and anticoagulants, such as warfarin, interfere with the blood’s ability to clot and can play an important role in preventing stroke. Read more about anticoagulants.
  • Antihypertensives Antihypertensives are medications that treat high blood pressure. Depending on the type of medication, they can lower blood pressure by opening the blood vessels, decreasing blood volume or decreasing the rate and/or force of heart contraction. Learn about the types of antihypertensives.

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May is also Older Americans Month!
Did you know that one of the best ways to stay healthy as you age is to focus on preventing diseases and chronic conditions before they can develop? Many disease screenings and other preventive services are actually covered (for free) by Medicare! Check out this “6 Secret Benefits of Medicare” guide to learn more, via our partners at My Medicare Matters.
MyMedicareMatters.org facebook.com/MyMedicareMatters twitter.com/MyMedicareNCOA

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Plan to participate in the 24th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive

Plan to participate in the 24th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive for local food shelves on Saturday, May 14th. 

Last year in the GMUW five counties, 19,000 pounds of food were collected and distributed to 24 food shelves in our area.  It’s the biggest one-day national food drive and comes at a critical time when food pantries are near empty after the winter. 

In Vermont, nearly 13% of households are considered to be food insecure.

So, let’s all help to Stamp Out Hunger by contributing some non-perishable items on the morning of May 14th. 

Just leave your items in a bag or box at your mailbox and your letter carrier will pick them up.  Or, bring them directly to your post office for delivery to your community’s food shelf. 

For more info:  www.gmunitedway.org/blog/24th-annual-nalc-food-drive/.

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Spring Has Arrived… and So Has Our New Website!

 


I hope you can join us for GMC’s 106th Annual Meeting hosted by the Northeast Kindom Section at Lyndon State College on Friday and Saturday, June 10-11.

Northeast KingdomConnect with fellow GMC members for a weekend of fun and hiking. There will be a work hike on Friday, followed by a reception with music in the evening. The main event is Saturday with the Annual Meeting, lunch, and a variety of guided hikes around the scenic Northeast Kingdom. This year, writer and field naturalist, Bryan Pfeiffer, will be presenting vivid images and tales from the frontiers of science and the trail.

Check out our website for details and registration. I hope to see you there!

Jenny Montagne
Membership & Volunteer Coordinator


Camel's HumpOur New Website is Here
Take a Look Inside

We
are so excited to present our new website to you! We
are thankful to Earthlogic for all of their hard work in helping us create this new site for us, and for donating half of the cost to the Green
Mountain Club. A few things you can do while you are there: renew your membership, find hiking information, and read our new blog.


Yucky Muddy TrailMud Season in the Mountains
Please Stay off Muddy & High Elevation Trails

We ask hikers to stay off muddy trails from now until Memorial Day weekend; the trails are wet, muddy, and prone to erosion. Hikers walking on saturated soils or on the sides of trails cause irreversible damage to surrounding vegetation, widen trails, and inhibit natural drainage of our beloved hiking trails. Learn more

 


Black BearBe Bear Aware
Bear Activity Reported

This is the time of year in Vermont where you start to hear about bear activity in the mountains. While living and recreating with bears is nothing new in Vermont and negative incidents in the backcountry are rare, it is important to remember that they do occur. Read more about bear awareness in the backcountry.

 


Vehicle DonationVehicle Donations Needed
Help the Long Trail Patrol this Season 

Our beloved Dakota (pictured), who after 21 years with GMC, has retired. Without Dakota around, the Long Trail Patrol needs pickup trucks and other gently used vehicles to continue its vital work maintaining the Long Trail.

Do you have a vehicle that can help the Long Trail? Email Matt Krebs.

 

 Visit our web site

Green Mountain Club. © 2016 All rights reserved.
Green Mountain Club ~ 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd. Waterbury Center, VT 05677

 

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National Foster Care Month & Tatum’s Totes Program at GMUW

May is National Foster Care Month – a perfect time for everyone to become acquainted with the Green Mountain United Way’s Tatum’s Totes Program.

We most likely all know someone who is experiencing or has been through the foster care system.  It often is a very traumatic change in lifestyle for a child or a youth even when their previous home life was far from ideal.  In many instances, having to move into a foster home happens very quickly for the protection of the child.  That child may have to leave home with only the clothes on his back.

The Tatum’s Totes Program was created with these thoughts in mind – to provide a backpack or tote of items the children can call their own given to them by social workers at the Dept. of Children and Families (DCF) at the time of the move.  These backpacks contain age-appropriate items like books, games and activities, personal hygiene items, a fuzzy blanket, some basic clothing, and small toys.

Green Mountain United Way is pleased to be working in partnership with the Barre District DCF office as the organization collecting items for these bags, filling them and making them available for whatever number of children and youth are going into foster care in Washington County.  We hope to eventually expand the program to our other counties.  Since GMUW started this program in the Barre District this past winter, ten bags have been given to foster kids.

Since May is National Foster Care Month, we hope you will want to learn more about this program and consider supporting it so that children who are moving into an unknown foster home will have something to call their own and gain some feeling of security because of your help.  Many people have already come forth with donations of money or items for the children. You can also be a part of this very important program.

For more information, call Pam at GMUW at 802-622-8056 or email her at pbailey@gmunitedway.org and please show “Support for Tatum’s Totes” in the subject line.   Read more about this program at

www.gmunitedway.org/blog/green-mountain-united-way-leads-tatums-totes-effort/.

 

You can learn more about National Foster Care Month here:  https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/

 

 

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GMUW Hires Director of Funding & Program Development

GMUW Hires Director of Funding & Program Development

 

 

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Executive Director’s Message

Tawnya Kristen
Tawnya Kristen
Carrie Stahler
Carrie Stahler

Dear Friends-

Each day I consider myself fortunate to be able to do the work I do, not only for the opportunity it provides in serving the community I love, but also for the chance to work alongside some amazing people.  The work GMUW staff and volunteers do each day is rarely easy, but because of our shared commitment to care for our community, daily challenges are seen as opportunity rather than obstacles.

I am very pleased to welcome a new member to this great team, Carrie Stahler, as the Director of Funding and Program Development.  Carrie joins us with a wealth of knowledge in both marketing and project management and has already brought new energy to our outreach, marketing and campaign process.  Prior to joining us, Carrie was the Marketing Programs Coordinator for High Mowing Organic Seeds of Wolcott.  She has also in the past run her own marketing and design firm, Siren Marketing and Design, and was employed by Onion River Sports as Marketing Director from 2006 to 2012.  She has a degree in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design.  Carrie volunteers as a Board member of Montpelier Alive, Montpelier’s downtown association, and is very happy to return to central Vermont to serve her community as an employee of the local United Way and as a volunteer in the community.

I am so proud to be part of this GMUW family which includes you.  I look forward to each step we take in growing our results-based services and providing the foundation for better health, education and income for the communities we serve.

Thank you as always for your support and belief in living united.

Warm regards,
Tawnya

 Participate in the 24th Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive

PosterOn Saturday, May 14, 2016, the 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive will happen all over the country.  This is the biggest one-day food drive that takes place with over 70 million pounds of food collected last year alone.  In the GMUW region of Caledonia, Essex, Orleans, Orange and Washington Counties, people donated over 19,000 pounds of food that we arranged to have delivered to 24 food shelves.

Locally, Green Mountain United Way is marketing this event so that people in all our five counties are aware that they can donate non-perishable food items that will be turned over to the nearest food shelf in their towns.  For example, in the Barre area, food will be delivered to the Hedding Church and to St. Monica’s, and in Montpelier, to the Montpelier Food Pantry and to the Christ Church Food Pantry.  In the Newport area, all foods donated will go to NEKCA and in the St. Johnsbury area, to the Kingdom Food Shelf.

The process is very simple.  On the morning of May 14th, if you have a letter carrier who delivers mail to your home place your items in a bag or box near your mailbox and the carrier will pick it up and bring to the post office for delivery to the food shelf.  If you do not have a carrier, just bring your items directly to your post office and they will be happy to accept your donation.

Remember to only donate non-perishable items (canned goods, pasta, cereal, rice, beans, etc.) and please do not include any outdated items as the food shelves will only have to throw them out as per government regulations.  Please participate in this very important event, which makes a significant difference in food insecure homes.

For more information, please feel free to call GMUW in Barre at 802-622-8056, in Derby Line at 802-647-2148 or in St. Johnsbury at 802-745-0101.
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 May is National Foster Care Month

May has been named National Foster Care Month – a perfect time for everyone to become acquainted with our new Tatum’s Totes Program.

We most likely all know someone who is experiencing or has been through the foster care system.  It often is a very traumatic change in lifestyle for a child or a youth even when their previous home life was far from ideal.  In many instances, having to move into a foster home happens very quickly for the protection of the child.  That child may have to leave home with only the clothes on his back.

The Tatum’s Totes Program was created with these thoughts in mind – to provide a backpack or tote of items the children can call their own given to them by social workers at the Dept. of Children and Families (DCF) at the time of the move.  These backpacks contain age-appropriate items like books, games and activities, personal hygiene items, a fuzzy blanket, some basic clothing, and small toys.

Green Mountain United Way has agreed to be the organization collecting items for these bags, filling them and making them available for whatever number of children and youth are going into foster care in Washington County.  We hope to eventually expand the program to our other counties.  Since GMUW started this program for the Barre District of DCF this past winter, ten bags have been given to foster kids.

Since May is National Foster Care Month, this is a perfect time for you to consider supporting this program so that children who are moving into an unknown foster home will have something to call their own and gain some feeling of security because of your help.  Many people have already come forth with donations of money or items for the children.  You can also be a part of this very important program.

For more information, call Pam at GMUW at 802-622-8056 or email her at pbailey@gmunitedway.org and please show “Support for Tatum’s Totes” in the subject line.

 Round 2 for Micro Grant Applications Still Open

There’s still time for nonprofit organizations in Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans or Washington counties to make application for a Green Mountain United Way Micro Grant.  Applications will be accepted through May 6, 2016.

These Micro Grants are not to exceed $250.00 each and are designed to fund supplies or equipment for projects that align with the GMUW priority areas of Education, Income or Health.  The actual application form and eligibility and funding parameters can be found at:
www.gmunitedway.org/our-partners/community-investments/.  On that page, click on the Micro Grants tab.
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 Tip of the Month

The Healthy Vermonters 2020 publication put out by the Vermont Dept. of Health indicates that in 2010, of the adults who reported being obese, 62% of them suffered from diabetes, 44% had heart disease or stroke and 44% also had hypertension.    That report also shows that only 35% of Vermont adults who have a healthy weight eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables each day, 27% are overweight and 22% are obese.

We all can admit to cheating once in a while and allowing ourselves to eat some non-healthy foods, but with these kinds of statistics we should all make a big effort to improve our health by consuming more fruits and vegetables instead of foods that contain an overabundance of fat, sodium or sugars.

Resolve today to become and stay healthier by snacking on fruit and adding vegetables to your diet.  Your energy level will rise, you might lose some weight, you’ll find that your sleep habits will improve and you will generally feel much better.

 Community Forums & Events

  • May 2016: National Foster Care Month.  This will be a great time for you to contribute to the GMUW Tatum’s Totes Program through which we outfit children and youth going into foster care with backpacks of items they can call their own.  For more information, please visit www.gmunitedway.org/blog/green-mountain-united-way-leads-tatums-totes-effort/.
  • May 2016: Older Americans Month.  Make a special effort to spend some time with seniors, give them a hand and you’ll be amazed at how satisfying it will be.
  • May 2016: National Bike Month.  Dust off your bicycle and get out there and ride.  After the long winter, what a perfect way to limber up and get some exercise!
  • May 11, 2016: Randolph Substance Abuse Forum World Café from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  GMUW will be co-facilitating a conversation with community members of Randolph and surrounding towns in an open forum to discuss opiate abuse concerns and solutions.  The venue for this forum is still to be determined.  If interested in attending, please contact Tawnya at GMUW at 802-622-8056.
  • May 17, 2016: Hunger in Vermont with the Candidates for Governor at The Chapel at Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Street, Montpelier from 2 to 4 pm.
  • May 2016: Central Vermont Chamber Mixer co-hosted by GMUW and Westaff.  Together they will be promoting Tatum’s Totes at the mixer, a program providing children entering foster care with a backpack, diaper bag or duffle bag filled with special items to help ease the transition.  To help the efforts they will be collecting donations at the mixer.  The date and time for this mixer has yet to be determined.  If interested, please contact Tawnya at GMUW at 802-622-8056.
  • June 4, 2016: Senator Leahy’s 20thth Annual Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference at Vermont Tech in Randolph from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  GMUW will be a guest panelist discussing strategies for how businesses can connect with and support their communities.

 

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