Three-quarters of Vermont’s terrain is covered by forests, making it the second least populous state in the U.S., after Wyoming. This New England state, which shares a border with Canada, is known for its high production of maple syrup – a staple for locals – and for its mountains, which attract many winter sport-loving tourists when snow falls.
But beneath Vermont’s scenic landscapes and thriving cities, the state faces a troubling fact: nearly a quarter of its youth are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.
Thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.
Our Work in Vermont
In Vermont, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
Nearly 100 schools serving over 30,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, one school in Vermont has been recognized with a National Healthy Schools Award for their outstanding efforts.
We’ve also made it easier for more than 2,500 youth in 15 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more through our Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative.