Statewide wellness initiative launched

first_img‘It is our goal to empower 1,000 Vermonters to be accountable with their lives,’ Salmon said, ‘by providing a system that one can enter by simply declaring individual goals linked to clear outcomes. I’m excited and eager to get the ball rolling.’Salmon joined John Kleinhans, chairman of the Vermont State Colleges Student Association, and Deputy Health Commissioner Barbara Cimaglio, to record a 30-minute program for local access television to help explain the concept and how people can join or learn more. ‘The Vermont Department of Health and our partners are always looking for new ways to improve health outcomes,’ Cimaglio said. ‘Although Vermont is known as the healthiest state, substance abuse, smoking and obesity are still public health challenges. We support this innovative project and look forward to seeing how Vermonters respond.’Accountable to You, Accountable to Me is based on four different goals that Vermonters can pledge to accomplish by the conclusion of 2012, or 12 months from personal enrollment through March 31, 2013: quit smoking, stop drinking, lose 25 pounds, or save $2,012 to donate to a local Vermont charity or an individual project choice. Individuals may modify their declaration of pounds lost or dollars committed. Entrants who stay on course toward their chosen goal will be entered in a monthly prize bowl drawing with a cash reward donated by participants or businesses. Each participant will be paired up with a mentor that will make weekly electronic or phone contact and provide support.Accountable to You, Accountable to Me will be led on a day-to-day basis by John Kleinhans, and is open to all Vermonters. The program will include a social media campaign and active grassroots campaign based through all 14 counties in the state. ‘I am really excited,’ Kleinhans said. ‘This is a morale boosting vehicle where Vermonters can stand up and make themselves better and their communities better after a difficult year. If we could find 1,000 Vermonters to save 2012 dollars for others, that is over 2 million dollarsâ ¦It blows my mind!’ State Auditor Tom Salmon CPA announced the creation of the Accountable to You, Accountable to Me statewide wellness initiative. This program will encourage Vermonters to take a proactive role in their own personal health and wellness by focusing on accountability to one’s self and others who are part of their lives. By signing up to be held accountable to one’s individual health and/or savings goals, Vermonters will employ a new strategy to achieve better personal and community results in the year ahead.Vermonters will have an opportunity to sign up for one of the following categories:·        No Use of Alcohol·        No Use of Tobacco or any illegal substances·        Lose 25 pounds·        Save 2,012 dollars to donate to a Vermont charity.last_img read more

DSS defends decision to implement increase retirement age

first_imgLocalNews DSS defends decision to implement increase retirement age by: – September 6, 2011 Dominica Social Security buliding. Photo credit: investdominica.comThe Dominica Social Security is defending a decision to advocate for the implementation of an increase in retirement age and a higher contribution rate.A report has recommended that the retirement age move from 60 to 65 and the Dominica Social Security has been conducting sensitization meetings around Dominica.Deputy Director of the Dominica Social Security Augustus Etienne said the changes are imminent but the public’s impute is essential.“Because of the age of the system and because of the age of the population, we have a lot of people retiring and we are getting to point that the reserves that we have been able to accumulate overtime will be depleted in the future. When that happens we are going to have to charge people the real cost of the benefits that we are paying to them. In other to avid that, we have to make changes on a gradual basis so the system will be in place for future generations,” he said.He said the recommendations have been there for years but sometimes it’s difficult to implement some of those changes.“People are saying that things are looking bleak but every three years we are recommended by law to undertake a review which will indicate what changes will be made to the system. The system is not meant to be static. Overtime changes must be made and where you fail to make changes when you were suppose to make changes, the time will come when you will have to make drastic changes that will be too much for the people will deal at the time,” he explained.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share 14 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Wanted to open with Virender Sehwag someday, says India U-19 star Rishabh Pant

first_imgAfter losing the U-19 World Cup to West Indies Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishab Pant says their coach, cricketing legend Rahul Dravid told them to take the game as a lesson and learn from it.On February 14, the famed Indian batting line-up which had delivered all through the event, folded like a pack of cards in the final. India were skittled out for 145. West Indies then overhauled the target with five wickets and three deliveries to spare. “After the match, Rahul sir told us aIt is a lesson. You guys have to learn from it. But I am proud of what you all have achieved,” Pant told IANS in an interview over phone. (Rahul Dravid likely to mentor Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2016)”He also told me ‘You are my champion’. It does not matter to me if we win or lose, for me it is playing till the end.”When the left-handed opener was asked what went wrong on the Sunday morning at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Pant said: “It was just a bad day for us. Everything we did went wrong. Till then we had been playing good cricket. But on that day we lost quick wickets upfront. They (West Indies) were also bowling in very good areas, so it was difficult to score runs.”The 18-year-old just contributed a run to the score before being stumped. But Pant said he was not trying to be over aggressive and just playing his normal game.”No, I wasn’t trying to be over aggressive, was just trying to play normal cricket. I was trying to play on the merit of the ball,” he said.advertisementThe Delhi willower had blasted his way to the fastest fifty in the tournament with a 24-ball 78 against Nepal in the group stages and then scored a nelson against Namibia in the quarters. He also had another 57-run knock to his credit against New Zealand but Pant cannot just get over from the “disappointment” of the final.”It hurts. We are too much disappointed. Everybody is disappointed, even Rahul sir,” he said.India were able to take five wickets with West Indies at 77. Asked if the team thought they were in with a chance then, the Delhi lad said: “Yes, from the very beginning of their innings we believed we could win. More so when we reduced them to 77/5. We were diving, stopping shots, we tried our level best but it just wasn’t enough.”Besides Pant, Sarfaraz Khan sizzled with the bat for India in the tourney. He hit five half-centuries in the six matches he played in.”He is a very good player, a useful cricketer. He batted very well throughout. A player like him boosts any team,” Pant said.Pant’s ‘no-hanging-around in the middle’ ploy has led to people comparing him with Virender Sehwag.Asked about this, the youngster said he enjoys the comparison but has a long way to go before he can even get close to what the former Indian opener has achieved.”I have always liked Viru bhaiya’s batting. I wanted to open with him someday but now he is playing for Haryana so that won’t happen. I can’t compare myself with him, he is a legend. But I have heard people do it and I like it when somebody tells me I play fearless cricket like he used to,” Pant said.Pant also said his next target would be to break into the senior side and stay put there.”Yes, target would be to play for India (senior team). But I have to keep on performing well to get there. I have the opportunity now to show my skills in the IPL (Indian Premier League) and domestic cricket, but the rest will depend on the selectors, the coaches. But if I get there, I would want to there,” he said.Pant was looking forward to playing in the IPL where he would represent the Delhi Daredevils.”It is a good platform for us youngsters. Also there is money in it. So I am looking forward to it. Hope I can live up to expectations. I am pushing myself hard everyday at training so that I am ready for it,a he concluded.Pant also wished luck to the Indian team for the Asia Cup and the World T20.last_img read more