Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month!

Summer in Vermont…. bluebird skies, vibrant greens of the trees and meadows, flowers blooming in their bright, stunning hues, the beautiful sound of birds singing, the shimmering crystal blue waters of our lakes and streams…Vermont has it all. Not only is the environment stunningly beautiful and awe inspiring but it’s also good for us.

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An ounce of prevention….

We’ve all heard the old saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  The phrase was coined back in 1736 by Benjamin Franklin to remind the people of Philadelphia to be vigilant about fire awareness and prevention. Regardless of the issue we are referring to, prevention is always easier that managing challenges after they have occurred. When it comes to our health and well-being, this adage most definitely rings true.

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Gratitude for Corinna Noelke

We are writing today to share that our Executive Director, Corinna Noelke, has decided to depart Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium. She will be assuming the role of Senior Vice President of Administration with Lockstep Technology Group of Atlanta. We are delighted for her and wish her all the best in her new endeavors.

Corinna Noelke
Executive Director Corinna Noelke

Corinna began her role as Executive Director seven years ago and has been instrumental in creating what we know today as the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium. She solidified partnerships and led the strategy that has helped streamline the member colleges’ administrative work through her leadership and efforts. Over her tenure, Corinna grew the Consortium to 20 employees and managed an operating budget of over $4 million. She has well earned the respect of this Board and the leadership at all three of our Colleges. Her impact on the Consortium’s colleges is invaluable.

Corinna has worked with the Board over the past few weeks to assist with the transition. Her last official day at the Consortium will be May 26th, and she has agreed to continue to assist in the transition beyond this date.

The GMHEC officers, representing all three founding members, are working to determine a leadership structure during this transition, and we will communicate to the campuses on the progress in the coming week.

We are very grateful to Corinna and her leadership over the last seven years. We are also incredibly fortunate for the team that will continue to support the Consortium and our partners who will continue to carry on the work that Corinna started. Please join us in wishing Corinna every success in her new role.

Very truly yours,

David J. Provost, Board President
Rob Robinson, Board Secretary
Shelley Navari, Board Treasurer
Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium Officers

Join us for the annual Step Up For Stepping Strong Challenge

All faculty, staff and students of the GMHEC colleges are invited to join the Green Mountain Higher Ed. Consortium team for the annual Step Up for Stepping Strong steps challenge supporting The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  The challenge runs from May 1st through the 31st.  Be part of an effort to raise a $100,000 gift to advance trauma research provided by Cigna, honor and support those who have been affected by trauma and be entered into weekly drawings to win gift cards. There is no cost to participate.   Download the MoveSpring app and join us today. 

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Fuel Your Life Nutrition Challenge

March is National Nutrition Monday and there is no better way to celebrate and have some fun than with a nutrition challenge.  The Fuel Your Life Challenge is a self-administered 4-week nutrition challenge designed to support participants to improve their eating habits.  It will run from Monday, March 7th through Friday, April 1st.  Each week of the challenge is focused on a different goal:

  • Week 1 – Making a small change to improve an eating habit
  • Week 2 – Upgrading lunch to be healthier
  • Week 3 – Cutting down consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Week 4 – Planning and preparing meals
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When it comes to heart health, keep it simple

Rarely do we think about our heart and the incredible job that it does to keep us alive.  Since February is American Heart Month there is no better time to think about our heart and consider what we might do to keep it strong and healthy.  The heart is the hardest working muscle in our body and is responsible for delivering oxygen to every cell in our body (except the cornea).  Our heart works tirelessly every second of every day of our lives and it never gets a break.   Consuming a healthy diet, engaging in regular physical activity, avoiding tobacco and reducing stress are essential to keeping our heart in top shape and essential to helping our heart keep up with its tremendous demands.

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Six Ways to Stay Safe and Enjoy Yourself This Holiday Season

Turn on the radio or television or log in to your social media accounts and you’ll likely see messages about the holidays being “the most wonderful time of the year”.  While that may be the case for many of us, we may also find this time of year to be one of the most stressful.  We’re feeling the pinch of having to wrap up year-end projects at work.  We’re overwhelmed with our finances and the supply chain crisis and how this will impact our holiday shopping.  We’ve been indulging in holiday goodies and our waistbands are feeling a too tight for comfort.  On top of all of that we’ve got Covid and the worry about new variants and how this will impact us and our loved ones.  Despite these challenges, it is possible to enjoy the holidays and do it safely.  Here are five strategies to help you stay safe and well this holiday season.

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Take small steps

November is National Diabetes Month so it’s the perfect time to talk about prediabetes.  Prediabetes is a serious health condition affecting more than 88 million Americans, most of whom don’t even know they have it.  Prediabetes puts you at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  In fact, people who have prediabetes have a 50% chance of developing diabetes over the next 5 to 10 years.  The good news though is that by making small lifestyle changes, it is possible to manage or reverse prediabetes and prevent it from turning into type 2 diabetes.    

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The Power of Gratitude

A couple of years ago I read a fascinating and very practical book called “Positivity” by Barbara Fredrickson, PhD.  In the book, Dr. Fredrickson discusses her Broaden and Build Theory of positivity and the power of positivity to transform our lives.  Her theory states that positive emotions such as love, joy, and gratitude, promote new and creative actions, ideas, and social bonds which open us up to new possibilities and that these positive emotions can be drawn upon in times of stress to enhance our resilience and well-being. 

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