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Aloha Program Inspires Winter Exercise

Armen Hareyan's picture

Anyone spotted in Montpelier exercising in sub-zero temperatures wearing a flowered Hawaiian lei during the next eight weeks is probably showing off for the Vermont Department of Health.

The Health Department has teamed with community partners for "Aloha!" - a local program that will award prizes to central Vermonters who are physically active during the long, cold weeks of winter.

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Registration for Aloha! will be held on Wednesday, February 14 at City Hall in Montpelier at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 6 p.m. A $5 fee is required to participate and registration is limited to the first 200 adults who sign up.

On February 14, registrants will receive their lei and a log to track and monitor their activity level. Volunteer "life guards" will be looking for Aloha! participants. Each time they are spotted being physically active while wearing their lei, whether they are walking the dog, shoveling snow, lifting weights, dancing, or snowshoeing, they earn additional consideration for the grand prize.

Registrants also receive an activity log, nutrition information promoting at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, maps of walking routes in town including the parks and bike path, and a free pass to one of the fitness centers in town. They also will get a ticket to the luau