Our annual Mountain Days signature event invites neighbors to hike their way to a healthy summer.
Berlin, Vermont — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont invites our neighbors to come together to enjoy Mountain Days, a fun annual event that brings people of all ages and abilities out to hike a mountain or favorite trail. The idea was sparked by the energetic Blue Cross Windham County Community Advisory Board in 2001, when they invited their community to join them in what became an annual hike up Mt. Wantastiquet. This event inspired several hiking events across Vermont in the spring.
“I love Mountain Days because it brings together community, wellness, and the beauty of our natural environment, three things that mean Vermont to so many of us,” said Megan Peek, Community Relations and Health Promotion Director at Blue Cross VT.
Blue Cross VT is inviting Vermonters across the state to get a healthy start to the summer season by recruiting a friend or family member to hike a mountain together. Exercising together with friends offers an easy camaraderie through conquering a shared goal, which has tremendous benefits for emotional and physical wellness.
The in-person event is on Saturday, May 13th from 10 AM – 2 PM at the site of our first-ever event on Mt. Wantastiquet (Mt. Wantastiquet Mountain Nature Area Trails, 244 Mountain Road, West Chesterfield, NH). This mountain serves as the beautiful backdrop of Brattleboro’s downtown, outlined behind the Connecticut River. We will provide free Mountain Day t-shirts, healthy snacks and water. No RSVP is required, and the event is open to all. Invite a friend and mark your calendar.
If Brattleboro is too far of a trek, join our virtual event that will run from Saturday, May 13th – Saturday, June 3rd. During that time, we invite people from across the state to post a photo of yourself conquering a mountain or a nature trail on the Blue Cross Facebook or Instagram page for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel. For each photo shared, you will help us give back to our community: Blue Cross will donate $5 to Vermont Parks Forever Access Fund, which grants free park passes to hundreds of Vermonters each year.
If you’ve sworn off social media, you are still welcome to participate by submitting your photo the old-fashioned way by snail mail to the attention of our Community Wellness team or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Taking to the trails with a friend is a favorite annual tradition,” says Peek. “Fresh air, physical exertion and good conversation set off endorphins and bring a feeling of wellbeing that stays with me long after I’ve kicked off my hiking shoes.”
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is Vermont’s only local, not-for-profit health plan. For over 30 years, the company has been enhancing the health and well-being of the Vermonters we serve by offering innovative plans to individuals, older Vermonters, and businesses. Our employees are dedicated to developing new ways to support high-quality care, programs, and events that promote wellness. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.