The World Health Organization recognizes wellness as “…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Here in northeastern Vermont, the NEK Council on Aging provides information on two types of wellness programs: the practice of Tai Chi and Pets for Life for companion animals.

Tai Chi

Golden Ball Tai Chi (pronounced TIE CHEE) is an ancient Chinese practice. This graceful form of exercise is used to reduce stress and modify a variety of other health conditions. Authorized instructors lead the weekly classes.

Tai Chi Sun Style is widely acknowledged as effective for offsetting the advances of arthritis. Authorized trainers lead the weekly classes.

List of All Wellness Classes in 3 Counties


Pets for Life

In 2009 the NEK Council on Aging launched Meals to Pets, a program to help Meals on Wheels recipients in-need by supplying them with food for their companion animals. Generous support from the Banfield Charitable Trust and the Meals on Wheels Association helped this endeavor get started.

With increased community awareness that companion animals can have a huge positive influence on the lives of older adults and homebound Vermonters, the Council in 2010 established the Northeast Kingdom Pets for Life. Donations to this program are gratefully accepted at all our offices.

Pets for Life is intended for the domestic animals – furry or winged ─ that keep company with an older or disabled adult. Any Meals on Wheels recipients may inquire for assistance.

If you want to find out more about our wellness, contact us by phone: 1-800-642-5119 or by e-mail: info@NEKCouncil.org.