Alexandra Tursi is social media strategist at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Alexandra Tursi is social media strategist at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

The countdown to summer has begun. You want to shape up. The UVM Medical Center wants to help. That’s why we’ve created the June Jumpstart Fitness Giveaway. It’s a great way to get free stuff, while you get fit.


As we mark the days until summer over the next three weeks, our Facebook posts will be filled with tips, motivational thoughts, articles, recipes and more — each day with a theme of its own (Motivation Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work-it Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, Fit Friday, Social Saturday, and Soothing Sunday) and all of which you can put into daily use as you shape up for summer.

To help keep you motivated, we’re giving one grand prize winner a $500 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods. We’ll also be giving away weekly prizes from Umiak Outdoor Outfitters. Thanks to New England Federal Credit Union, we’ll be giving away gift cards at random every day to people who participate. That way you can buy the gear you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle all summer long.


On June 21st, the first day of summer, we will randomly pick a grand prize winner from everyone who comments on posts with the June Jumpstart Fitness Giveaway graphic. To be eligible for the grand prize, just add your comments beneath the posts (or, post a comment at the bottom of this blog post). The more you “like,” comment, share and check in, the more chances you have to win one of the daily or weekly prizes. Our daily prize is a $10 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods, sponsored by NEFCU. Our weekly prize is a rental, class or tour from Umiak Outdoor Outfitters.


  • “Like” a June Jumpstart Fitness Giveaway post. 
  • Comment on a June Jumpstart Fitness Giveaway post.
  • Share a June Jumpstart Fitness Giveaway post.
  • Post a picture of yourself doing things to get fit and use the hashtag #HealthySelfie.
  • Check-in at the park and gym and other places where you exercise with the hashtag #JuneJumpstart.


The June Jumpstart Fitness Giveaway isn’t just about prizes. And it’s not just about the countdown to summer. It’s about living healthier every day. So if you really want to be successful, follow our Pinterest Fitness Challenge board, where we’ll be cross-posting.

And check out our Fitness calendar later this summer, which will feature tips and articles and recipes, even after the contest is over. Get involved now. Because with the June Jumpstart Fitness Giveaway, summer is shaping up to be something special.

Alexandra Tursi is social media strategist at the University of Vermont Medical Center. 

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