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Plant-Based Diets: What Makes Them Healthy?

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Time and time again, research has shown that following a plant-based diet can help to prevent chronic illnesses, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Why is a Plant-Based Diet So Healthy? A plant-based diet is one that emphasizes a variety of vegetables, legumes, whole grains and fruit, but still may contain modest amounts of lean ...Read More

Suicide & Youth: Advice for Parents During National Suicide Prevention Week

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This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. Unfortunately, we’ve heard a lot about suicide lately in the news between the tragic death of Robin Williams to some startling new statistics from the World Health Organization. Here are some myths and facts that are important to remember: MYTH: Suicide is rare. FACT:  Suicide is the ...Read More

Osteoporosis: What it is & How to Avoid it

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When I ask women about what they fear the most about osteoporosis, they answer that it is the curvature of the spine, the so-called “dowager’s hump” as well as the associated loss of height, loss of self-esteem, and the overall feeling that they are old. In truth, osteoporosis is much more than a deformed ...Read More

Breast Cancer: 3 Lifestyle Choices to Make to Reduce Your Risk or Improve Your Survival Odds

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The Vermont Cancer Center’s 17th Annual Breast Cancer Conference will take place on October 10, 2014. To attend the conference, register here. Jennifer May, RD, will be a featured speaker. Eat this, don’t eat that. It’s good for you; now, it’s not. Exercise, but not too much, and not too little… Yikes! I think we all wish there were ...Read More

A Mother’s Story: The Birth of Alex and Zack, from A-Z

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Twins. A small word with big impact. Upon hearing the news that I was pregnant with not one, but two children, my mind raced. Could we manage twins with no family in the area? Could we afford three kids? Will I need bed rest? How early will they arrive? Will they be in the ...Read More

Your Diet: Eating 5 Fruits or Vegetables a Day is Easier Than You Think!

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Many of use grew up hearing “Eat your vegetables!” While we may not have wanted to hear it – or do it – the reality is, eating fruits and vegetables provides a lot of health benefits. People who eat five or more servings of vegetables and fruits as part of their daily meals and ...Read More

Fit Friday: Curious About Yoga?

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You’re curious about yoga. Why shouldn’t you be? It’s a popular form of exercise with a devoted following. Usually, we associate exercise with moving: we run and walk, push up and pull down, spin and squat. Yoga is about moving, too, but it’s usually slow movement that resembles stretching more than working out. How ...Read More

Matter of Balance: Preventing Injuries Due to Falls Among Older Adults

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Our Matter of Balance program coaches are real winners!  Our team of trained volunteer coaches are among the 49 Chittenden County volunteers to earn one of this year’s United Way Building Block Awards, which recognizes volunteers who help build a strong community in the areas of education, income and health.  The Matter of Balance program ...Read More

Stronger Together: How the University of Vermont Health Network Will Deliver Integrated Care

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I now have a better understanding of what the two administrators of Champlain Valley Hospital and Physicians Hospital went through in the late 1960s when they announced the merger of their venerable institutions. From their very beginnings, these two facilities excelled at providing exceptional care. In 1910, the Grey Nuns opened Champlain Valley Hospital, which offered ...Read More

Too Hip to Hop: Understanding Knee and Hip Replacement

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On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, from 6:00-7:30pm, David Halsey, MD, orthopedic surgeon, will present a free Community Medical School lecture titled “Too Hip to Hop: Understanding Knee and Hip Replacement.” Register to attend his lecture by clicking here. The following is a preview of the topics he will cover in his lecture. More than ...Read More