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Texting While Driving: The Risks of Distracted Driving

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Twenty-five years ago next month, I began working at Fletcher Allen Health Care as a new nurse on a busy surgical floor. After three years of varied surgical experience, I transferred to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, where I had my first contact with traumatically-injured patients. I learned quickly that these patients were often the …Read More

Get Moving: How to Run Your First 5K

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While not easy, the 5k distance is something that with a little training most everybody can tackle in just 9 weeks!  5k runs are less competitive than other events and are often for a good cause. Just think, you can start running, reap the physical benefits AND help out your community, too! To start training …Read More

A Type I Diabetic’s Journey to Her First Triathlon

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This is the first in a series of blog posts by Jess Buchanan, a Vermont woman training for her first triathlon. Jess was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 2007. What do you think of when you hear the word diabetes? Well, my name is Jess, I have Type 1 (T1) diabetes. I’m here to …Read More

New Atrial Appendage System for Patients With Atrial Fibrillation

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A new device may help eliminate the need for blood thinner medications in patients with atrial fibrillation who are at high risk for stroke. Atrial fibrillation is the most common electrical abnormality of the heart – and it becomes increasingly common the older we get. It is also one of the most common causes of …Read More

What to Eat After a Marathon

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Maybe this is your first marathon season, or maybe you are a veteran. Either way the feeling of “now what” is an inevitable and natural progression to your running. And, chances are that, in particular, you are wondering this as it relates to eating. Now that I am not running as much, how should I …Read More

How to Make Your Memorial Day Barbecue Healthy, Seasonal & Delicious

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For many, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of barbecue season. For Richard Jarmusz, executive chef at Fletcher Allen, it’s the perfect time to change up your menu with local meats, seasonal vegetables, and your own homemade BBQ sauce (hint: it’s easier than you think to make!). Chef Jarmusz provides his tips – and a …Read More

Kids on the Run: Dos and Don’ts for Kid-Friendly Running

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How old were you when you started running? I was 10. Today, I run every day. Simply put, I love running and I run various events from relays to ultra-marathons.  This year, my next run is with the “Witness to Fitness” team at the Vermont City Marathon with a group of very different runners, from …Read More

The Last Supper: What To Eat the Night Before a Marathon

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What should I eat the night before the marathon is a question that I have been asked with a fair degree of regularity. Most runners, even those who have not been mindful about their eating throughout their training, are zeroed in on what they are planning to eat the night before their race. Traditions are …Read More

What to Eat for Lunch When You’re Training for a Marathon

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Let’s do lunch. With the Vermont City Marathon just around the corner, it is a perfect time to schedule a lunch date…with yourself. Lots of runners I work with often skip lunch in lieu of sneaking in a quick mid-day run. If that is you, now is not the time to continue such habits. In …Read More

Angelina Jolie’s Breast Reconstruction Choice Highlights Advances in Field

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Angelina Jolie was in the news last week. This time, it was for a very different reason than movies, beauty, or even humanitarianism. As many of those reading may already know, Jolie wrote an op-ed for The New York Times explaining her decision to have both of her breasts removed and reconstructed in order to …Read More

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