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Farm Share Friday: “This is the single best thing that’s ever improved my health – it was a life changer.”

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“This is the single best thing that’s ever improved my health – it was a life changer.”  Those were the words of a participant in Fletcher Allen’s first-ever Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share. Known as a “Health Share,” this program offered a weekly share of produce to 26 patients at Colchester Family Practice free of …Read More

Community Health: What’s a CSA — And, Why Do We Have One At Colchester Family Practice?

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What’s in three letters? Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) may be an abstract concept, but it became a memorable reality for some Colchester Family Practice patients this fall. As a family practice resident at Fletcher Allen Health Care, my work usually involves seeing patients one at a time in the hospital and clinic settings. I have …Read More

Patient Story: “I Shouldn’t Be Alive Today…But, I am”

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Eight years ago, I nearly died. I was driving home to my parent’s home in Malone, New York. It was a typical Tuesday afternoon. Other than a rain storm earlier, it was an unremarkable day. Suddenly, my world was spinning in front of me.  My car was hydroplaning out of control. I was flying…until my …Read More

App Watch: Smartphone Apps to Stop You From Texting & Driving

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Texting and driving can be a difficult task to stop, especially when you’re sitting in traffic and it’s just a quick message to say you’re on your way. But, this situation can be just as risky as texting while driving 70 mph down the interstate. To help protect you and the people around you, here …Read More

Recipe for Health: Braised Turkey Thighs With Currants

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Black currants have four times more Vitamin C than oranges. In fact, during World War II, the British government provided black currant syrup for free to English children to prevent scurvy. Braised Turkey Thighs With Currants (Makes Six Servings) 1/3 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 turkey …Read More

Recipe for Health: Roasted Potatoes with Fresh Sage

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Sage has been held in high regard for its culinary and medicinal properties. Its scientific name is derived from the Latin word “salver” which means “to be saved.” Some studies show that this herb may be helpful as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Thanksgiving: Baking Tips, Tricks, and a Recipe to Keep Your Holiday Dinner Healthy & Delicious

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Thanksgiving – the time for family, friends, and of course, food. It’s easy to go overboard when cooking up your holiday feast. With these easy tips and tricks, you can ensure that your Thanksgiving dinner is not only delicious, but healthier, too.

Everyone Loves Quitters…Here’s Why!

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The Great American Smoke Out is today. This is my call to any and all tobacco users to remind you of the importance of your health and well-being – and some ideas to think about regarding taking your hard earned money and keeping it in your own pocket instead of giving it to the tobacco …Read More

Living With Diabetes: How I Use Social Media to Connect With Other Patients

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Emotions. It’s not something that comes to mind when you think of someone living with diabetes. But believe it or not, there are many profound feelings and emotions involved with diabetes management. So often, diabetes is about a number. The number that corresponds to a fingerstick. Thenumber you get every three months at the endocrinologist’s …Read More

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

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