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Lyme Disease: How to Protect Yourself This Summer

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Summer in Vermont is the season for fresh berries, sweet corn, glorious hikes, swimming in the lake, and, unfortunately, it is also a season to worry about developing Lyme disease. Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. The bacterium is transmitted to humans through the bite of a deer tick. …Read More

Vermont Now One of Top 3 States for Lyme Disease

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This article was written by Meredith King and originally published on the UVM Brainwaves Blog, published by University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education. See more at: http://learn.uvm.edu/health-blog/lyme-disease-on-the-rise-in-vermont Ten or 20 years ago, most Vermonters never gave Lyme disease a second thought. It was a distant threat, something that people in, say, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey …Read More

Life Jackets: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (& Need to Know!)

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Summer is so many things to all of us. For many, it means fun on and in the water: swimming, boating, water skiing – and much more. We are lucky to live near some beautiful places for recreation on the water. There is one important accessory for any summer adventure on the water: a life …Read More

From Patient to Intern: How One Girl’s Experience with a Life-Threatening Illness Turned Her Into a Vermont Children’s Hospital Champion

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Hello, my name is Victoria LaRen. I am currently the Development Intern for the Fletcher Allen Health Care Foundation. My passion for Vermont Children’s Hospital began when I was six years old and admitted to the hospital with a rare life-threatening illness called Congenital Intestinal Gestational Malrotation. Every year, my determination for raising funds and …Read More

Lawnmower Safety: 12 Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe This Summer

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It is summer once again — and that means time to mow our lawns. Every summer — and every year — is different when it comes to your child. He or she is a little older. That is why it is important to make lawnmower safety a dinnertime conversation every year. There are simple rules you …Read More

Heat Safety: If You Can’t Stand the Heat…

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While Vermont isn’t known for its heat, we all know that once it hits 90 degrees for a few days, it gets oppressive! And, we all know it’s not a dry heat. Once the high temperatures combine with high humidity you have the recipe for uncomfortable conditions. We value our summers here in Vermont, and …Read More

Have a (Safe) Blast on the Fourth of July!

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With the Fourth of July coming up, parents may be firing off questions about whether or not they should allow their children to light fireworks, even the smaller types. Vermont law only allows the use of sparklers less than 14 inches long with no more than 20 grams of pyrotechnic mixture, keeping them in compliance …Read More

New Law Makes it Illegal to Smoke in Car With Children

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I remember the days of bouncing around the backseat of the car with my friend, while her dad drove us to ballet class. We did not wear seat belts at that time, as it was not required.  It was a short drive, about 30 minutes, which was just enough time for him to smoke a couple …Read More

Fit Kids: New Programs in Colchester Help Children Get Physical Activity…And Have Fun, Too!

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Jack’s face is flushed as he leaves the playing field, but he’s got a huge smile on his face. He high-fives a member of his team and revels in their narrow 2-1 victory over the other team. He’s just completed a game of soccer, but you won’t see this version in the upcoming World Cup. …Read More

High School Graduation: A Time of Mixed Emotions for All

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This is the time of high school graduations. Many of these young adults will be spending perhaps their last summer at home before going off to college, while others will be entering the workforce. Some will have their next step securely in place, while others may be less sure about what to do for the …Read More

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