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Even Healthy People Can Get the Flu — Get Your Flu Vaccine Today!

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I work as a health educator in the Community Health Improvement Department at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Educating people to make healthy choices and to take measures to prevent illness is what we do; however, it took me a few years to realize that by not getting the flu vaccine, I was putting not only myself at risk of …Read More

New Vermont Law Bans Hand Held Electronic Devices While Driving

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On October 1, 2014, Vermont will have a new law pertaining to portable electronic devices while driving. This law is designed to reduce distracted driving, a dangerous phenomenon which is unfortunately becoming increasingly common – and deadly – both in Vermont and across the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving causes more …Read More

Food Matters: How & Why We Need to Bring Back the Family Table

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The Health Care Share Program at Fletcher Allen Health Care aims to improve access to healthy food for our patients. How? We provide a twelve-week, grant-funded farm share from the farm at Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC), a nutrition curriculum, cooking demonstrations, and kitchen tools. Now in our second season, the program serves 130 patients …Read More

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 meats, …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 second …Read More

New Dental Clinic: Meet Our Dentist-Residents!

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Fletcher Allen Dental and Oral Care will be the new home of our four dental residents starting August 2014. Our General Practice residency has been in Vermont for more than 50 years, housed in several locations, but finally has a state-of-the-art teaching clinic in South Burlington. We are unique in Vermont in hosting four dentists …Read More

Farm-to-Doctor’s Office: Health Shares Program Connects Vermont Farms with Local Hospitals

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It seems that in the blink of an eye, spring turned to summer and Vermont’s rolling farmland – once gray and muddy – came alive. I am writing to you from The Farm at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC), a special piece of land nestled in the Winooski River Valley, where summer is in …Read More

New Study: No Link Between Assisted Reproduction Techniques & Autism Related Genetic Events

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These days autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and assisted reproduction are both medical issues that frequently wind up in the media and are becoming ever more commonplace in our lives. The prevalence of ASD in U.S. children aged 6 to 17 years is estimated to be as high as 1 in 50 from recent data. While …Read More

New Practice: Fletcher Allen Opens Dental and Oral Health Facility in South Burlington

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I am delighted to be a part of the new Fletcher Allen Dental and Oral Health Care facility opening today. I feel fortunate to be here at an exciting time as we open our doors to dental patients. Fletcher Allen Health Care has a strong commitment to serving the dental needs of Vermonters. I am deeply …Read More

Heading for the Beach or Shore this Summer? Pay Attention & Use Common Sense to Avoid Health Risks

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Each summer, as the days get hotter, more and more folks pack up the kids and head for the water to bask in the sun, swim, boat, fish, and play. Lake Champlain, as well as Vermont’s many other lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams, provides abundant and diverse water-related recreational opportunities for young and old alike. …Read More

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