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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

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

Tips for Talking with Your Doctor

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The single most important way you can stay healthy is to be an active member of your own health care team. In the past, the patient-doctor relationship was one-directional—the doctor typically took the lead and the patient followed. Today, a good patient-doctor relationship is a partnership. How well you and your doctor talk to each …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

Fruit: The Best Ways to Add Fruit to Your Diet

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Summer is a great time for fruit – berries, stone fruits, and melons are at peak ripeness and flavor. It’s also the perfect time of year to focus on eating more fruit every day, and develop the habit of including fruit with every meal and as a focus of snacks. Why? Eating fruit provides many …Read More

Shape Up: Fletcher Allen Launches Facebook Summer Fitness Calendar

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Do you want to shape up this summer? Fletcher Allen Health Care wants to help you achieve your goals! We have launched a new Facebook Summer Fitness Calendar for you. During July and August, we will have a new calendar post every day featuring a tip about physical fitness, nutrition, stress management, and simple inspiration …Read More

Deep Vein Thrombosis: A Survivor’s Story

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Two years, three months, and 24 days have passed since November 25, 2011 – the day my life changed forever. I awoke around 3 a.m. that day with a sensation in my chest area that I will never forget. It was not until I sat up that I noticed my heart was racing so fast it …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

Fitness Files: Knee Health and Performance Cycling

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This is part of a series of guest blog posts about the health benefits of cycling. Guest contributor Bobby Bailey, Director Sportif of The Dealer.com Cycling Team and Head Coach at 1K2GO SPORTS, will provide advice, tips, and more in this regular series. For beginners and lifelong cyclists alike! My journey back to elite-level cycling …Read More

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