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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

Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome with the Power of Food

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects nearly 1 in 10 adults. If you don’t have IBS yourself, chances are you know someone who does. You also probably know that IBS is no fun and hard to predict. IBS is different for each person and can include from any or all of the following: upset stomach, bloating, …Read More

Apples: Pick Your Favorite to Keep the Doctor Away

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You’ve probably heard the old saying, “An apple a day will keep the doctor away.” How much truth is in that saying? These handy fruits are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, which make apples a perfect food to incorporate in a healthy lifestyle. Loaded with fiber, apples have been shown to help lower cholesterol, …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

Your Diet: Eating 5 Fruits or Vegetables a Day is Easier Than You Think!

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Many of use grew up hearing “Eat your vegetables!” While we may not have wanted to hear it – or do it – the reality is, eating fruits and vegetables provides a lot of health benefits. People who eat five or more servings of vegetables and fruits as part of their daily meals and snacks …Read More

Fit Friday: Curious About Yoga?

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You’re curious about yoga. Why shouldn’t you be? It’s a popular form of exercise with a devoted following. Usually, we associate exercise with moving: we run and walk, push up and pull down, spin and squat. Yoga is about moving, too, but it’s usually slow movement that resembles stretching more than working out. How can …Read More

Matter of Balance: Preventing Injuries Due to Falls Among Older Adults

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Our Matter of Balance program coaches are real winners!  Our team of trained volunteer coaches are among the 49 Chittenden County volunteers to earn one of this year’s United Way Building Block Awards, which recognizes volunteers who help build a strong community in the areas of education, income and health.  The Matter of Balance program is …Read More

Pink Ribbon Cooking: Recipe for Roasted Tomato Soup

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Intimately touched by his wife’s breast cancer diagnosis and the loss of her mother to lung cancer, Curtiss now channels his professional skills and time toward raising awareness and supporting organizations that are on the frontline in the fight against cancer. Learn more at www.pinkribboncooking.com.  From Chef Curtiss: Paired with crispy bread, a drizzle of the …Read More

Free Class Series: A Plan for When Life Starts to Spin in a Difficult Direction

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WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) workshops are free, and Abby Levinshon will be co-facilitating a workshop starting on September 4, 2014. To register, click here, call 847-5468, or email selfmanagement@vtmednet.org. Do you have a plan for when life starts to spin in a difficult direction? Maybe you feel as though you have barriers in life that …Read More

The Yum Plum: Discovering the Various Varieties (RECIPE Included)

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The plum packs a lot of essential nutrients into a small package! Plums come in a variety of colors and sizes, and all types are a good source of vitamins A, C, and E, folate and many of the B vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium. Plums are low in calories and are a …Read More

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