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Springtime Blues: Why the Warm Weather Can Get Us Down & Remedies to Get Back Up!

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With warm days gradually emerging, some of us may be feeling more depressed, instead of happy and sunny and light. How can that be? Isn’t everyone supposed to love the bright sun, energy and opportunities of spring? Is there something wrong with us if we feel like closing the blinds and crawling under the covers …Read More

7 Ways to Stay Socially Connected for Better Personal Well-Being

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Social contact is an important aspect of life. We human beings are social creatures with an emotional need for relationships and positive connections to others. We’re not meant to survive, let alone thrive, in isolation. Social connections not only give us pleasure, they also influence our wellbeing. Meaningful and lasting social connections can serve as …Read More

Wellness Story: Why 127 Is My New Lucky Number

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I sat anxiously in my doctor’s office. This was the moment of truth. After a year of dedicating myself to getting healthier, the numbers were finally in. Yes, I had lost 30 pounds – anyone could see that from the outside, but what was happening on the inside? My physician turned to me and said: …Read More

Pink Ribbon Cooking: Recipe for Sole Piccata

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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: Piccata is a classic preparation of a food …Read More

Fitness Files: 3 Ways to Prepare for Summer Training by Staying Warm in Winter

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This is the first in 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! When winter overstays its welcome, …Read More

Green Thumbs: Behind-the-Scenes of Fletcher Allen’s Community Garden Project (Recipe Included!)

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About this time last year, I was asked to collaborate on a very exciting project. Fletcher Allen’s beautiful rooftop gardens, which had been used to grow a small amount of food for the hospital kitchens, were to be transformed into teaching gardens. The plan was to invite members of our hospital community who had no …Read More

Spring Into Shape: 7 Easy Ways to Incorporate Physical Activity Into Your Day

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Looking for an easy way to increase your physical activity? I know it can be hard to set aside time for exercise, especially after long hours at work. The average American only takes approximately 4,000 steps per day. It is recommended that a healthy population should take at least 10,000 steps per day. Here are …Read More

Nutrition Know-How: Breakfast on the Go

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March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “enjoy the taste of eating right.” Eating right is important to do all day long, though is often overlooked at breakfast amidst the daily morning rush. Research has shown that people who skip breakfast regularly have an increased risk of developing chronic conditions, such as …Read More

Poison Prevention: Are You Following These 7 Safety Tips?

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Poisonings span a lifetime. Poison prevention is for everyone, from children to seniors and everyone in between. The Northern New England Poison Center wants to share some medication safety tips for National Poison Prevention Week, March 16 to March 22, to keep you and your family safe: Program the Poison Help Line in your phone 1-800-222-1222. Keep …Read More

Diet News: What’s All The Hype About Cruciferous Vegetables?

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New research suggests that cruciferous vegetables– broccoli, turnips, and cabbage – may be just what you need for a healthy diet. What are cruciferous vegetables? Cruciferous vegetables are a group of vegetables known to possess certain vitamins, minerals and compounds that have been found to have positive health outcomes. Think cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, …Read More

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