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Thoughts of Thanksgiving

Written by: Jessica Bickford As I write this, I sit near my woodstove while snow floats softly down outside my windows.  Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and I am enjoying some quiet before the busyness begins. This year there is much to be thankful for - but...

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How Childhood Trauma Affects Lifelong Health

Trauma… it’s the really horrific things that we go through as people… things that deeply impact us. For some trauma is a single point in time while others experience ongoing trauma and instability. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary includes these concepts when defining...

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Choosing the Better….

In life we are met with millions of choices.  Some are big and clearly shape our destiny, but many are simple and seem to have little impact.  However, it’s often those little, seemingly insignificant choices that shape who we really are… and in many case our...

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Resilience!

The first showing of Resilience is coming next week! “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. RESILIENCE is a one-hour...

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Snowday Visit

Yesterday, before the storm swept into the Lamoille Valley, I took my 9 year old for her annual well-child visit. Our pediatrician greeted us warmly and then asked my daughter directly about her health. “Was she eating well? “ “What does she like to do for exercise?”...

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Slow down

Hustle, bustle, hustle bustle… stop… sleep… repeat… Next week is school vacation for our children and teens.  It’s the perfect time to plan to stop the hustle and bustle for a few moments and be intentional about slowing down and spending some quality time together. ...

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day!

It's like changing your clocks... or the batteries in your smoke alarms... National Prescription Drug Take Back is a bi-annual event that reminds us to make our homes safer and help keep our communities drug free.  When we go into surgery or are managing pain we often...

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B.E.A.T.S

It messes up your life. It makes your family not like you. It can make you less smart than you already are. You crave it and you choose it over somebody else.  You can’t help yourself. They mess with your body. You age prematurely. You get all wrinkly—if you smoke—and...

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