As we age we lose muscle and strength, a medical term known as sarcopenia. As our muscles get smaller, we become weaker. The loss of strength is consistent with a loss of mobility and independence. The quality and quantity of daily consumption of protein are important in slowing this progression. Here’s why and how. What […]

We’ve all been told countless times to eat more fruits and vegetables. We know it’s healthy to include more of them in our diet – they provide vital nutrients and fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals. But, despite our best intentions we sometimes come up short. We are always hearing things about how “easy” it is to […]

When reducing added sugars, work on making small steps and changes that will gradually make your diet healthier — and have a goal in mind. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that less than 10 percent of total daily calories should come from added sugars. That translates to about 9 teaspoons, 150 calories or 36 grams […]

Is snoring normal? Snoring is certainly common. In the over 65 age group, about 45% of men and 30% of women snore. Though not necessarily normal it can be benign (not risky to your health). More and more people are snoring now that our average body weights are increasing. Snoring is caused by obstruction of […]

Much attention has been given in recent years to the risks of sleep apnea and its impact on health and loss of sleep quality, but there is a much more influential factor contributing to sleep loss, affecting nearly every home in the United States. You’re using it right now: Household light, especially that emitted by […]

Summer is almost here! Your kids may be starting to get a little antsy, especially with summer vacation right around the corner. If you want to get to get your kids to “spend” energy on physical activity without “spending” too much money, try creating your own children’s obstacle course. It’s easier than you think – […]

One of the main reasons people choose to ride a bike is for health and environmental benefits. Bicycling to work is great for your overall health and well-being. Many of us would love to drop “just a few more pounds” or increase our activity with our family and friends.  Commuting to work by bike or […]

Try doing something healthy for yourself every day. Here are 31 ways to add physical activity to your day! Set a long term goal and several short term goals following the SMART goal model. Hydrate yourself – 6-8, 8 oz glasses (more or less depending on your activity level). Increase your steps by 2,000 steps. Take the […]

If you have been a patient, a worker, or a visitor at UVM Medical Center, you may have noticed a fleet of green-vested individuals. Those are volunteers. A small subset of those green vests are endowed with a hand-cut heart shape, signaling access to a collection of intriguing art supplies and a mind for creative […]

Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult for you to overcome insomnia? What we know about insomnia is that it is pervasive. Ten to twenty percent of people in the United States have chronic insomnia, and there are similar estimates worldwide. Of the millions of people who struggle with sleepless nights, some experience […]