Approximately 250,000 people per year in the U.S. develop asthma because of weight gain. Asthma is often thought of as a disease of children, who have difficulty breathing when their airways constrict in response to infections, exercise and allergies – and that is one type of asthma. However, we live in a time when many […]

One in six Americans could get sick from food poisoning this year. Before you set out for your next picnic or barbecue, be aware of potential food-related poisonings. During the summer months, foodborne illnesses are on the rise. Bacteria and viruses are the most common cause of food poisoning. Food poisoning is an illness caused […]

Warm weather has arrived! And with higher temperatures comes everyone’s favorite summer tradition – picnics and barbecues. Whether you spend the afternoon in the back yard or hike a mountain to picnic at the top, eating outside is a great way to spend time with family and enjoy nature. Unfortunately, picnics and barbecues can also […]

There are numerous reasons why physical activity is so important to our health. We hear the reasons regularly; not only from our caring providers, friends and family, but also from the media and that little voice in our head. Some of the common reasons to add more movement into you lifestyle include weight loss, muscle […]

I tell women to get their mammograms all the time – it’s part of who I am. As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, friend to breast cancer survivors, and as a fundraiser for breast cancer programs, I know the importance of the annual mammogram. Yet, as my fortieth birthday approached, I wanted to […]

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. […]

You may not be aware that Vermont ranks top on the list of states with a high incidence of melanoma, a potentially lethal form of skin cancer  that accounts for less than 5 percent of all skin cancers, but is responsible for the majority of skin cancer-related deaths. According to the Center for Disease Control, Vermont has one […]

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and in the spring and summer we all need to be vigilant about preventing tick bites. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) more than 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease each year. Lyme disease is on the rise in Vermont. According to the Vermont Department of Health, before […]

High blood pressure, clinically known as hypertension, affects nearly 75 million adults in the United States and 1 billion people globally. Although one-third of adults in the United States are affected, only half of them have their blood pressure controlled. That has significant costs, both in terms of health and economics. The estimated economic burden […]