Health & Fitness


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Shumlin wants physicians, dentists to pay Medicaid expansion costs

Vermont Watchdog Report

In his annual budget address, Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday revealed a plan to fix Vermont’s $68 million deficit by raising $30 million in new revenue — mostly from independent physicians and dentists — and reducing spending increases by $38 million.

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REV Fitness hosts Osteo Awareness Month event

In an effort to offer education concerning osteoporosis, REV Fitness for Women, a local womens-only fitness studio, has designated January as Osteoporosis Awareness Month.

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Hinesburg Boy Scout group works on radon-gas badge

Jeff Giroux is 17 years old and can say, backed by Vermont Department of Health statistics, that he may have saved his neighbor’s life.

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Students learn TaeKwon Do at MUHS

The year 2015 marked the first time that an alternative education program at Middlebury Union High School included a class incorporating TaeKwon Do as a weekly physical education approach for the academic school year.

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Vermont second healthiest U.S. state—again

For the third year in a row, Vermont has been ranked the second healthiest state after Hawaii in the 2015 edition of America's Health Rankings from the United Health Foundation.

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From the Editor: The science behind the winter blues

The Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year holiday season often brings on the blues.

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New guide is timely for the giving season

Just in time for the giving season, the Vermont Community Foundation has published Opportunity: “11 Critical Paths for Philanthropy in Vermont, a new resource to help guide potential donors as they consider which organizations or programs to support.

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Middlebury dog park planned

The Middlebury Select Board supported a proposal presented by members of an ad hoc citizens’ committee, the Middlebury Off Leash Area Group (MOLAG), to create a community dog park on College-owned land on Collins Drive, adjacent to Middlebury Regional EMS and Porter Hospital.

Volunteers wanted

Helen Porter Health Care & Rehab in Middlebury is in need of volunteers to help greet and direct incoming visitors.

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Rutland home-health agency ranked among the best in the USA

A group of Rutland-area nurses affiliated with RAVNAH, the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, have a reason to celebrate after their agency was just named a 2015 top agency by HomeCare Elite.

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Man behind “suicide law” ends his own life

Richard Walters, the man behind the push for the Vermont Legislature to enact so-called aid-in-dying measures, utilized that law; he ended his own life Oct. 16.

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Today's annual bike event has new Addison County route

The Tour de Farms is one of Vermont’s oldest cycling farm tours and is set in Addison County’s rolling farmlands – voted New England’s best biking by Yankee Magazine.

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Town officials discuss bike, skateboard regulations

On Sept. 14, Middlebury Select Board members Laura Asermily and Susan Shashok reported their meeting between Police Chief Thomas Hanley and local biking enthusiasts to discuss proposed revisions to the Middlebury Ordinance for the Regulation of Bicycles and Skateboards.

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Vermont is sixth lowest in adult obesity in U.S.

Vermont’s adult obesity rate barely budged between 2013 and 2014 (24.7 percent to 24.8 percent), but the state ranked sixth best in the nation overall, according to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Addison County program helps strengthen seniors against falls

Local program strengthens seniors against falls