Health & Fitness


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August is Immunization Awareness Month in Vermont

To celebrate the importance of immunizations for a healthy start and throughout our lives, and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need, the Vermont Department of Health is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. The week of Aug. 3-9 will focus specifically on babies from birth through age 2.

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Stroke, osteo screenings coming to Vergennes

Residents living in and around the Vergennes, Vermont community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Victory Baptist Church will host Life Line Screening on July 16. The site is located at 862 U.S. Route 7 in Vergennes.

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Look before you leap: Know water conditions before you swim in Vermont

Vermont offers endless naturally beautiful and pristine settings to take a plunge into a cool lake, relax below a waterfall on a quiet stretch of river, or splish-splash in a pond. Swimming is healthy summertime fun for all ages, but it’s important to know water conditions before you go.

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Monkton tractor pull raises funds to help fight ALS

Since tractor pulling is a lot more exciting than watching corn grow, it might explain its rising popularity among rural folks. Pull events are a great place for friendly competition, socializing, and lots of bragging rights.

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EEE virus detected in Vermont mosquitoes

There are few guarantees in life, but you can be sure that mosquitoes will attend all July 4 festivities in Vermont. Anybody celebrating at outdoor parades, cookouts and fireworks can supply a delicious meal to a hungry mosquito.

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Vermont recommending HIV testing

The Vermont Department of Health is urging Vermonters to get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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Compass Music & Arts Center swings this July

Compass Music and Arts Center presents a four-week-long East Coast Swing Dancing workshop for beginners. David Allan of Green Mountain Stomp Swing Dancing will teach the proper posturing and connections and six to 12 basic, six-count swing patterns.

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Vermont salmonella cases linked to baby chicks

For the fourth year in a row, baby poultry from a single hatchery in Ohio are responsible for an outbreak of salmonella infections in Vermont and other states across the country.

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Gene now connected to lung cancer, doubling a smoker’s risk

Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Vermont

New research confirms a vulnerability to lung cancer can be inherited and implicates the BRCA2 gene as harboring one of the involved genetic mutations.

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Rutland Coalition will receive $140,000

The Rutland Area Prevention Coalition, which will receive $140,000 next year, and the Winooski Coalition for a Safe and Peaceful Community, which will receive $99,712, are two organizations that are working to coordinate local efforts to make their communities healthier.

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Goss event brings joy to Vermont girl's life

With the help of RAM Trucks, Earl’s Cyclery and Fitness, the University Mall of South Burlington and the public, a South Burlington car dealer was able make a little girl’s dream come true last weekend.

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MUHS plans Annual Wellness Day & Fair

Middlebury Union High School Wellness Day 2014 will feature Rob Rivest and dozens of community vendors. The event is the school's fourth Wellness Day and will be held April 9.

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Vermont citizen group calls for repeal of Act 48

The organization Vermonters for Health Care Freedom is calling on the state legislature to repeal Act 48. "Serious consideration of contingency or health care plans alternative plans cannot be considered until Act 48 is repealed," the group noted in a news announcement March 27.

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Stroke, osteoporosis screenings coming to Vergennes

residents living in and around the Vergennes community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. St Peters Parish Hall will host Life Line Screening on April 9. The site is located at 85 S Maple St. in Vergennes.

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Vermont uninsured may have to pay Obama Care penalty this year

Vermont Health Connect

For most people, the Affordable Care Act—aka Obama Care—has no effect on the 2013 income tax return they are filing in 2014. However, some people may need to make important decisions by the March 31 deadline for open enrollment.