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Weathering the Storm: What to Do If You Catch the Flu

According to a recent study reported by the Centers for Disease Control, flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by 40 percent to 60 percent. By taking other precautions, like hand washing and avoiding close contact with those who are ill, in addition to getting a flu shot, you get excellent overall protection.

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Avoiding the Top Six Hiking Injuries

For a carefree hiking experience, hike with friends or on trails you know well and with daylight to spare. Also take precautions to prevent the most common hiking-related injuries.

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Gardening For Your Life

Gardening also relates to many desirable health benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control, "gardening is an excellent way to get physical activity." And physical activity is a great way to ward off lots of common diseases, like type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer and more.

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SVMC Health Blog: Five Easy Swaps for a Healthier Lunch Box

However, just as the New Year is a good time to make resolutions, a new school year is a prime time to reexamine last school year’s lunch habits and try to incorporate healthier choices. Whether you are packing your child’s lunch or choosing your own lunch items, there are a few simple swaps you can make for a healthier lunch.

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SVMC Health Blog: How to Use Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a valuable tool, but millions of people are over-relying on their incorrect use of sunscreen to protect themselves and their family members.

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Names Education Director

Totten joined SVHC in 1992 as a phlebotomist in the hospital laboratory and worked as an Emergency Department technician while attending nursing school

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care's Chief Nursing Officer Honored

Nominees for the award possess clinical expertise and scholarship in an area of nursing leadership, advance the scope of nursing practice, develop creative nursing approaches that contribute to quality care, participate in the development of clinical nursing leaders, interact collegially with both nursing and non-nursing practitioners, and participate in community affairs.

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Earns 'A' for Patient Safety

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

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SVMC Health Blog: Good News, Gone Bad

One day several years ago, a national news broadcast reporter covered a scientific study that revealed the beneficial components of chocolate. "It's good for your heart," she proclaimed. "Eat more chocolate."

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