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The first event, planned for 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, is a hike at the Mile-Around Woods. It starts from John G. McCullough Free Library in North Bennington.

RiseVT's Rise to the Challenge Combines Three Events

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Three events are being held May 17-19 to encourage all, especially kids, to kick off the warm weather with physical activity.

"Our area is so rich with fun and interesting opportunities to move," Bennington County RiseVT Program Coordinator Andrea Malinowski said. "This set of three events highlights some of those great resources and encourages families to increase their physical activity."

The first event, planned for 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, is a hike at the Mile-Around Woods. It starts from John G. McCullough Free Library in North Bennington. This free and family-friendly walk will take participants around the Park-McCullough House or the Mile-Around Woods.

Attendees to the hike will receive a flyer on which they can collect signatures at each of the events. Those who participate in all three become a RiseVT Certified Champion, win special RiseVT and Southwestern Vermont Health Care swag, and are entered to win a raffle of fun summer-inspired prizes.


 
The second event is the Grace Happy Race 5K and Fun Run at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Grace Christian School, Bennington. Visit the website for fees and registration.

And finally, the community is invited to the first Family Fitness Fest starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Mount Anthony Union Middle School, Bennington. It's free and family-friendly and includes food, a color run, smoothie bike, local motion bikes, and much more.

For more information about each of the events, call 802-379-5468.

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SVMC Welcomes New Doctor to SVMC General Surgery

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has welcomes Surgeon Dr. Gina Melissa Diaz to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group and SVMC General Surgery.

Dr. Diaz received her medical degree from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras Facultad de Ciencias Medicas, Honduras. She completed her residency in general surgery at Virginia Tech's Carilion Clinic. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Dr. Diaz joins doctors Simon Drew, Graham Moore and Charles Salem. Through a team-based approach, they provide minimally invasive surgery using the latest evidence-based protocols.

SVMC General Surgery is located in suite 205 of the Medical Office Building at 140 Hospital Drive in Bennington. For more information or to make an appointment, call 802-447-5060.

 

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