SVHC Introduces Healthy Holiday Challenge

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Richer meals, shorter days, late nights celebrating with friends, and cookies, so many cookies… The holidays can be a tricky time to maintain our healthy routines. That's why Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is launching the 8-week Healthy Holiday Challenge.
"We were looking for a fun way to engage the community about making healthier choices this holiday season," said Pam Duchene, PhD, APRN, chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services. "Our staff came together with some great challenges that we think people will truly enjoy."
Every Friday from Nov. 25 to Jan 13, SVHC will release a video featuring a different SVHC health role model sharing a fun and motivating challenge to complete that week. The challenges address different aspects of health, including nutrition, movement, and more. They are adaptable to all fitness levels and dietary needs and emphasize trying new things.
Participants will be able to find the videos at, on the organization's social media pages, and in its weekly e-newsletter. They are encouraged to complete the challenge and post a photo or video to social media with #SVHCHHC. SVHC will share posts that exemplify making healthy choices.
"We hope everyone interested in maintaining or improving their health will have fun joining in," Duchene said. "We can all learn new things, inspire and motivate each other, and adopt habits that will improve and maintain our health now, in the new year, and for years to come."

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Emily Winans D'Amario, PA-C, Joins SVMC ExpressCare

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) welcomes Physician Assistant Emily Winans D'Amario, PA-C, to SVMC ExpressCare and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians. 
D'Amario earned her master's degree in physician assistant studies from the LeMoyne College in New York. She received a bachelor's in biology from Union College in New York. She is certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Most recently, D'Amario has worked as a physician assistant at Albany Medical Center's EmUrgentCare and as a patient care technician at St. Peter's Hospital, both in New York. 
ExpressCare is located at 120 Hospital Drive. It shares space with the Respiratory Evaluation Center, which features negative-pressure air exchange throughout. Open seven days a week—including holidays, except Thanksgiving and Christmas—ExpressCare is a convenient walk-in clinic. No appointment is necessary. ExpressCare offers care for minor illnesses and injuries to patients of all ages. For more information, call 802-440-4077.
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