SVMC Wellness Connection: March 29

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March 29, 2024

Protect Your Eyes to Enjoy the Solar Phenomenon Safely

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Many people are eagerly awaiting the rare total solar eclipse that will take place on April 8, when the moon will completely block the sun. Lasting for about an hour, the daytime skies of northern Vermont and New Hampshire will slowly darken. But to safely and fully enjoy the magic of the eclipse, your eyes must be protected. Learn how to best prepare for this once-in-a-generation event.

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Nip those Spring Allergies in the Bud

If you’re a seasonal allergy sufferer, the rising daily temperature and early spring blooms should be your signal to start preparing for increased pollen levels. While there is no cure for seasonal allergies, you can take steps now to reduce your body’s reaction to pollen and allergens before they intensify. 

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Tips to Avoid Medication Errors

Medications are a part of everyday life for many Americans. Roughly 79% of Americans regularly take over-the-counter (OTC) medications and 24% take four or more prescriptions every day. The more medications one takes, the more errors are likely to occur. Read More

Tasty BP-Lowering Recipes

Do you think diet doesn’t have a big impact on your blood pressure (BP)? Think again. A recent study found that reducing daily salt intake by just one teaspoon significantly lowered blood pressure and may be as effective as taking a common medication. Read More

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SVMC Wellness Connection: April 5

April 5, 2024

Don't Get Sidelined with an Eye Injury

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Each year, an estimated 600,000 Americans suffer from sports-related eye injuries. About 13,500 of these injuries result in permanent vision loss. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the great majority of these injuries can be avoided by simply wearing the proper protection. SVMC's emergency medicine physician, Adam Cohen, MD, recommends these preventive measures.

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OT: Putting the Focus on Function

If you or a family member had an accident, injury, disease, or condition that makes it difficult to participate in daily activities, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s occupational therapy (OT) department is staffed with eight highly-trained professionals that can help you navigate the “now what?” of recovery and beyond. 

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Swimming Exploration Sessions

This spring, children, ages 6 and under, can explore water safely in small group sessions, held weekly at the Bennington YMCA. To learn about the program and how to sign-up, Read More.

Free Workshops. Local Support. Real Results.

From quitting smoking to managing diabetes and other chronic conditions, My Healthy VT workshops give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence to manage your health care effectively—and for free. Read More.

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