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Happy Father’s (Health) Day

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William Monahan 300pBy Bill Monahan, Grace Cottage Community Health Team RN Outreach Coordinator
as originally appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer’s Graceful Health series, June 17, 2016

The author Ken Nerburn once said, “It is much easier to become a father than to be one.” Beyond the obvious humor, there is a health-related idea here. Being a father and a member of modern society presents some great challenges.

Often, the odds are working against us, particularly in men’s health. Research has shown that men die an average of five years earlier than women; men’s life expectancy is an average of 76 years. The leading cause of death in both men and women is heart disease; more than half of all cardiac-related deaths are men.

The goal of our primary care providers today is to get us all to our best optimal health and to keep us there. Increasingly, they use a team approach by adding educational and coaching services. Their game plan is to encourage better heart and general health by decreasing the risk factors.

We are up against a formidable “risk-factors team.” Players on the risk-factors team are all working hard to beat good fathers out of a healthy lifestyle. They have a deep bench, including lifestyle choices that lead to medical conditions. Right at the top of the order are smoking, inactivity, poor diet, and excessive alcohol use, all of which can lead to being overweight or obese, to diabetes, and to the buzzer-beater, erectile dysfunction (ED).

Heart disease is a leading player for the risk-factors team. It is the number one killer of men. When it comes to good cardiac health, controlling high blood pressure is key. One in every three adult Americans, approximately 65 million, have a diagnosis of high blood pressure (hypertension). Over half of all Americans age 60 and older have hypertension, and over a lifetime, the risk of diagnosis is 90%.

Blood pressure often begins to rise in men starting at age 45, although it can start in younger men. African-Americans tend to develop it at younger ages and to have more severe hypertension. Obesity in a younger population can contribute to the diagnosis.

Hypertension is especially dangerous because it is often “silent.” One in three people with hypertension don’t know it. A person can have high blood pressure for years without knowing it, and this is when it has its most devastating effects.

Blood is under pressure in our arteries and circulatory systems, similar to water in a garden hose or water pipes in our homes. When blood pressure increases to a point greater than the circulatory system’s capacity, a variety of problems can arise. Bulges in the arteries called aneurysms can form. Hypertension can lead to an enlarged heart, weakening its pumping efficiency. Many other body systems can also be affected, including kidneys and eyes, which contain very small arteries that may be damaged due to increased pressure over time.

High cholesterol is another major player on the risk-factors team. It can have a “hat-trick” effect. First, it causes plaque to form on the artery walls and thus puts men at a higher risk of heart attacks when one or more arteries in the heart become blocked. Second, it causes peripheral artery disease (poor circulation), limiting blood flow to the main arteries in the legs. And third, it can cause a stroke, which may have devastating, long-lasting or permanent effects on all aspects of neurological functioning.

Studies show that men tend to avoid seeking health care for urologic issues, including benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland due to a benign overgrowth of prostatic tissue). This is a major cause of urinary frequency, especially during sleep, and in more severe cases can lead to urinary retention, where an individual is unable to urinate at all and requires a trip to the Emergency Department.

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in the United States, affecting one in seven men. Prostate cancer screening is suggested starting at age 50, younger if there is a family history. A simple blood test can help track this condition.

Yes, the risk factors are formidable, but there are many things we can do to strengthen our team’s defense against the risk factors. First and foremost, it’s important to develop a great offence: knowledge! In order to compete, we need to improve our health literacy.

The individual is at the center of his own care and needs to know as much as he can to help obtain optimal health outcomes. Simply put, we have to understand what we are being taught about our health at many levels or we will not be able to put into practice the tools to maintain or improve our lifestyle.

As men and fathers, we can make changes to improve our well-being. Some training tips, small ones at first, not too time-consuming, can have great overall benefits.

First, seek out a Primary Care Provider and visit regularly, every six months to a year. Start no later than age 50, younger if medical conditions apply. Next, take your medications as prescribed. These simple practices have huge benefits.

Walking, moving, any healthy exercise, and deep breathing will help reduce stress.  If you don’t want to rush into big changes in your diet, just read the labels on processed food packages. Look at grams of sugar, mg. of salt, and processed carbohydrates. That should scare you enough to make some helpful changes.

Taking the time to understand the best strategies and to plan and implement small goals can make winning at optimal heath an adventure, not a game of risk.

Bill Monahan is one of Grace Cottage’s Community Health Team RN Outreach Coordinators. Bill received his AA in Liberal Studies from Berkshire Community College, his AS in Nursing from Greenfield Community College, and his BA in Health Advocacy from UMass Amherst.

7th Annual Tee It Up For Health Golf Tournament: A Great Success

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Thanks to very generous sponsors, golfers, and volunteers, Grace Cottage Hospital’s seventh annual Tee It Up for Health raised over $32,000, after expenses, for Grace Cottage’s Patient Care Fund.

Thirty-three teams participated in the tournament, held on Saturday, June 11th at The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain. The winning team was Coop Bills, LindaJane Parson, Scott Cleary, and John Streeter. Second place team was Ward Dannemiller, Eileen Ranslow, Elizabeth Walker, and Scott Wilson. The third place team was Tony Tribuno, Marty Roth, Chad Bullock, and Jack Powers.

Event sponsors were The Richards Group and The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain and Elizabeth Walker. The Gold Sponsor was Brattleboro Subaru. Silver Sponsors were: Andy & Linda Barber, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brunelle & Son, Cerner Corporation, Lawrence & Lober Electric Services, and People’s United Bank. Hole sponsors were: Baker Newman Noyes, Dead River Company, Durand Motors, Five Maples, G. S. Precision, G.S. Precision Coatings, Homestead Landscaping, Howard Printing, Irving Fuel, Lavallee Brensinger, Northeast Delta Dental, Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer, River Valley Credit Union, Southern Vermont Podiatry, West River Family Dental, the Windham Foundation, and WW Building Supply.  Bronze Sponsors were: Advance Notice Advertising, BlueCross BlueShield VT, Lawton Floor Design, and Leader Beverage. The Hole-in-One Sponsors were Brattleboro Subaru (nobody won the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek) and The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain. 50 organizations and individuals were generous Flag Sponsors of the event. Brown Computer Solutions of Brattleboro donated an Ipod Touch for the putting contest; Barb Oles and Tracy Sloan tied in the putting contest and Sloan won the putt-off.

Special thanks to volunteer organizers Elizabeth Walker, Eileen Ranslow, and Betsy Miller, and to The Hermitage Club’s golf pro, Drew Anderson, and his staff.

Bone Density Testing: Not Just for Women

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Angie Clark

Angie Clark headshot 180By Angie Clark, Grace Cottage Hospital Director of Diagnostic Imaging
as originally appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer’s Graceful Health series, June 3, 2016

The latest news to come out regarding osteoporosis is that testing for men tends to fall through the cracks.

While women’s bone health is often followed closely by their primary care and ob-gyn providers, men aren’t as likely to get regular check-ups or to be referred for bone density testing when it is needed.

On May 12, researcher Dr. Mary Ruppe, a Houston Methodist Hospital endocrinologist, announced this finding and remarked that, “Women have a screening safety net. Between their primary care physician and ob-gyn, women will begin bone density screenings at the appropriate age. Men are less likely to have routine primary care checkups and don’t receive preventative care similar to what is provided for women.”

Statistics do show that women are more susceptible to osteoporosis, a condition that makes bones brittle and thus prone to breakage. But men are not immune to the disease. The May 12 press release cited a study that found an estimated 1.5 million American men older than 65 have osteoporosis, and another 3.5 million men are at risk.

The best way to determine whether you are at risk for osteoporosis it to have a bone mineral density (BMD) test, which measures the amount of calcium and other minerals that are present in a section of bone. It does this by taking a picture of the bone that shows how dense it is. The more density, the stronger the bone. If the test determines that density is low, the condition can be treated, but it all starts with the test.

Most often, a scan is performed on the lower spine and one hip. On rare occasions, the whole body is scanned. The test generally lasts about 20 minutes. The patient lies on a padded platform and the scanner’s metal arm passes over him or her, casting a thin ray of low-dose radiation over the bone being tested. The patient is fully clothed in either street clothes or a hospital gown and does not feel any effect from the test.

Osteoporosis risk increases with age. Our bodies are constantly breaking down old bones and replacing bone mass throughout our lives. For most people, the rate of build-up exceeds break-down until approximately age 30-35. Until that point, the body is making new bone faster than it is breaking down old bone, so bone mass increases. As we age, the rate of replacement slows down, while the rate of break-down increases. The higher one’s peak bone mass in youth, the more bone the body has to sustain it through old age.

A combination of strength training and weight-bearing exercises can help to mitigate the decline, as can getting enough calcium and Vitamin D. Calcium in one of the principle components of bone, and Vitamin D help us to absorb calcium. Low-fat dairy products, dark green leafy vegetables, canned sardines with bones, canned salmon, and soy products are also good, natural sources of calcium.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends a bone density test for all women over age 65, and for any woman who has broken a bone after age 50. Women who are post-menopausal in their 40s may need the test sooner even if they haven’t had a bone fracture.

The American College of Physicians recommends that, by the age of 50, men should be screened yearly for risk factors associated with osteoporosis, and the National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that all men begin routine bone density screenings by the age of 70.

The biggest risk factor for osteoporosis among men is a family history of the condition. Other risk factors that could increase a man’s chances of developing acute bone loss include prescription steroid use, gastrointestinal disease, use of prostate cancer drugs, and overuse of alcohol. Patients with thyroid conditions, those who have had a transplant, who smoke, or who are especially tall or thin should also discuss the need for this test with their medical providers.

According to Dr. Ruppe, “Each year, approximately 80,000 men will suffer a hip fracture, and studies have shown they have a higher mortality rate after a hip fracture than women of the same age.” Such data underscores the importance of routine osteoporosis screening for men as well as for women.
Grace Cottage accepts bone density test orders from all providers. The Grace Cottage Diagnostic Imaging Department is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 802-365-3639.

Angie Clark joined the Grace Cottage staff as Director of Diagnostic Imaging in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Granite State College and an Associates of Radiologic Science from the NH Technical Institute. She also serves as the hospital’s Director of Clinical Informatics, overseeing training and data collection for Grace Cottage’s Electronic Medical Records system.

Be Prepared for Anaphylaxis

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Natalie Harding

By Natalie Harding, Grace Cottage Hospital PA-C
as originally appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer’s Graceful Health series, May 20, 2016

Summertime in Vermont. It’s a great time of year for getting together outdoors with family and friends, fixing up the house, catching up on yard work.

Unfortunately, it’s also a great time of year for bugs that bite and sting, and they love to join the picnic.

Recently, there has been much attention given to the dangers of mosquito and tick bites, and that’s important because diseases from these insects are becoming more common – think Lyme disease, and the occurrence of Zika virus when travelling to certain parts of the world.

But let’s focus on stinging insects, particularly bees, hornets, and wasps.

While it’s true that the great majority of people do not have any lasting or severe reaction to insect stings, for some people, it can be a deadly situation, perhaps worsening over time.

Most people experience a sharp and burning pain at the site of the sting, with redness and swelling around the sting, which can be alarming and quite painful. This will usually go away after a few hours. Some people get a larger local reaction, with redness that spreads out from the sting site and lasts for several days. Cold compresses, pain relievers, and antihistamines can help with these symptoms. These reactions are not necessarily signs of sting allergy.

Children are more likely to have a larger local reaction to a sting than adults. Men are more likely than women to become allergic to stings. Beekeepers and people who are stung numerous times, or receive multiple stings in a short time, are more likely to develop a sensitivity and possible allergy. This could include housepainters, carpenters, or gardeners as well.

If your reaction gets worse every time you are stung or bitten, it is probably wise to speak to a medical provider about prevention and treatment, because occasionally, it is possible for someone to have a mild reaction to an insect sting one time, and when stung later, to have what is called an anaphylactic reaction.

The symptoms of anaphylaxis can vary, but generally a person will develop hives; severe itching; tingling in the mouth; swelling of the tongue, lips, or any part of the body away from the sting site; and/or difficulty breathing. Some may vomit, have belly cramps, or feel dizzy. When these symptoms occur, there is no time to wait. A person with an anaphylactic reaction can go into shock. This can be fatal.

Do you know what to do if you are with someone who goes into anaphylactic shock after being stung by a bee? Those with known anaphylactic triggers should plan how to avoid these dangers and should carry an epinephrine injector or two (often called an EpiPen®) with them at all times. Hopefully they can administer it to themselves. What if they cannot? Do you know how to help?

In a pinch, when there is no other alternative, an antihistamine like Benadryl® may buy you a little time, but truly it is no substitute for epinephrine, which must be administered as soon as possible during an anaphylactic reaction. A person who is having a hard time breathing will not likely be able to take Benadryl® by mouth, so do not rely on this option as a back-up plan. If available, use the injector.

Epinephrine injectors are designed to be easy to use. These simple directions are provided by EpiPen® (their website includes a how-to video): Flip open the cap and remove the injector from the tube. Hold the injector around the middle with the orange end down (remember the phrase, “blue to the sky, orange to the thigh”).

Being careful to keep the orange part away from your fingers (that’s where the needle is), remove the blue cap. Then smack the orange part of the injector against the upper thigh, hold it there for ten seconds, then remove it. The needle is strong enough to go through clothing, including heavy clothes like jeans.

After you remove the needle, rub the spot for 10-15 seconds, and immediately call 911 or head straight to the emergency room. This is important because sometimes the symptoms come back. Epinephrine injectors often come in a two-pack, and a second dose can be administered 10-15 minutes after the first.

If you have been prescribed an EpiPen®, be sure your prescription is not out of date. The pharmacy can tell you about proper storage of the injector pack.

There are some contraindications for those who have cardiac issues and a few other illnesses, but if someone has an EpiPen®, you should not hesitate to use it. An epinephrine injector should NOT be used in response to normal, non-allergic bee sting reactions, so it’s important to know the difference.

All of us can be good citizens by increasing our awareness about anaphylaxis and by thinking about how we could help in case of an emergency. You can find good information on the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology’s website,, or the Cleveland Clinic’s website,

Natalie Harding is a Physician’s Assistant practicing at Grace Cottage Family Health in Townshend, VT. Natalie earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. She worked in Greenfield, MA, before joining Grace Cottage Hospital in 2014.

Brattleboro Drug and Alcohol Conference Slated for June 24

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On Friday, June 24, practitioners and students in the fields of education, health care, and social work are invited to learn together about key topics and approaches to the problem of alcohol, opioids, and other drugs.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tod Miller, MD
Medical Director, Springeld Medical Care Systems, Inc.

Additional Workshop Topics will include:
– Understanding Opioid Dependence and Treatment
– Addiction and Co-Occurring Issues: The Brain
– Cannabis in the Year 2016
– Key Concepts in Motivational Interviewing
– Cultural Considerations in Building Relationships
– Zero Suicide

Full workshop descriptions can be found here.

Time & Place:
Union Institute & University
28 Vernon Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301

$60 – Includes: Keynote, Participant Groups, Workshops and Lunch
Students with ID: no charge.
Note: APA CE credits will be available for selected workshops for an additional $20

For further information contact: | 802.246.5901

A partnership between :
Grace Cottage Hospital        UIU-logo-URL-green       CHL-Final--450px



11th Annual Tour de Grace is set for July 9th

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Tour de grace

Grace Cottage Hospital’s 11th annual Tour de Grace Bicycle Rally will be held on Saturday, July 9. It’s a scenic, mostly-downhill ride for family and friends that helps to raise money for patient care at Grace Cottage Hospital.

Riders start at Stratton Mountain anytime between 8 and 10 a.m., and ride at their own pace to Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend. A Tour de Grace 2016 Route Description is available here. Bus transportation is provided to return riders and their bikes back uphill to Stratton Mountain. If you prefer, ask about taking the bus up the mountain first and then riding down.

Volunteers will be stationed along the 17.7-mile route from Stratton Mountain to Grace Cottage Hospital to provide free beverages, snacks, and maybe even musical entertainment! Free performance t-shirts will be given to the first 100 riders who sign up.

Round up the family, come and enjoy the beautiful scenery, get some exercise, and help support Grace Cottage Hospital!

Registration is $25 in advance, $30 after July 5th. You can register at the event. Sturdy tires recommended; helmets required. Call 802-365-9109 with questions. To register, click here.

Your Summer Camp Health-Wise To-Do List

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Elizabeth Linder

Elizabeth Linder headshot 640By Dr. Elizabeth Linder, Grace Cottage Pediatrician
as originally appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer’s Graceful Health series, May 6, 2016

Sleeping bag? Check. Bathing suit? Check. Sunscreen? Check. T-shirts and jeans? Check. What else do you need to be ready for your kids’ summer camp? Whether they are headed to day camp or away camp, here are some tips to make sure they stay safe and healthy.

Many camps require a recent physical exam, within the past 1-2 years. This is a good opportunity to connect with your healthcare provider, review any health issues, and discuss what to expect health-wise in the upcoming 1-2 years.  In addition, your campers’ vaccination record can be reviewed and updated.  Many camps require vaccinations to be current for the benefit of your own camper as well as the other campers and staff.

If your child has a medical condition (such as asthma, diabetes, ADHD, food or environmental allergies), or on regular medications, camp physical forms are an important way for healthcare providers from home and camp to communicate.  We want to optimize your child’s camp experience, allowing them to participate as fully as possible and maintain good control of any medical conditions.  We will carefully review any symptoms and treatment plans so the camp staff can be prepared.

To facilitate a positive camp transition, have a discussion with your child about their expectations and your expectations. Will you be able to communicate or not? And if so, how often and what should you say? If you let them know how sad and lonely you are at home without them, it may make them feel guilty and lonely too.  Likewise, if you tell them about all the great adventures (Six Flags! Disney! Homemade ice cream! Grace Cottage Fair Day!) you are having without them, it may make them feel like they are missing out.

Getting homesick is normal, but can get better with time and support from camp staff. And paying attention to staff and following directions are key enjoying the full camp experience.

Don’t forget the bug spray, sunscreen, and tick checks.  No one wants to sunburned and covered in bites on their first day!  And finally, have a great time!

Dr. Elizabeth Linder has been Grace Cottage Family Health’s pediatrician since 1997. A graduate of Pomona College and of the University of Vermont School of Medicine, Dr. Linder completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Stress Does Not Have to be a Way of Life

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Caroline ChaseBy Caroline Chase, Grace Cottage Behavioral Health Specialist, as originally appeared in the April 22, 2016 Brattleboro Reformer’s “Graceful Health” column.

When I was asked to write an article on stress, it gave me an opportunity to deliberately examine the role of stress in my own life and in the lives of clients I see in my career as a psychotherapist.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), “Stress is often described as a feeling of being overwhelmed, worried or run-down.” As much as we would like to avoid it, stress goes hand in hand with life. However, it is possible, and indeed vitally necessary, to learn how to manage it. For the degree to which we effectively manage and cope with stress will determine our degree of health – in body, mind, and spirit.

A recent APA-commissioned study on stress in America found that 48% of Americans said they regularly experience physical and psychological symptoms of stress. If left unmanaged, high stress can become a chronic condition that can lead to serious problems such as obesity, insomnia, high blood pressure, chronic plain, and a weakened immune system. Moreover, research shows that stress plays a role in the development of major illnesses like heart disease, depression, and anxiety disorders.

Interestingly, a new scientific analysis confirmed what I have observed during my 37 years of counseling: there is more stress in people’s lives now than there was 25 years ago. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found that, from 1983 to 2009, 6,300 people who participated in the study experienced a marked increase in stress, 18% for women and 28% for men. According to David Spiegel, a psychiatrist and Director of the Center on Stress and Health at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California, the “results made sense when you compare the early 1980’s to today’s economic pressures; and it’s harder to turn off information and to buffer ourselves from the world.”

So, if stress is an inevitable part of life, and if it is becoming more prevalent, does that mean we must succumb to its ravages? Absolutely not! However, if we are to effectively manage it, we must be willing to make a commitment to change certain habits that are harmful to us if left unchecked.

The following lifestyle routines can help us to counter the negative effects of stress:

  • Exercise: Exercise and physical activity produce endorphins – chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers and also improve the ability to sleep which, in turn, reduces stress.
  • Meditation: Meditation is nothing more than putting your mind at ease by controlling the focus of your attention. Meditating is a skill that can be learned by anyone, no matter his/her religious or spiritual point of view.
  • Prayer: Spirituality is not the same for all people. For some, it may be a belief in God; for others, it may be a higher power or higher purpose, or the belief in such values as the human spirit, human community, or nature. Regardless of one’s religion, prayer can bring peace and comfort during stressful times.
  • Eating a balanced, nutritional diet: A healthy diet can counter the impact of stress by shoring up the immune system and lowering blood pressure.
  • Yoga: Aside from the physical benefits of yoga and relaxation exercises, yoga can also produce a sense of calm which will help boost the immune system.
  • Getting adequate sleep: Stress interferes with sleep. Try to get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Cut back on caffeine and stimulating activity. Eliminate the use of computers and television before bed. Even better, take the T.V. out of the bedroom entirely.
  • Spend time with people (and animals!) that you enjoy: Relationships can either be a source of stress or a stress reliever. Reach out to people who are close to you, whether they are family or friends. They may be able to offer you emotional support and perhaps a different perspective on the stressor.
  • Journal: If you feel stressed, write down the cause, your thoughts, and mood. When you know what’s bothering you, you can develop a plan for coping. That may mean more realistic expectations of yourself and others, and perhaps asking for help in your job or your home. Determine your priorities and eliminate nonessential tasks. Make sure you have some time each day that is your own and nobody else’s.
  • Professional help: A mental health professional can teach you how to identify situations or behaviors that act as stressors and can help you develop an action plan for change.

Though we live in a materialistic age, with constant change swirling around us, at times seeming chaotic, we do have choices about our perception of what’s happening around us and to us. That is the beauty of the human brain – we have choices! We can choose how to behave, respond, or think in the face of stressful situations.

The words of Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer may help: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Elegant in its simplicity and wisdom, its message is profound in relation to stress.

While we can’t always control the stress that comes into our lives, we can control how we respond to it. Stress is a fact of life, buy it does NOT have to be a WAY of life!

Caroline Chase, M.S., LHMC, is a licensed Mental Health Counselor who lives in Massachusetts. She is currently working as the Behavioral Health Specialist for the Community Health Team at Grace Cottage Family Health in Townshend, Vermont.

Grace Cottage Golf Benefit at The Hermitage Golf Club at Haystack Mountain on June 11

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GCH Golf Benefit 2013

Support a great cause and enjoy an afternoon of golf on Saturday, June 11, at the spectacular Hermitage Golf Club at Haystack Mountain in Wilmington.  Now in its seventh year, Grace Cottage Hospital’s Tee It Up for Health golf benefit helps to support Grace Cottage Hospital’s Patient Care Fund.

The tournament starts with a buffet lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded, including longest drive, closest to pin, lowest and highest-scoring teams, and many more; there will be two hole-in-one contests for a 2016 Crosstrek provided by Brattleboro Subaru, and a one-year trial membership to The Hermitage Club at Haystack (golfing and skiing). The player fee is $150, and this includes lunch, greens fees, golf cart, logo wear, contests, and an awards dinner served in the clubhouse following the tournament.

The Tee It Up for Health Event sponsor is The Richards Group; Platinum Sponsor is Elizabeth Walker; Silver sponsors are Andy & Linda Barber; Brattleboro Memorial Hospital; Brunelle & Son; Cerner Corporation; Lawrence & Lober Electric, Inc.; and People’s United Bank; hole sponsors (to date) are Baker, Newman, Noyes; Durand Motors; Five Maples; G.S. Precision; G.S. Precision Powders,; Homestead Landscaping; Howard Printing; Irving Fuel; Northeast Delta Dental, Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC; River Valley Credit Union; Southern Vermont Podiatry; West River Family Dental; and The Windham Foundation.  Business sponsor is Lawton Floor Design.

The Hermitage Golf Club at Haystack Mountain, designed by acclaimed architect Desmond Muirhead in 1972, is located at 70 Spyglass Drive in Wilmington, VT; visit for more information about the course.

Registration closes when all team slots are filled or at 5 p.m. on June 8th. For more information about becoming a sponsor for this event or playing on a team, call Andrea Seaton at (802) 365-9109, e-mail at, or visit (you can register online).

Gearing Up for a 5K

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Moss Linder headshotBy Dr. Moss Linder, Grace Cottage Family Health, as originally appeared in the April 8, 2016 Brattleboro Reformer’s “Graceful Health” column.

About a year ago, the Reformer published an article I wrote about the importance of fitting exercise in to your daily routine. I titled that article “Make Sure Exercise is in Your Pill Planner” because I wanted to emphasize the point that having a good, regular exercise program is vital to your health.

Today, I would like to dovetail those thoughts with some specifically focused on how to get ready to run or walk a 5K. Read more