May You Live Long and Prosper!

Robyn Priebe

None of us will live forever, but most of us hope that the years we do have on this planet are happy, healthy, and abundant.

Who knows how long you and I will live? The Central Intelligence Agency thinks it does. According to the CIA’s World Factbook, a collection of information about people around the globe, the average life expectancy in the United States is currently 80.1 years old. According to this publication, the U.S. ranks 45th out of 223 countries included in this summary. Not awful, but 44 other countries are living longer than us. 

In particular, individuals who live in Blue Zones are living longer than EVERYONE, and diet plays an important role in their longevity.


Good News about Pelvic Pain and Incontinence

Siobhan Eddy-Young

Women, here are some topics you probably don’t want to talk about: urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse. As frustrating or embarrassing as these conditions may be, please know that there is hope. Grace Cottage’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center now offers Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation therapy, which can help those dealing with the conditions listed above, as well as helping with sexual dysfunction, orthopedic and sports injuries affecting the pelvic region, and pelvic issues due to pregnancy, childbirth, or postpartum complications.


Don’t Fall – Or Fall Safely!

Jim Picone, PA-C

Slips and falls are lurking everywhere, catching us unaware on snowy sidewalks and mud-slick pathways. We are on guard for falls when we know we’re on dangerous ground. We expect to fall while skiing or snowboarding; we might fall snowshoeing or shoveling out after a Nor’easter. We’re on alert for slips, and taking care to avoid a fall.


Fastest Way to Health

David McCormack

Quick – what’s the fastest, easiest thing you can do to protect your health? If you guessed, “Wash my hands,” you are correct! December 1-7 is National Handwashing Awareness Week, a perfect opportunity for this important reminder.


Burnout: Signs and Remedies

By Benjamin Wright, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Grace Cottage Family Health

As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am vulnerable to burnout. Provider burnout is increasingly common in the United States and globally. The work of healthcare professionals is often carried out under crisis conditions, the outcomes of their decisions can seriously affect another person, they work long hours, and they may have little time for activities outside of work. All are factors that contribute to the possibility of developing burnout.


Need Basic Resources? I Can Help!

By Jocelyne Smith, Grace Cottage Patient Resource Advocate

Is it time to choose a new Medicare D plan? Do you need help with paying for your doctor visits or your medicines? Wondering if you might qualify for heating or food assistance? Many people are surprised to find out they do qualify for some help.

My job as Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital’s Patient Resource Advocate is to advocate for you, by talking about your situation and helping you to apply for any programs that can help you stay healthy and that may reduce your financial burden.

Maybe you can’t afford to buy new glasses. Maybe you need a tooth filled and have no dental insurance. Maybe you need a blood test but you’re afraid you can’t afford it. I have information available about programs that can help, and I’m happy to help you fill out any of the application forms.


With Support, Things Can Get Better

Claire Bemis

By Claire Bemis, RN, Grace Cottage Care Coordinator I read a report recently which stated that social isolation can be as unhealthy for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Hard to believe? I know it’s true because I have seen with my own eyes how peoples’ health and attitudes improve when they attend a […]


Park pass is right prescription for healthy lifestyle

David McCormack

By David McCormack, Grace Cottage Family Health FNP

Here’s a great deal for you: come to Grace Cottage Family Health for a medical appointment, and you may receive a “prescription” for free entry into any one of Vermont’s great state parks.

The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation sponsor this program, dubbed the “Park Prescription Program,” as a way to encourage you to get outdoors and to be more active.

Vermont has more than 50 state parks, in every corner of the state, so this “prescription pass” can help you explore a new place or visit a well-known favorite.


What Do You Know About Hernias?

Ronald Vallario

By Dr. Ron Vallario, Grace Cottage Family Health

June is National Hernia Awareness Month, and also Men’s Health Month. How much do you know about hernias? Are they dangerous? Do they happen to women as well as men? For answers to these questions, read on.

Hernia is a general term describing a bulge of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening in a body wall that normally contains it.

Although hernias can occur at various places in the body, this column will discuss abdominal wall hernias, named based on their location.


Healthy Fast Food — Smoothies

Cheryl Shaw

By Cheryl Shaw, Grace Cottage Hospital Health Coach

Who doesn’t love a smoothie? They’re easy to make, so they can give a new, healthy meaning to the words “fast food” – if you choose good ingredients.

You probably already know how to make a smoothie: just chop up the larger ingredients, throw everything into a blender, and turn it on. Super easy.

Here is a list of my top favorite smoothie ingredients to inspire you. Organic options are always best, but do what you can. Mix them up and have fun creating!

Start with a Base: Here are some healthy ideas: Nut or seed milk (almond, hemp, cashew), unsweetened coconut water, unsweetened plain yogurt or kefir (if you tolerate dairy; good for probiotics/cultures!), a little coconut milk mixed with water, cooled green tea, or pure water and ice.