• Celebrating 35 years of Fun, Health and Fitness!

    The Wellness Center is celebrating its 35th Anniversary of spreading Fun, Health and Fitness! In 1982 North Country Hospital was the first in the state to make a commitment to support the health and wellness of the community with its own Wellness Center. In these 35 years we have not just grown, but we have […]

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  • Heroin, A Killer In The Kingdom

    Heroin is one of the most addictive, illegal and deadly drugs in the world and sadly, it has brought its terror to our little Northeast Kingdom. From taking the lives of our community members, to tearing apart families, we are not immune to all the tragedy that heroin brings with it. Within the last few […]

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  • 5 Ways to Cheer Up Your Valentine’s Day

    Cancel Your Membership To The Lonely Hearts Club No one likes to feel lonely, especially on Valentine’s Day! Whether you are newly single, long-time widowed or maybe even a new person in town, there are many reasons this holiday may have you feeling down. With a holiday that can’t wait to remind you it’s coming […]

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  • Choose To Quit

    In Vermont the average cost of cigarettes is about $9.50 a pack. The average smoker who smokes a pack a day is spending $295.00 a month on their habit, and $3534.00 a year just on cigarettes. My research shows that smokers are also going through about 5 lighters a month, so that’s another $10 a […]

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  • Bathe Smart, Bathe Safe

    When you think about dangers in the home you may not think that the smallest room of the house could really house the most danger. Did you know that the bathroom can really be the most dangerous room in the house, not only for infants and children, but also for adults and the elderly? According […]

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  • Cooking Low, Slow and Healthy

    On these cold days where the sun seems to set before we get a chance to set the dinner table, you may be looking for new ways to eat healthy, warm, tasty meals this winter. Instead of opting for takeout or frozen meals, dust off that slow cooker and let’s talk about ways you can […]

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  • You Are Worthy.

    We live in a world where numbers are everywhere, from our height and weight, to the size of our paychecks and credit score. These numbers were originally used as a way to measure health, wealth and potential. Somewhere along the way, we as human beings took these numbers and gave them more value than ever […]

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  • The Craziest Time of The Year

    If you are reading this and it is still BEFORE Christmas, I am impressed. From holiday parties to work get-togethers, family gatherings on both sides of the family, kids out of school, gifts to wrap, groceries to buy, baking to be done, we can see how this time of year is not only the “happiest” […]

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  • Keeping Our Seniors Safe This Season

    Although some of our senior friends and family decide to ditch us for the winter in search of warmer climates, there are still many older Vermonters who stick around for the winter months. Although many of our more mature friends have weathered their fair share of winters, it doesn’t mean they are immune to the […]

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  • Be Well This Winter

    It’s coming! The days are shorter and the temps keep dropping, and although we don’t have a ton of snow (YET), chances are it is coming! Whether you love this weather, or you spend all winter dreaming of spring, we all get to go through it together. Winter surely brings with it the beautiful landscapes, […]

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  • Let’s Help Feed Those in Need

    One in five Vermont children experiences hunger or food hardship. One in three children in Orleans Country suffers from hunger and food insecurities. In 2013 the population of just Orleans County was 27,169. Of those, almost 4,000 suffered from food insecurities; that is a rate of 14%. In our little Orleans County, 20% of our […]

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  • Start a Self Care Fund

    If you are feeling overtired, overstressed, underpaid, overworked, unfilled or anything along those lines, it’s time to take a big look in the mirror. Facing you will be your greatest responsibility, yourself! In a time where we have everything in the world at our finger tips to give us the best health and lifestyle, we […]

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  • Let’s Paint October PINK-What You Can Do To Fight Breast Cancer

    We have come to a place in time where we can no longer say that “other” people and “other” families are affected by breast cancer. We can no longer say that “other” people get this disease, “other” people are fighting for their lives, and “other” people lose loved ones to breast cancer. “Other” can now […]

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  • Emotional Wellness and Your Health

    How well are you? Are you meeting your physical needs but ignoring your emotional needs? As humans we have several basic human needs that might often be forgotten and, in these, are our emotional needs. Our emotional health is one of the most important key players in our overall health and lives. Our emotions can […]

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  • Pumpkin Spice And Now Nothing Fits Nice

    Is it just more or is there now literally pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING. From Latte’s to gum, bread to bars, if you like pumpkin spice you may think this is the time of year everything is nice. If you indulge in too many of those pumpkin spiced treats, you may get more than just an annual […]

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  • The Great Weight Debate

    Oh the great weight debate! “Lift only light weights”, “lift heavy”, “light weights tone,” “heavy weights bulk” …and the weighty clichés go on and on. Which are true, which are false and should you even lift weights at all? Yes, you should be doing strength training, ideally 2-3 times a week. Even if you are […]

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  • What’s Bugging You?

    Whether spending time around the fit pit, hiking the hills or working in your garden, you may find that you aren’t doing these things alone. It’s that time of year where bugs can really rain on your parade and take away from enjoying this wonderful season. From covering yourself in sprays, layers and other tactics, […]

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  • Stars, Stripes and Sweat

    Tis the season for barbecues, bonfires and big time fun! With the 4th of July just days away it isn’t uncommon to find your summer schedule is already packed with event after event, and what do all these events have in common? Most likely tons of your favorite summer foods that won’t just give you […]

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  • Be Well at Work

    If you think Wellness has no place in the workplace, think again. Not only has North Country Hospital been boasting its very own Wellness Center for over 34 years, it’s also held true that employee health and wellness matters and, we aren’t alone. June is National Employee Wellness Month and many worksites nationwide are focusing […]

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  • Vacation, The Natural Way

    Summer is here and if you are like most Americans you are probably planning to take a few days off to enjoy this short season with your family/friends and, hopefully, some outdoor time! While many people are heading away from the country and to the coastline, you may be headed into the woods for some […]

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  • It’s All About The Kids

    Kids today don’t have it easy. With more resources for greater health than ever, we are still falling short and our children are the ones who are suffering. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. In 2008, an estimated 49.1 million people, including 16.7 million […]

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  • Live Well

    Do you just want to feel ok? Have ok relationships? Have an ok job? Meet ok people? Are you okay with just being ok? Not me! I want to feel great, I want strong relationships, I want to have the best job and meet the most wonderful people. I don’t want to be just ok, […]

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  • All Illnesses Deserve Care

    Nearly 44 million American adults and millions of children experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. One in 5 American adults experienced a mental health issue. One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression. One in 25 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, […]

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  • Spring Into Shape

    It is officially spring and with warmer than seasonal temps, you can’t help but start to get excited for summer. If you are like most people, you may be starting to fear what’s been hiding underneath your wool sweaters all winter. Have no fear! The Wellness Center is your one stop shop to spring into […]

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  • 6 Habits That Can Add Years To Your Life

    Recently at a Worksite Wellness Conference I had the honor of hearing David Katz, MD. speak about health, wellness and the future of human beings when it comes to the national obesity conference. Dr. Katz spoke freely about his concerns with the health of the American people and our conscious choice to ignore what we […]

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