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Third Quarter is Ending!

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  Quarter 3 ends on September 30 th , don’t forget to log your points by midnight!  The fourth Quarter begins on October 1 st , and will cover financial and environmental topics.   We will have two challenges Reduce Food Waste: by reducing food waste we do great things for our planet and our wallet!   Join this challenge to learn more about environmental impact, and how to reduce the amount of food you waste. Focus on finances: This challenge offers budgeting and planning resources to assist participants in feeling more in control over their finances.  

Catch us if you can!

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Flu season is kicking off next week!  Sign up for your appointment slot now! Over the next 5 weeks, your LiveWell Vermont Team will be traveling all across the state helping to make sure that SOV Employees and Retirees are protected from flu. New this year: SOV Employees and Retirees can also get a bivalent Covid booster! The three of us will be traveling to locations all across the state - Berlin to Mendon and Middlebury to St Albans to Colchester to Morrisville to Montpelier to St Johnsbury to Derby and Newport to Barre to WRJ to Springfield to Dummerston and Brattleboro to Bennington to Essex... and Waterbury... and Rutland.... WHEW! Catch us if you can! To keep it moving, and inspire YOU to move as well, we have a goal:  Map a walk in every town that we visit.  Since we aren't familiar with the best walking paths in every town, we are looking for suggestions! Please feel free to reach out to us on social media or at DHR.LiveWellVermont@vermont.gov to tell us about the can'

Arugula, Apple, and Pomegranate Salad with Cider Vinaigrette Recipe

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  Apple season is here again!  It is so easy to be grateful to have these sweet, crunch treats growing locally, and so easy to find uses for them at every meal.  On top of being delicious, apples are great for you!  They are a good source of fiber and vitamin C, and contain antioxidants that help our bodies stay healthy. Here is one savory option to add to your collection, adapted from  Jennifer Segal's Arugula, Apple, and Pomegranate Salad with Cider-Honey Vinaigrette Recipe: 2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon maple syrup 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt 6 to 7 cups baby arugula 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds 1 crisp apple 1 lemon 1/4 cup toasted pecans or sliced almonds Goat cheese, crumbled Assemble the dressing by mixing the vinegar, syrup, olive oil.  Mix well, and add salt to taste.  Wash and dry the arugula, then place in salad bowl.  Slice the apple and toss with lemon juice to reduce browning.  Pop the apples on the salad, and top with goat chees

Outdoor Fun: September Edition

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  The weather is cool, and crisp which means it is a great time to hike, here in Vermont!   Each of these hikes have great views, and are under 5 miles.   So pack a good sharp cheddar, an apple, and lets go!   S nake Mountain, Addison: This 4.1 mile hike offers views of the Champlain Valley, looking out over farmland. At the summit, the foundation remains of the Grandview Hotel, built in the 1870s but now burnt down. Gile Mountain, Norwich: This short hike is 1.4 miles long, and takes about an hour to complete. Lots of great views! Eagle Mountain, Milton: Craving a great hike near Burlington? This 2 mile hike offers gorgeous views looking out over Lake Champlain. Moss Glen Falls, Stowe: This hike is less than a mile, and ends with a stunning waterfall. You will want to linger, regardless of the season! Putney Mountain, Putney: Approximately an hour to hit a the scenic peak and look out over the valley. While in town, you can also pop by Green Mountain Orchards to pick your own

Healthy Aging

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  As we age, change within our bodies is inevitable. Aging causes changes to our teeth, heart, even our muscle mass and digestive system. However, through our choices, we can do to age in a healthy way.   Tips for aging well: Stay active , this helps your brain and your body! If you have a chronic condition, like high blood pressure, osteoporosis or diabetes, not all types of exercise may be right for you.   Talk to your doctor about starting a fitness program. Get preventative care, it’s more than just a physical! Use this tool to see what preventative care looks like at your age  Don't forget to stay on top of dental and vision care with regular appointments Eat a balanced diet, and learn more about eating well while aging . If you smoke, quit . There are many resources to help, including support groups

Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

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  High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is when the force of blood within your blood vessels is too high.  This does damage to your circulatory system and contributes to heart attacks and strokes. You can see more details on the damage to your body here. Knowing your numbers Blood Pressure is typically recorded as two numbers, written as a ratio. It's read as "117 over 76 millimeters of mercury" Systolic:  The top number, which is also the higher of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts). Diastolic:  The bottom number, which is also the lower of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats (when the heart muscle is resting between beats and refilling with blood). Because there are no clear symptoms, many with high blood pressure don't know that they have it.  Make sure you are regularly getting physicals, to have your blood pressure tested and prevent common

Managing Healthy Cholesterol Levels

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  Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like substance found in the bloodstream and in all your body's cells. While your body needs cholesterol to continue building healthy cells, having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. Cholesterol cannot dissolve in the blood; it has to be transported to and from the cells by carriers called lipoproteins. These include: low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). These, along with triglycerides, make up your total cholesterol count. Did you know that the American Heart Association recommends that all adults 20 or older have their cholesterol checked every 4-6 years as long as they are low risk? Don't forget to see your doctor for regular check ups, even if you feel young and healthy.  Physicals assess health concerns to catch common ailments early and ensure that they are being maintained properly.  Learn about testing for cholesterol here.   Ideal Ranges: Total Cholesterol: Less than 200mg/dL HDL (“good c

Understanding Diabetes and Blood Sugar

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  Preventing Diabetes In many cases, diabetes is a preventable disease.  This means that by making lifestyle changes we can improve quality of life. Aim to start small with manageable improvements to what you are already doing and build from there. Dietary changes include eating a variety of whole, unprocessed foods, consuming more fruits and vegetables. Beverages matter too!  Aim to drink more water and avoid sugary drinks. Physical activity is also important; the CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate level exercise and 2 strength building sessions over the course of a week. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, aim to work more movement into your day wherever possible, like parking farther from your destination and going downstairs to use the bathroom. Try different types of exercise to find the ones that are most enjoyable to you or make activity social by inviting friends. Prediabetes & Diabetes Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they usually have prediabetes. This means bloo

What Does it Mean to Engage Your Core?

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When someone says to “engage your core” what they mean is to engage the deepest layer of musculature within your trunk.  Your abs are not just one muscle, they are many, many muscles that work as a group to support you in everything you do.  Engaging deep muscles means pelvic floor muscles, a muscle called the transverse abdominis, even your diaphragm is involved.  However, you don’t need to know all the musculature to get great core engagement.  Focus on: Drawing your navel in Making the circumference of your stomach smaller Lifting up through your pelvic floor And make sure you are still breathing! Really our core should be engaged all the time, but for many of us this doesn't come naturally.  Why? It is because engaging your deep core muscles: Supports other muscles working together efficiently Supports your spine Helps with stability and balance Interested in learning more about common fitness terms?  Click here for more jargon!

Overdose Awareness Day is 8/31

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  August 31 st is Overdose Awareness day.  210 Vermonters died of drug overdoses in 2021, up 33% since 2020. We take this is a time to honor and respect those no longer with us.  Their passing is a sad loss to their loved ones and our communities.  This is also a time to focus on prevention.  Addiction can affect any of us, so taking the time to stay informed is key.  Overdose deaths can be prevented, but support systems are crucial.  We all need to be informed to help our most vulnerable community members.  Check out the resources below for: VT Helplink Provides state-wide substance use treatment services Free, confidential services Recognizing signs of opioid overdose person is not responsive person is not breathing normally Find Naloxone Stories of recovery

Fun Summer Workout Ideas

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  Summer is the perfect time to enjoy being outdoors in our beautiful state!   The long days and sweet sunshine lead to all sorts of wonderful activities, but sometimes we pack in so much that we forget to work in our work outs.   Planning on having fun in active ways can help!    Here are some ideas: Schedule a hike and picnic instead of a dinner date Go rollerblading, biking or walking on a bike path Try a new fitness class with friends – if it’s great you have a new tradition, if it’s not for you, you have your besties to laugh about it with Join a league: volleyball, tennis, pick-up basketball Take up a new outdoors hobby going on bird call walks with the Merlin Bird ID app Wind surfing  Kayaking Rock climbing Go swimming with friends Try an outdoor yoga class Host a bbq with all your favorite lawn games Most importantly, enjoy your summer to the fullest!

Summer Salad Recipe

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  The amazing produce is here and the days are hot!  Here is a recipe for an amazing, refreshing salad so you can get back outside: Summer Salad Recipe 3 cups(ish) mixed greens 1 cup new potatoes 4 slices bacon 2 cups chopped cooked chicken 1 cup cherry tomatoes 1 cup chopped cucumbers 1 cup sliced peppers ½  cup carrot rounds 1 cup chopped plums 1 cup garden produce of your choice Dressing: ½  avocado ¼ cup mayonnaise 2 Tablespoons very finely chopped favorite fresh herbs 1 teaspoon lemon juice Salt to taste Fry the bacon and boil the new potatoes until fork tender.   While those are cooking, assemble the chicken salad: combine mayo and avocado by mashing thoroughly with a fork.   Then mix in onion, parsley, lemon juice, chicken and salt to taste.   When dressing, potatoes and bacon are done, arrange a bed of greens on 4 dinner plates, and add on stripes of chicken mixture, crumbled bacon, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, carrot rounds, plums and any produce of your choice

Scheduling Workouts That Work for Your Schedule

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  Did you know workouts that are at least 10 minutes in length have been shown to have the same improvements in aerobic fitness and weight loss as longer workouts?   Mini workouts have also been shown to have better rates of adherence.   This is great because the best workout is the one you do! If you struggle to find time to work out, try scheduling in a few 10-minute workouts.   A starter schedule might look like: 10 minutes of body weight exercises before work 10 minutes of walking briskly outside or running stairs during lunch 10 minutes of yoga at the end of the day If you can stick to this schedule 5 days a week, you have your 150 minutes of weekly activity! You have also done a wonderful job of incorporating strength, stretching and cardio.   150 minutes of activity a week is a minimum, so don’t forget to add on intensity or length to workouts as you are able! If this sounds like nothing, remember that any activity is better than none.   Designated workout time is im

Working Out in the Heat

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We all know that the risk of dehydration and sunburn are real in the summer, but did you know that working out in the heat is actually more taxing on the body than working out in the cold?  During your workout, exercise naturally increases core body temperature.  In cold temperatures, exercise helps you stay warm, and a person won't actually burn extra calories from the cold unless they are shivering.  In hot temperatures, your body has the work of exercise, and will then need to expend extra energy to cool itself down.  Outdoor workouts are still wonderful for your fitness, just be aware and respectful of your body’s cues: Never push yourself because you “ought to be able to” Stay hydrated Add electrolytes to your water (a tiny pinch of salt and squeeze of lemon works great!) During physically demanding activities, make sure you have access to shade or air conditioning in case you need it For more information, click here .  

Bennington Battle Day is Coming Up!

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  Bennington battle day takes place on August 16 every year to commemorate the Battle of Bennington, a turning point in the Revolutionary War.  On August 16, 1977, a mostly untrained army of Americans defeated some of Europe’s best trained troops. The Americans were fighting to protect military supplies and prevent British General John Burgoyne’s plan to cut off New England from the rest of the colonies.  Today you can spend time visiting the monument , seeing the exhibits or taking advantage of events reminding us of our history. Did you know: The Bennington Battle Monument was constructed not at the battle site but at the storage site of the supplies fought over during the battle of Bennington. Learn the full story   here . The monument was completed in 1891 Bennington Battle Monument is the tallest man-made structure in Vermont, and stands 306 feet and 4 ½ inches tall.  For more information, click here .