Health & Well-Being


ENJOYING THE TRAILS at Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center in Goshen. Independent photo/Steve James
Remember when we used to do stuff indoors during the winter? My family used to spend an awful lot of time lingering in the Snow Bowl lodge, in Junebug, in the children’s room at Ilsley Library and the college field house. It’s been great to be outdoors all the time this winter. But sometimes I just want a place to dump our stuff, warm up a bit and eat a snack. So when I heard that the nonprofit Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center in Goshen is renting out the upstairs of its lodge for private use by single households, I jumped at the chance — here was an opportunity to get out and get some fresh air...

PEOPLE ENJOYING THE outdoor experience — even in winter — sit around a fire pit outside the Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center. The BHOC, which became a nonprofit this winter, sells soup, hot cocoa, cookies and other snacks downstairs in the lodge. The center also hosts 45 kilometers of trails for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer, as it builds a strong outdoor community. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
GOSHEN — Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center (BHOC), long known as Blueberry Hill Ski Center, is now established as a 501©3 nonprofit company. The center ensures land preservation and recreational access within a unique and historic section of the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area in the Green Mountain National Forest. This year, as we all work to find moments of peace from the strain of the pandemic, access to nature and recreation is critical. This winter BHOC is offering cross-country ski, snowshoe, and microspike rentals; a sledding hill; socially-distanced and private indoor group space by...

LISA DUPOISE STRUGGLED with her weight for many years. As she realized the job of taking off extra weight was only getting more difficult as she got older she learned about gastric bypass surgery and underwent the procedure this past October. Through increased attention to diet and exercise before surgery and a smaller stomach after, she has lost 65 pounds. Independent photo/Steve James
NEW HAVEN — A few weeks ago Lisa Dupoise updated her picture on her Facebook page. This change drew a lot more responses than the usual Facebook update. “Everyone is asking, ‘Oh, what did you do? What’s your secret?’” Dupoise said. “So I personal messaged many, many people telling them what I’ve done, and out of that I had a few people who are asking about the process for themselves, and I’m like, ‘Ask me, I’ll tell you the good, bad and ugly.’” What they were so impressed by was the amount of weight Dupoise had lost — 65 pounds since last February. She has decreased her pant size four times...
Grab your bike, wheels, boots, or shoes and join Local Motion, Vital Communities, and GoVT! for the 2021 Vermont Winter Bike/Walk Challenge!  The Challenge started at the begging of this week on Feb. 1, but there’s still time to participate, since it runs through Feb. 12, concluding on National Winter Bike to Work Day. Participants who record a bike ride, a roll, a stroll, or a run on the GoVT! Smartphone app or GoVT! website at least twice during the Challenge period will be entered to win prizes, including $100 gift cards from Outdoor Gear Exchange and Farm-Way/Vermont Gear. Download the...

AMY RICE IS a registered dietician based in Middlebury.
ADDISON COUNTY — Earlier this month, with “input from a panel of health experts,” U.S. News & World Report released a ranking of “the best and worst diets.” The national media immediately picked up the story, and advocates for popular diets that ranked poorly took to the internet to criticize the “science” behind the rankings. For people struggling to lose weight, regain their health or repair their relationships with food or their own bodies, such rankings may seem to hold out renewed promise for an easy, straightforward solution to their problems. But that promise may just be a false...
BURLINGTON — Across Vermont and around the world people turned the calendar to 2020 and set new and renewed goals for better health and wellness. The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) wants you to know there are an amazing number of supports and resources available at your fingertips to help you to succeed. From finding healthy weight programs in your community, to getting a flu shot, to help quitting smoking, here are a few of the DOH’s top resources. Find them all at HealthVermont.gov. Each .gov or .org item below is a website; check out the ones that appeal to you. IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH A...
RiseVT-Addison County is spreading the message that eating together is as a family is good for children and teens. Studies support the lifelong benefits of family meals. Eating as a family leads to healthier eating, and improves children’s learning and well-being, the organization says. The studies show that family meals: • Help children do better in school. Parents are likely to know more about how children are doing in school. • Support social-emotional development. Teens are more likely to have better self-esteem and less likely to experience depression or develop an eating disorder. •...

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