Tips and Information on Healthy Living

Do you want to get rid of that excess summer weight?

Join the Weight Watcher At Work program at B.E.D. and "Lost it for Good."

The next 17-week session begins on 10/8/2014. Come to a FREE meeting on 10/1 to see what it's all about.

Join now and make positive changes in your life!

Wednesdays - 12-12:30pm (weigh-ins begin at 11:45am) at Burlington Electric Department - 585 Pine Street

Anyone can join this group. The full cost is $186 for 17 weeks of meetings and 19 weeks of FREE etools. So bring your friends and family members. The more support, the better.

Call or email Cathy Chamberlain today and reserve your spot. Payment is due by the first meeting on October 8th. - 802.865.7463

Community Medical School

You don't have to be a brain surgeon to attend. Come learn about the science of medicine, and get an insider's view of the latest medical treatments and research.

Welcome to the fall 2014 semester of Community Medical School, a series of evening lectures where you'll learn from the top faculty experts who teach and inspire the next generation of physicians and scientists at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care. Each presentation reviews a current medical science topic in an easy-to-understand format, including informational handouts and a question-and-answer session. Join us for a lecture this spring in UVM's Carpenter Auditorium.

When: First Tuesday of each month: Nov. 4 and Dec. 2
6:00–7:30 pm, including a Q&A Session

Where: Carpenter Auditorium, Given Building, UVM Campus

Seminar Topics: Hip and Knee Replacement, Sugar and its Impact on Health, Keeping Blood Pressure in Check, Memory and How it is Impacted by Neurological Conditions

Free and open to the public. 
Register online at or call 802.847.2886

Stay ahead of the game

Eye exams ensure that your vision operates at its highest capacity, but did you know that it can also save your life?

In addition to checking your vision, VSP doctors use your annual visit to check for the early stages of some cancers. Getting regular, comprehensive eye exams is the most effective way to detect vision problems and signs of life-threatening conditions, such as ocular melanoma. Make sure to let your eye doctor know right away if you experience blurry vision, dark spots, chronic redness of the eye or ongoing nausea.

Exposure to UV rays may increase the likelihood of developing cancers of the eye later in life, so always wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection whenever you're outdoors. Prevention is the best way to keep yourself healthy.

Looking for more eye care information? Visit for a sneak peek into November's observance along with other articles, tips and special offers for VSP members only.

Is your schedule stressing you out?

Do you find yourself rushing from one activity to the next? Are you trying to do it all—work, personal life, family time, social and volunteer activities? If you're feeling frazzled, it may be time to de-stress your schedule.

You can win back more minutes and hours in your day. And the bonus: extra time for doing things that make you happy. These tips can help make it happen.

  • Cut back on commitments
  • Don't bite off more than you can chew
  • Give yourself some breathing room
  • Schedule downtime
  • Turn off your phone
  • Share the load
  • Take a break

Click for more helpful tips!

Say "yes" to you

Do you say yes whenever someone asks for a favor? Saying no can be hard. Not to mention a little awkward. Saying yes makes people happy, right? But it's not always good for you. Sometimes you need to say no to others so you can say yes to yourself and yes to the things that you need to do.

Good reasons to say no
If you need some encouragement, here's a quick pep talk:

  • Saying no isn't selfish.
  • saying no allows you to devote more time to family and other obligations.
  • Saying no can free you from unnecessary stress, and that's good for your health.

Say no like a pro
When you know it's time to draw the line, try these tips:

  • Be direct: If your answer is no, don't substitute something wishy-washy like "I don't know" or "I'm not sure."
  • Be real: Don't make up excuses to get out of something.
  • Be kind: Recognize the good cause or meaningful work the person is doing.

Healthy SoupSay yes to a delicious fall dish.

Try this recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash and Shallot Soup.

Tell a friend. Breast cancer screenings save lives.

Think of eight women you know—friends, family, co-workers or neighbors on your street. About 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Take a moment to remind the women you care about to get a mammogram. Send a mammogram ecard.

Busy schedule?
Don't put off getting a mammogram. It could save your life. Check with you doctor for a screening schedule that's right for you.

Find a Program
News Events Calendar Social Feeds