Category Archives: Health

COVID-19: Strategies for Managing Your Mental Health

On January 12, while reporting on the impact of COVID-19 or the coronavirus pandemic on communities of color, CNN Correspondent Sara Sidner cried on live television. That day, she had attended a funeral held in a parking lot where Juliana Jimenez Sesma grieved the loss of her mother to COVID-19. Her stepfather had died 11 […]

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How to Reduce Risks with Outdoor Winter Activities During COVID-19

Now that winter has officially set in, many people are thinking about which cold weather outdoor activities are safe during the Coronavirus Pandemic. There is no doubt that physical activity promotes our health and mental well-being, but how can you determine which winter activities are safer than others? Are there ways to reduce our risks […]

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How an Educator Became an Advocate for Medical Cannabis

Kelly Goldberg first learned about the healing power of medical cannabis after experiencing back pain in her early 20s. Goldberg, who lives in Deerfield, Illinois, played varsity softball in high school. When she was a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she began feeling the physical after-effects from her years as a […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Helps Student Solidify Her Decision to Pursue Research and Medicine

Gina Demilt’s passion for research led her to a behind-the-scenes position for a COVID-19 vaccine trial at the UVM Medical Center. The UVM Medical Center and Vaccine Testing Center at the UVM Larner College of Medicine are taking part in a Phase 3 trial for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and manufactured by […]

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A Mother Channels Her Grief by Helping Others as a Health and Wellness Coach

For decades, Valerie Pallotta’s passion has revolved around holistic and integrative health. An aromatherapist since 1994, she has pursued complementary and alternative healing methods and completed healing touch and energy medicine coursework. But she feels like she’s just getting started on putting her passion into practice. In fall 2019, she enrolled in UVM’s Integrative Health and […]

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Animal Doulas Help Pet Owners Cope with Grief and Loss

Kim Harrington’s strong connection to animals began when she was a child. While growing up near Scranton, Pennsylvania, Harrington spent hours playing with her cats and dogs. After studying to become a pharmacist at Temple University, she continued to feel a powerful pull toward animals. “My mother had me later in life, and I was […]

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UVM’s Dr. Jan Carney Featured in Verywell Health to Discuss Disparities in Healthcare

University of Vermont Associate Dean for Public Health and Health Policy Dr. Jan K. Carney, M.D., MPH, was recently featured in a Verywell Health article titled, “Insurance Status Impacts Access to Quality Surgical Care, Study Finds.” Citing an October 2020 study by the American Cancer Society, findings suggest that uninsured patients or those with Medicare/Medicaid […]

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A Vaccination for COVID-19: What Comes Next?

On Sunday, November 15, more than 69,000 Americans were hospitalized with symptoms of COVID-19 and the United States reached 11 million coronavirus cases – only six days after hitting the 10 million mark. In a month punctuated by grim warnings of darker days ahead, both Pfizer and Moderna announced promising vaccines within a week of […]

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COVID-19: Managing Holiday Celebrations and the Flu Season

On October 31st, the U.S. reported 99,321 new coronavirus cases—the highest single-day total since the beginning of the pandemic—and the near-future doesn’t look promising. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts a total of 243,000 to 256,000 COVID-19 deaths will be reported by the week before the Thanksgiving holiday, up from 229,000 at […]

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A Former Advertising Professional Reinvents Herself to Become an End-of-Life Doula

Peg Ehrlinger worked in advertising for 25 years before making a significant career shift. At the age of 47, soon after the 2008 Great Recession hit, she returned to school to become a physical therapy assistant. After earning her degree, she went on to work in various care settings, including assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, […]

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