Living Well

Do you dread that question, “What are we making for dinner tonight?” Not only can last minute meals be boring and bland, they are stressful—and they tend to be less nutritious than if you have time to plan a well-rounded dinner. By thinking ahead you can save money, too. With a little extra planning you can stretch Monday’s roasted chicken with vegetables into Taco Tuesday, and chicken soup lunch on Wednesday.

This recipe gives us many things. It reminds us of the days when we could walk with friends without masks. It reminds us of summer when our garden was bountiful and green. It is hearty and satisfying, with a pop of sweetness, a good crunch, and a richness delivered through nutty cheese and breadcrumbs. The shining star in this salad is the main ingredient, which packs a wallop of vitamins in each bite.

Parenting has never been easy, but today, one thing is clear: parenting has become even more complicated by COVID-19. This is true for parents with children of all ages. Older children are likely to crave more freedom and independence during a time when gathering with others brings risks to their own health, as well as to the health and wellbeing of other family members.

When Dr. John Koutras thinks about exercise, he doesn’t picture the sweating that improves our physical strength and performance. He goes right to brain health. “Exercise leads to neurobiological health,” he said at a recent talk sponsored by the Howard Center. “Mood is linked to higher amounts of serotonin, nerve growth, and the good kind of hormones. All of these releases allow for neurogenesis to occur.”

The flu vaccine is a simple and effective way to prevent serious illness from the flu. This year, it’s more important than ever for Vermonters to get a flu shot. Here are four reasons why.

Jasper Hill Farm sits downslope from a narrow dirt road that winds through the Northeast Kingdom’s Greensboro Bend. There’s no visible signage at the turnoff; instead, you’ll see a cow shed painted midnight blue with a mural depicting rolling hills under a full moon made of their iconic Bayley Hazen Blue, named the “World’s Best Unpasteurized Cheese” at the 2014 World Cheese Awards.
There are many resources available to assist you on your journey to quit smoking. The most important question to be successful is: are YOU ready?
Getting out into the sunshine is the best part of summer. But even in the great outdoors, it’s important to take steps to keep yourself and others safe from the virus. Here’s what you need to know.
If you’re feeling a little “off” during the global pandemic, you’re not alone! But how do you know when those feelings are cause for concern? We help you identify the signs.
This week is Climb Out of the Darkness week, which shines a light on postpartum depression during the era of COVID-19. To show your support, join the Central Vermont Climb team.
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