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Words of Wellness: The Fall of Autumn

Cynthia Hennard

October 30, 2014


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“In the beginning there was nothing. God said, “Let there be light!” And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.” - Ellen DeGeneres “An age is called ‘dark’ not because the light fails to shine but because people refuse to see it.” - James...

Words of Wellness: Why Is Alcohol Binging Such A Big Deal?

Words of Wellness: Why Is Alcohol Binging Such A Big Deal?

Cynthia Hennard

October 19, 2014


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In honor of Alcohol Awareness week and inspired by the Vermont Conference on Addictive Disorders that I recently attended, I thought I’d take a closer look at Alcohol Issues, particularly for those typical of College and High School Students who are under 25 and for those who drink heavily, when they...

Words of Wellness: Procrastination

Words of Wellness: Procrastination

Cynthia Hennard

September 24, 2014


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Procrastination is one of the most stressful maladaptive strategies in life. Yes, we need to stay on top of our readings and assignments, work, friends, families, laundry and lives, but sometimes it all just can’t get done. If we “all or nothing” ourselves into dysfunction, we procrastinate on...

Thank you, Kind Sir

Victoria Greenia

May 8, 2014


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I fell into love with a man a few nights ago and got a chocolate bar out of it –53% cocoa with pistachios and hot peppers, wrapped with a picture of Grace Potter. While I am neither a fan of chocolate nor the singer, the bar, more than half eaten, lays on the front passenger seat in my car as though...

A Band-Aid on a gaping wound

A Band-Aid on a gaping wound

Tyrone Shaw

February 6, 2014


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Editor’s note: The following commentary was originally published in Vt. Digger on Jan. 21. It’s been reprinted here due to its relevance, despite the protests of its author, stemming from his active involvement with Basement Medicine. Relevance is relevance. Gov. Shumlin’s latest budget is by ma...

Words of Wellness: If your body could talk…

Words of Wellness: If your body could talk…

Lori Koshowski

December 10, 2013


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We’ve all heard the old adage ‘you are what you eat’, but have you ever stopped to think exactly how true that is? Put simply, healthy eating is the key to wellbeing. We all have up to 100 trillion cells in our bodies, each one demanding a constant supply of daily nutrients in order to function...

Words of Wellness: Focusing on the body to manage stress

Words of Wellness: Focusing on the body to manage stress

Cynthia Hennard, Counseling Center Director

November 14, 2013


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  Most of you probably already know that some stress is good. We need to activate some alertness and vigilance to function at our best. Stress activates the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). What we want is a nice fluctuation between sympathetic and par...

Words of Wellness: Constructive living

Words of Wellness: Constructive living

Cynthia Hennard, Counseling Center Director

October 17, 2013


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Constructive Living Quotes: You don't need to fight your fears or discover hidden ones. Fear of flying is no reason to avoid air travel. For all your dreams you are what you do. Feelings fade over time unless re-stimulated by complaining or other circumstances. You can't build a life on ...

Stay Healthy as the Weather Changes

Stay Healthy as the Weather Changes

Lori Koshowski

September 25, 2013


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In Vermont, we are so lucky to have extremely vibrant seasons. Fall turns out to be one of my favorites. I love all the beautiful harvest colors and the specific fragrant smells that it brings. Fall, of course, is really like an appetizer to the longer main course of the Vermont winter, which typica...

Words of Wellness

Words of Wellness

Cynthia Hennard, JSC counseling center director

September 11, 2013


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These first few weeks on campus are sure to be interesting times. They might be the best ever or just OK or no big deal. Other weeks maybe unsettling, daunting or just feel like a big adjustment to deal with. All of which is normal. So we wanted to share some ideas and resources about making the best of thi...

You have the right to remain silent – right?

You have the right to remain silent – right?

Phil O'Neil

May 3, 2013


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You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at the government’s expense. Boston...

Yoga: Fight stress and find serenity

Lori Koshowski

April 18, 2013


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Your mobile phone is ringing, you have a paper due and a test to study for, you feel deprived of sleep, your neck and back are aching from long hours spent in classes and studying, you have the "sniffles" and a nagging cough and you have to work your weekend shift in order to pay your bills. Sound all...

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