Archive - April 2016

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Jessica Bickford, Healthy Lamoille Valley
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David Vinick, Copley Hospital
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Caleb Magoon, Power Play Sports and Waterbury Sports
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Leah Hollenberger, Copley Hospital
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Valerie Valcour, Department of Health in Morrisville
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Tricia Follert, Town of Morristown
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Todd Thomas, Town of Morristown
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Steve Ames, Building Bright Futures
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Welcome to Live Well Lamoille!

Jessica Bickford, Healthy Lamoille Valley

Jessica BickfordJessica Bickford has worked as Coordinator of Healthy Lamoille Valley for a little over two years, where she has enjoyed writing for their blog. Writing for Copley’s Community blog is a natural extension of this experience! Healthy Lamoille Valley focuses on making healthy choices easy choices, realizing that when we have access to healthy options we are less likely to choose behaviors that are harmful. Prevention is really a lifestyle of wise choices that enable us to live life to the fullest.

Jessica lives in Johnson with her husband, two children, a cat, and a dog.

David Vinick, Copley Hospital

David VinickDavid Vinick is the Director of Nutritional Services at Copley Hospital. The department serves 110,000 meals a year to patients, staff, and visitors.

David began his career as a Food Service Manager at Copley Hospital 30 years ago. He was an owner, manager, and chef of Hilary’s Restaurant and Green Mountain Catering in Morrisville for 24 years. David spent six years as a Sous Chef at Copley Woodlands, an independent retirement community in Stowe, before returning to Copley Hospital.

David writes about his love of food and how to incorporate nutritious, local foods into your diet. He’ll share healthy recipes, as well as cooking tips and trends.

Caleb Magoon, Power Play Sports and Waterbury Sports

Caleb MagoonCaleb Magoon is a Hyde Park native who grew up hiking, hunting, biking and exploring Vermont’s Green Mountains. His passions for sports and recreation have fueled his career as the owner of Power Play Sports and Waterbury Sports. Caleb encourages outdoor activity and believes it is an essential element to a healthy lifestyle and the Vermont way of life.

Caleb is honored to serve the Lamoille Valley by volunteering on numerous community boards such as the Lamoille County Planning Commission, The Morrisville Alliance for Commerce and Culture, Mellow Velo, and the state chapter of The Main Street Alliance. He lives, plays and works in Hyde Park with his wife Kerrie.

Leah Hollenberger, Copley Hospital

Leah HollenbergerLeah Hollenberger is the Vice President of Marketing, Development, and Community Relations for Copley Hospital. A former award-winning TV and Radio producer, she is the mother of two and lives in Morrisville. Her free time is spent volunteering, cooking, playing outdoors, and producing textile arts.

Leah writes about community events, preventive care, and assorted ideas to help one make healthy choices.

Valerie Valcour, Department of Health in Morrisville

Valerie Valcour

Valerie Valcour is a Public Health Nurse and specializes in chronic disease prevention and emergency preparedness at the community level for the Department of Health in Morrisville. Valerie has lived in Lamoille County most of her life. She graduated from People’s Academy in 1983 and worked as a nurse at Copley Hospital for several years. Recently Valerie has volunteered as a board member of both Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley and the Lamoille County Planning Commission.

Valerie will share information about health topics, such as vaccinations, nutrition for your family, health activities offered in schools, how to make your neighborhood more walking friendly, and how communities can prepare for all types of emergencies.

Tricia Follert, Town of Morristown

Tricia FollertTricia Follert is the Community Development Coordinator for the Town of Morristown, where she coordinates and implements activities for the town. She currently sits on three local boards, River Arts, Lamoille County Planning Commission and the Morristown Alliance for Commerce and Culture, and works closely with many local nonprofits on community projects. She is also actively involved in the community gardens, the rail trail and the arts.

Tricia will share events and happenings around Morristown, such as 10 weeks of summer music at Oxbow Park, 4th of July events, and RocktoberFest.

Todd Thomas, Town of Morristown

Todd ThomasTodd Thomas has a Master’s Degree in City Planning from Boston University and has worked both in Massachusetts and Vermont as a consultant and as a land use planner for town government. Todd is currently the Planning Director for Morristown, Vermont.

Todd’s recent work includes helping to revitalize downtown Morrisville, making it the fastest growing city and/or historic downtown in the State since the 2010 Census. Todd attributes much of the downtown’s housing and population growth to zoning reform as it relates to minimum parking requirements.

Steve Ames, Building Bright Futures

Steve AmesAs the Regional Coordinator for Building Bright Futures, Steve staffs The Lamoille Valley Building Bright Futures Regional Council, a volunteer committee focused on the well being of young children and their families. There is one such Council in each of twelve regions of the State. Steve also works with the Playroom in Morrisville.

Steve lives in Elmore and is the father of three kids ages 12, 15 and 21. He teaches skiing at the Stowe Mountain Resort and for many years, he ran River Arts.

He writes about early childhood, families, community, play, and equity.

Welcome to Live Well Lamoille!

Social Determinants of Health

Image via American Public Health Association

Live Well Lamoille is a community collaboration. Folks throughout our community are contributing to share ideas, information, and perspective in hopes of building a healthier community.

So many factors contribute to “health.” Certainly it includes making sure you see your doctor and things like monitoring your weight and blood pressure. But there are many more things that can affect your health: a network of friends, clean water, access to nourishing food, housing, literacy, and an environment that encourages walking, to name just a few.

The idea for this blog came from a community meeting with people that represented all these different aspects that contribute to our health. So often the clinical aspect of healthy living is held separate from the more social aspects of healthy living. Why not create a shared space and invite our community to share in the dialogue?

And so Live Well Lamoille was created. Our bloggers include:

We hope you will find Live Well Lamoille a valuable resource for information, activities, and ideas to help you make healthy choices. And we hope you will join in the dialogue!