Archive - March 2017

One More Reason… to Visit Your Local Library
Childhood Sets the Stage for Everything
Healthy Eating – You Can Afford It!

One More Reason… to Visit Your Local Library

By: Jessica Bickford

Film project

There’s no doubt about it, we have some pretty great libraries and librarians in our region.  They know books, have wonderful programs for our children and teens, serve as technology centers, provide audiobooks for our commutes, and generally connect us to the communities where we live. I want to share one more reason to visit…

Healthy Lamoille Valley has partnered with 10 local libraries (Glee Merritt Kelley Community Library, Jeudevine Memorial Library, Craftsbury Public Library, Greensboro Free Library, Varnum Memorial Library, Waterville Town Library, Johnson Public Library, Lanpher Memorial Library, Morristown Centennial Library, and the Stowe Free Library) to provide community members open access to six films related to substance abuse prevention. In most libraries these films are with the other movies to check out. These films were recommended by substance abuse prevention professionals around the state as providing solid information on a variety of topics impacting families locally.

While many of these films have been publicly shown in our region over the past few years, we realize that showing times don’t always work with everyone’s schedules. That’s the beauty of this project.  You can select a film, go to your library and check it out to watch on your time. Or, you might want to gather a group of friends (or staff) and host an informal film discussion.

The film titles include:

The Other Side of Cannabis: Negative Effects of Marijuana on Our Youth – Brings attention to the negative effects of marijuana on our youth–adolescents, teenagers and young adults whose brains are still forming.  


The Hungry Heart – Created by Vermont Producer/Director, Bess O’Brien highlighting the prescription drug/opiate crisis in Vermont.


The Anonymous People – Features the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.


Deadly Persuasion – The Advertising of Alcohol & Tobacco – Identifies 7 myths that the alcohol industry wants us to believe. Here’s a Discussion Guide.


Paper Tigers – One High School’s Unlikely Success Story – Highlights the importance of the presence of one dependable and caring adult. Watch the trailer here.

Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies & Alcohol – Offers an indispensable critique of the role that contemporary popular culture plays in glamorizing excessive drinking and high-risk behaviors.  Watch the trailer here.

We hope to soon add copies of the film Resilience to these collections. To find out about upcoming community screenings of Resilience click here.

We invite the community to watch these films and then talk about them. Include teens in the viewing and discussion. Where are they seeing these substances? How are they able to avoid experimenting and help others make wise choices? What can be done to help people avoid substance abuse? How can we help those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction? You can find additional conversation starters related to these films

Jessica 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.

Childhood Sets the Stage for Everything

By: Scott Johnson

Adverse Childhood Experiences_Live Well Lamoille

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence, victimization, lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Published in 1998, a Kaiser Permanente study of 17,000 people showed a link between the stressful experiences a person has before the age of 18 and a person’s physical, emotional and social health.

The study identified ten adverse childhood experiences: 

  1. Physical abuse
  2. Sexual abuse
  3. Emotional abuse
  4. Physical neglect
  5. Emotional neglect
  6. Mother treated violently
  7. Household substance abuse
  8. Household mental illness
  9. Parental separation or divorce
  10. Incarcerated household member

Recent studies of adult Vermonters revealed that 57% have one or more ACEs and 22% have 3 or more ACEs. ACEs have been linked to risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, and early death. As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these outcomes.

What can be done about preventing ACEs?

The wide‐ranging health and social consequences underscore the importance of preventing ACEs before they happen. Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments can have a positive impact on a broad range of health problems and on the development of skills that will help children reach their full potential and be resilient.

The Lamoille Family Center is one of fifteen Parent Child Centers (PCCs) in Vermont that use the Strengthening Families Framework and have a two‐generation approach to both mitigate and help prevent ACEs. The Centers for Disease Control recommends strategies for preventing ACEs, which resonate with the 8 core services that PCCs offer or that we refer to for support, including:

  • home visiting to pregnant women and newborns
  • parent training programs
  • social supports for parents
  • parent support programs for teens and teen pregnancy prevention programs
  • high quality child care
  • income support for lower income families
  • intimate partner violence prevention
  • mental health and substance abuse treatment.

It takes all of us to build flourishing communities that support the healthy and resilient development of our children.  Join us in the next few weeks at one of the following showings of the James Redford film Resilience, a one hour documentary that delves into the science of ACEs.

Choose from any of these three dates/locations. Reserve your free ticket today!

Scott Johnson is Executive Director of the Lamoille Family Center and has worked in Lamoille Valley in human services and education for nearly his entire career. The Family Center has served our community by encouraging, educating and celebrating children, youth and families for forty years.

Scott writes about early care and education, adolescent development and strengthening families that improve conditions of well-being.


By: Jessica Bickford

Many community partners are coming together to host three screenings of the film, “Resilience.” This film looks at Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how they can impact our lives into adulthood. Beyond ACEs, the film explores ways to come together as a community to support and create opportunities for resilience, or the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful (again) after something bad happens.


Resilience Trailer – KPJR Films from KPJR FILMS LLC on Vimeo.

Choose from any of three dates/locations. Reserve your free ticket today!

Here’s a longer overview of the film:

“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.

However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And they’re using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

A must see for everyone in our communities!

Jessica 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.

Healthy Eating – You Can Afford It!

By: Nancy Wagner

Eating Healthy on a Budget_Live Well Lamoille

Many people tell me it’s too expensive to eat healthy. While it’s true that a big part of your budget probably goes towards food each week, the following strategies might help you save money.

  1. Plan ahead. Look at store flyers and online coupons and plan your meals according to what’s on sale. Planning your meals for the week or at least 5-6 days will help you avoid more costly last-minute splurges. “I’m too tired to plan dinner and cook, let’s just get pizza.”
  2. Make a shopping list and stick to it. Impulse or unplanned buying can greatly increase your spending.
  3. Get to know the store(s) you shop in and its employees. Some stores put ‘almost outdated’ meat or less-than-perfect produce on sale first thing in the morning. Some stores start their sales on Thursdays, others on Saturdays.
  4. Meat is expensive. Making mixed meals with less meat or no meat and more rice/beans/vegetables will save money. Think burritos/tacos, stew and stir fry.
  5. Buy sale meats in family packs and freeze the extra for another week. Or double or triple your recipe and freeze individual, already-cooked meals to pull out as needed.
  6. Plan ahead for busy nights. Pack sandwiches, sliced apples and veggies for an athlete to eat on the way to that dance practice or basketball game, and for family members to eat during the game or practice.
  7. Buy fruits and vegetables in season. They will taste better and will cost less. While we all need a good variety of fruits and vegetables it’s okay to eat more berries and garden vegetables in the summer, more apples in the fall and more oranges in the winter. If you have room to garden make it a fun family project. You could coordinate what you grow with your neighbors and each share your harvest.
  8. Freeze leftovers. Keep a container or freezer bag in the freezer. Add leftover vegetables instead of throwing them away.  When you get enough quantity, make a soup or casserole.

These are just a few strategies to help with your food budget. Many more great ideas can be found at and  These sites can also assist you in determining if you qualify for benefits through WIC or SNAP.

Nancy Wagner is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Diabetes Educator at Copley Hospital. She provides health and wellness to Copley employees through screenings, education and fun activities; educates patients regarding their nutrition and diabetes needs; and works with community members providing education to schools and businesses. Nancy enjoys helping others learn new things about nutrition, their health habits, and their chronic diseases.