Archive - August 2017

National Bow Tie Day is August 28th
Back to School Checklist
The Difference DULCE Makes
Vermont Farm Fresh at Copley
The Global Big Latch On — Saturday August 5th, 2017

National Bow Tie Day is August 28th

By: Leah Hollenberger

Here’s a fun fact. Copley Hospital General Surgeon Dr. Don Dupuis wears a bow tie every single day.

What better time to explore that a bit than on National Bow Tie Day, i.e. August 28th – today!

It seems Dr. Dupuis is one of many notable fashion rebels that choose to accessorize with this small piece of fabric. Along with our dashing Don, the list includes Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, retired US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens,  broadcaster Charles Osgood, sports figure Dhani Jones, science program host Bill Nye, and popular television characters Mr. Hooper of Sesame Street, NCIS’s Donald Mallard, two of the Doctors from Doctor Who and Mayberry’s Barney Fife.

So what is it that draws Dr. Dupuis to bow ties?

For those who are interested, Dr. Dupuis shared that he is wearing one of his favorite bow ties: the Winston Churchill Bow Tie.

Leah 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.

Back to School Checklist

By: Jessica Bickford

Pencils… check!

Notebook paper… check!

Erasers…. Check!

Endless stacks of back to school forms… check!

Plans and lists are being made…but the real question facing families with school aged children is: “How are you helping prepare your child for the stress that a new year can bring?” 

While there is no formal checklist for this, I’ve compiled some snippets from some of Healthy Lamoille Valley’s go-to resource websites. We hope you check them out and talk about them as a family!

Parentupvt.orgLearn which students are most at risk of substance misuse, how to prevent misuse, and how to respond if you think your child might be trying alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs.

Website excerpt:

“We all know how important fitting in is when you’re a teenager. And drinking or drugs can seem like an easy way to make new friends and find a place in a new school. Teens can also feel pressured if they’re looking to fit into a group of kids who are drinking or using drugs. And some teens who’ve always been seen as “the good one” may even try to use drinking or drugs to change their image.

That’s why it’s so important to talk to your child and monitor your child’s behaviors, friends, and activities regularly—especially during times of transition.” – Practical suggestions relating to technology and cyberbullying. John Halligan came to Bishop Marshall and Stowe schools last spring to share Ryan’s story with students and parents. If you couldn’t make it, you can now rent John’s parent presentation at this site as well.

Website Excerpt:

“If your child is under 13, you do have the option to have these accounts deleted since most of these services have an age and parental consent requirement per the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

      • Have them share with you all their user account names and passwords.
      • Make certain they never have and will never share their passwords with anyone, even a friend. Explain the risk of someone impersonating them and ruining their reputation
      • Remove the technology (cells phones, tablets, iPods, computers) from the bedroom, specifically, when it is time to sleep.” – It’s important to give your kids resources as well. This one is designed for teens, but also has links for parents including researched based scientific facts about various drugs.

Website Excerpt:

“Another teen from Croatan High School in North Carolina submitted:

My best friend of 7 years has smoked cigarettes, smoked marijuana, and tried other drugs since she was 11. She has dealt with social services, law enforcement, and was sent to a foster home for 3 months. She has been back home for a month and says she’s going to change. I love her and don’t want her to go back down the same road again, but she doesn’t want to hear it when I talk to her about drugs. How can I help her?” – State, county, and school district data helps you to know what struggles and strengths your student encounters daily. Many of Lamoille Valley’s Middle and High Schools have student “Getting to Y” groups looking at this data and planning ways to help their classmates who may be struggling.

Website Excerpt:

“The YRBS was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1990 to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disease, injury and social problems among youth. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include:

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition
  • Weight status
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Sexual behaviors

The survey is part of a larger effort to help communities increase the resiliency of young people by reducing high risk behaviors and promoting healthy behaviors. Vermont collects student responses every two years from nearly every high school and middle school in the state.”

Was this information helpful? Do you have other resources you’d like to share? Share in the comments section below or message the author at:

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.

The Difference DULCE Makes

By: Scott Johnson

Susan had just had her first child. She was excited to be a new mom but was overwhelmed with caring for her newborn, the family’s financial stress, and tension between her and her partner. At the baby’s initial newborn Well Child visit at Appleseed Pediatrics, Susan met Jenn, our DULCE Family Support worker.

DULCE (Developmental Understanding and Legal Collaboration for Everyone) is a three year demonstration project sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Policy taking place in seven sites across the country. The Lamoille Family Center and Appleseed Pediatrics is the model for the program in a smaller rural community. DULCE is an innovative pediatric-care-based intervention through which primary care clinical sites proactively address social determinants of health and promote the healthy development of infants from birth to six months of age and provide support to their parents. DULCE’s intervention adds a Family Specialist (FS) to the pediatric care team, and the FS provides support for families with infants in the clinic setting, connecting them to resources based on parents’ needs and priorities – with the option of providing home visits, at the parents’ choice. The DULCE intervention incorporates a protective factors approach and draws on and incorporates components of the Medical-Legal Partnership model to ensure that families have access to the resources they need.

The DULCE family specialist meets with families at their first newborn pediatric visit and stays connected with them through their first six months. This gives new families support with issues that arise, but also in connects families to concrete supports that are designed to help families thrive.

Jenn referred Susan and her family to Economic Services and encouraged them to apply for Reach Up, a program that helps eligible parents gain job skills and find work so they can support their children. This family was already receiving WIC and 3Squares food benefits but they didn’t know about the program that provides supplemental income support for families with children. Receiving these benefits helped ease their financial stress.

Jenn worked with the DULCE Medical Legal Partner to help the child’s father apply for Social Security benefits. Over the next six months Jenn’s encouragement helped the family keep their scheduled well child visits, increased their food stability, and lifted some of the financial stress with a monthly Reach Up grant.  They also connected to Children’s Integrated Services at the Family Center for additional in-home parenting support and education.

In the year since their child was born, the increased support of the DULCE program helped the family develop a good rapport with their Pediatrician, keep current on their well child visits, and enroll in social programs that strengthen their family.

“I think this service was a nice addition to the already wonderful relationship we enjoy with Dr. Balu. I believe for families in more difficult family or friend circumstances it is probably essential. I can’t stress enough how important these types of services are to families. Emotional support and creating access to vital resources.” – DULCE parent

For more information about DULCE, visit

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.

Vermont Farm Fresh at Copley

By: Leah Hollenberger

Farmer Angus Baldwin of West Farm delivers produce to Copley Hospital Chef Robert Wescom.


Copley’s Food Services Team serves nearly 112,000 meals annually. We have an extraordinarily busy kitchen, preparing tasty, visually pleasing meals for delivery to hospitalized patients, along with managing a more mainstream café serving visitors and staff.

In 2015, we began to tweak our menus to incorporate more locally-sourced, sustainable fresh fruits and vegetables from Vermont farms. Locally-sourced is defined by the state as “Vermont plus 30 mile radius.”

Working closely with Green Mountain Farm Direct, we have been able to bring many local farmers’ products to our kitchen. It is a balancing act because we buy in great volume and must stay within our budget. Food Services Director David Vinick estimates about 5% of the food served is locally-sourced and that figure continues to grow.  David shares that year-round, Copley is able to serve locally grown root vegetables including carrots, potatoes and beets. He also strives to serve more locally grown fruits and vegetables seasonally. Right now, Copley is serving local greens, zucchinis, squash and cucumbers; in the fall, all of our apples will be from Vermont.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is also a valuable partner. With their help, we expanded what we are able to purchase right from Lamoille County and are purchasing produce directly from West Farm in Jeffersonville. Farmer Angus Baldwin is able to both grow the volume of produce we need and deliver it to us twice a week to supplement what we are buying from Green Mountain Farm Direct.

Copley’s Cassea Mercia works directly with NOFA-VT and Green Mountain Farm Direct to order produce based on Chef Robert Wescom’s menus. Cassea and Robert are shown with West Farm’s Angus Baldwin following a produce delivery.


We also pay attention to the other end of the food system. Once we’re finished preparing the meals, the kitchen and cafe composts food scraps and any recyclable material. In FY16, we composted more than 81,000 pounds of food scraps thanks to a program with Black Dirt Farm in Greensboro Bend. Our team is proud that we helped fertilize six acres of mixed vegetable crops at the farm!

Copley’s Food Services Team enjoys showcasing fresh Vermont grown food and our patients, visitors, and staff enjoy knowing we contribute to the local food system.

Here’s a recipe we’ve used this month to showcase cucumbers sourced from West Hill Farm in Jeffersonville. It’s a fresh and easy cucumber salad recipe with a sweet and tangy dressing. It makes a great side dish, or enjoy it as a snack.

Tangy Cucumber Salad

From Copley’s Nutritional Services Team


  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to flavor
  • 2 pounds cucumbers (about 4 medium size cucumbers)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives


  1. Place the vinegar, oil, sugar, salt and a few grinds of pepper in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Slice the cucumbers into 1/8” rounds.
  3. Place them in the bowl, add the chives and toss to combine.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight to allow the flavors to marry.
  5. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as needed before serving.

Nutritional Value (based on 4-6 servings in this recipe):

  • Calories, 105 per serving
  • Fat, 7 grams
  • Saturated Fat, 1 gram
  • Carbohydrate, 10.5 grams
  • Fiber, 1.2 grams
  • Sugar, 6 grams
  • Protein, 1.5 grams
  • Sodium, 482.6 mg

Leah 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.

The Global Big Latch On — Saturday August 5th, 2017

We’re on the map! During International World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7 (this week!) the Lamoille Family Center and the Vermont Department of Health are partnering to host the 2017 Global Big Latch On. During this event, women and their children will gather together to breastfeed and offer peer-to-peer support. Friends, family, and community members are encouraged to join in this celebration to show their support for breastfeeding.

This free event will be held on Saturday, August 5th from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Lamoille Family Center (480 Cady’s Falls Road, Morrisville, VT). Light refreshments and prizes will be provided. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to 888-5229 ext. 141.

The Global Big Latch On events aim to protect, promote and support breastfeeding families by:

  • Providing support for communities to identify and grow opportunities to provide on-going breastfeeding support and promotion in local communities.
  • Raising awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge available locally and globally.
  • Helping communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.
  • Making breastfeeding a normal part of day-to-day life at a local community level.
  • Increasing support for women who breastfeed.

The Big Latch On has grown from two countries participating in 2010 to 28 countries participating in 2016. There could be over 18,000 participating breastfeeding women and children this year!

Please consider attending this community event. If you have questions, you can reach out to Carol Lang-Godin at the Lamoille Family Center 888-5229 x141. We hope to see you there!