Wellness Connection

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Grace Under Pressure: The Story of a Heart Attack
Benningtonian Penny Grace is not someone you would expect to have had a heart attack. But she did. Here's her story and what she learned along the way. Read More


Doctor or Nurse Practitioner? 
Choosing a primary care provider is important. Here are the answers to the most common questions about the differences between doctors and nurse practitioners. Read More


Finding the Best Cancer Care for You
If you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, you may need these tips about choosing a cancer center. Read More


Understanding Your Heart Condition
The diagnosis of a heart condition can be frightening and difficult to understand. Jennifer Thuermer, DNP, from SVMC Cardiology offers a helpful metaphor for understanding your heart. Read More.


Overcoming Barriers to Exercise
It's that time of year: when resolutions get harder to keep. If you're working to keep a resolution to exercise more, examine the most common barriers to getting enough. Read More.


Don't Hibernate!
Just because the temperature has dropped doesn't mean you have to hibernate. Sure, northeast winters can be challenging, but the winter season also provides lots of ways to be active. Read More


New Information about Breast Density
New legislation requires SVMC Women's Imaging report patients' breast density to them. But what does it mean? Read More


How to Visit Someone in the Hospital
Love and support from family and friends certainly help patients recover. Remembering a few key points will help ensure your visit does the most good. Read More


Eight Rules of the Road for Cold and Flu Season
You know that following traffic laws keeps you and others safe from potentially serious car accidents. The same concept can help us understand the value of taking the basic guidelines for reducing the overall impact of cold and flu season. Read More


How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease. And once you have diabetes, it doesn’t go away. Thankfully, the body sometimes sends up a warning flag called prediabetes. Those who find out they have prediabetes can take action to prevent the onset of irreversible diabetes. Read More