Health news and notes


The nurse is in

A wellness nurse from Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services will be available at Applewood Senior Housing in Walpole on May 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. and in North Walpole at St. Peter's Church from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Rec and parks hosts fitness classes

Take time out of your busy day to relax, regroup and build muscular strength.

The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept. is offering a Spring/Summer session of Fitness Classes beginning the week of May 22 at the Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. This is an eight-week program and is offered for 16 years of age and older. The cost of the program is once a week $50, twice a week $75, three times a week $90. Non-residents add $25 to the cost of the program. There is a drop-in rate of $10 per class. Late registrations are always welcome! The class runs 12:10 - 1:10 p.m. and the weekly schedule is as follows: Mondays - Yoga, Wednesdays - Strong Yoga, Fridays - Yoga/Pilates. The instructor, Cyndy Gray, has a B.S. in Physical Education and is a certified to teach both Yoga and Pilates. She also has a black belt in Karate.

Cyndy also offers a Kickboxing and Conditioning Class which focuses on strength, agility and athletic conditioning. New participants are welcome to join anytime. The class is held at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main St. on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. The cost of this program is once a week for $40 per month or $75 for two months; twice a week for $50 per month or $90 for two months. There is a $10 discount for participants in the Yoga and Pilates classes. Non-residents add $25 to the cost of the program. Call the Recreation & Parks office at 802-254-5808 with any questions.


BMH announces upcoming diabetic wellness workshop

Vermonters can sign up now for Brattleboro Memorial Hospital's upcoming Helping Yourself to Health Self-Management Program, a series of free workshops focused on helping people manage and improve their health.

The evidence-based Helping Yourself to Health programs provide a supportive atmosphere for participants to focus on building skills to manage health conditions by sharing experiences and providing mutual support.

Diabetes Healthy Living, one of the program's workshops, will meet from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning May 8, to June 19, at Red Clover Commons third floor conference room. The program continues for total number of six weeks excluding Memorial Day. The workshop is for those with diabetes or caretakers of a person with diabetes. It is free for eligible participants and preregistration is required.

For more information or to register for a program, contact Elisha Underwood at 802-257-8867.


Lead certification for landlords and contractors offered

Lead Safe & Healthy Homes is offering federal lead paint safety courses for contractors, landlords, and others interested in using lead-safe renovation techniques. The federal Renovation, Repair and Painting Certification offered in 2012 is nearing expiration.

The EPA RRP Course is scheduled for May 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Brattleboro VFW. Cost is $150 per person. Anyone receiving compensation for significant renovation work in housing or child-occupied facilities built before 1978 should be certified.

This course will focus on state and federal regulations governing lead, the health effects of lead in children and adults, lead-safe work practices, and liability issues. Most contractors and landlords will need to take state and federal courses to be in compliance with the law.

Registration is required. Contact Denice Brown 802-463- 9927, ext. 107, or email


Touch a Truck

at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital

More than 50 big rigs will converge on the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital parking lot on May 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Spend the day in the driver's seat playing with buttons and levers, trying on firefighters' bunker gear, moving mulch in a mini tractor, and exploring every inch of a variety of vehicles.

The cost is $5 per child ages 2 to 12. All other ages by donation. Family packs of $15 are available for families with three or more children. All proceeds benefit BMH. To win free tickets to the event, enter the coloring contest. For more event information and to download the coloring page, visit


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