Docere (To teach)

Docere is used in naturopathic medicine to refer to the responsibility that a physician has to educate people about ways to protect and nourish their own health. Your personal physician at HeartSong is a resource that is always available to you, during face-to-face appointments, by telephone and via email.

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You are not alone. You are a single thread in a tapestry of humanity, other people and social groups, interwoven in such a way that everyone is bound to one another, protected and supported.

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Experiential Learning

Educating yourself is an interactive process involving many cognitive and perceptual activities including, but not limited to, inquiry, direct experience, discernment, theory-making, and experimentation.

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Click on the link to the right to see the recommended book list.

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Community Programs

Fresh Start: Tobacco Cessation Program at BMH

The Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation Workshop is a free program open to anyone interested in becoming tobacco-free. Terri Kneipp, a facilitator trained by the Vermont Department of Health Access leads the program. Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy is available for Vermont residents. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is located at 17 Belmont Avenue in Brattleboro, Vermont. Contact: 802-251-8456.

Strong Bones Elders Exercise Class

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Mondays & Wednesdays, Instructor: Karen Bratton. Strength and balance program for older adults. 5:00-6:15 PM Mondays & Wednesdays, Instructor: Laura Smith. Strength and balance program for older adults. Appropriate for sedentary or active individuals. Location: Grace Cottage Hospital Community Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Rd./Route 35, Townshend. Contact: 802-365-3649.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. WIC is the "Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children." Our goal is to improve health by informing families about good health practices and by providing nutritious foods to eligible Vermonters. Every year, thousands of women, infants and children receive nutrition services from the Vermont WIC program. In addition to providing healthy foods, WIC provides nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, health education, and connections to other community resources.WICWIC is designed to serve income-eligible pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding or who have a new baby, infants and children up to age 5 who are nutritionally or medically at risk. Contact: 800-649-4357

Stress Management with Mindfulness

Vermont Insight Meditation Center (VIMC) was established in 2005 as a nonprofit, nonresidential urban center for the practice of Insight (Vipassana) meditation. Located in South Eastern Vermont, VIMC is a Buddhist spiritual center dedicated to the study and practice of Insight meditation and to its applications in daily life. Regular open sittings are offered twice weekly in the mornings, formal teachings are offered three out of four Sundays a month, and evening classes are offered to deepen and strengthen the understanding of the teachings and the actual meditation practice. Insight (Vipassana) meditation is an ancient and direct form of practice that leads to clear seeing into the nature of our hearts and minds, revealing an inherent clarity, openness and ease. Through the continuity of mindfulness in all aspects of daily life, one inclines the mind toward the development of wisdom, compassion, and freedom. Contact: 802-254-7077. For sitting and course schedules:

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Agape Church (10 Canal Street, Brattleboro, 802-257-4069) offers free groceries and meals.For groceries, try their Food Pantry on Thursdays 6:30-8:00 p.m. For a free meal, their Soup Kitchen on Saturdays 1-3 p.m. is great.

Putney Food Shelf(10 Christian Square, Putney, 802-387-2120)has a great selection of dried and canned good, as well as fresh and frozen foods on Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. and Saturdays.

Our Place Drop-In Center(4 Island Street, Bellows Falls)serves free meals Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:00-11:30 and 12:30-4 p.m.

Loaves and Fishes(Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, Brattleboro, (802)257-1489) serves meals Tuesdays and Fridays 12-1 p.m.

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Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous. District Area 8 List of 70 meetings. Schedule:

Overeaters Anonymous. Saturdays at 9 AM at Turning Point Center, 112 Hardwood Way, Brattleboro. Contact Ali at 802-275-7478.

Complicated Minds.    Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.  Facilitated by Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona at Otter Creek Associates, 80 Linden Street.  (802) 254-2291. Mindbody medicine for mental health.

Chronic Pain.  Wednesdays 5-7 p.m.  Facilitated by Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona at Otter Creek Associates, 80 Linden Street.  (802) 254-2291. Mindbody medicine for chronic pain management.

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Smoking Cessation. Vermont Quit Network provides different types of support, depending upon your preferences: Support Online, By Phone, In Person

Smoking and Weight. Information on why smokers tend to put on weight when they quit and how to manage this.

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