Yearly Archives: 2017

13 posts

seasonal wellness

Regional Health In Focus: Seasonal Wellness (Winter)

Whether you love it or dread it, winter is a part of life here in the North Country. Just like all other seasons, winter comes with its own set of hazards, but also with new opportunities to improve your health and wellness. So, as the days grow shorter, the nights […]

social connectedness

Regional Health In Focus: Social Connectedness

Social connectedness describes the extent to which people interact with one another, either individually or through groups. Some factors that influence a person’s social connectedness include: number of relationships, strength of relationships, frequency of interaction with family and friends, trust in neighbors, and level of participation in community life. Not […]

Regional Health In Focus: Oral Health

Oral health is an important part of a person’s overall health and wellbeing. The health of our teeth and gums affects our ability to speak, eat, and communicate, and it can also impact our self-esteem, school or work performance, and social life. Poor oral health can cause immense pain and […]

Regional Health In Focus: Chronic Pain

Pain has often been called “the oldest medical problem.” While pain is a normal sensation that alerts the body to a possible injury, chronic pain persists for a long time — generally, more than three months. Chronic pain is sometimes caused by a single injury, such as a back sprain […]

childhood obesity

Regional Health In Focus: Childhood Obesity

Obesity is a condition that occurs when a person weighs much more than the healthy range for his or her age, gender, and height. Being obese is different than being overweight — it is a more serious condition and can lead to complications in one’s health, wellness, and everyday life. […]

opioid overdose prevention

Regional Health In Focus: Opioid Overdose Prevention

Drug overdoses are a growing cause of death, both across the United States and here in the North Country. Nationally, more than 52,000 people died of a drug overdose in 2015 — a sharp increase from about 10-15,000 deaths a year in the 1990s. Some studies predict the drug overdose […]

seasonal wellness

Regional Health In Focus: Seasonal Wellness (Summer)

There’s no doubt that routine physical activity can lead to a longer, healthier life. Taking time each day to walk, run, play a sport, exercise or just get outside can help to prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity and heart disease. It also helps to strengthen bones and muscles, improve […]

mental wellness

Regional Health In Focus: Mental Wellness

Mental Wellness refers to one’s emotional, psychological and social health and wellbeing. It influences how we relate to others, work productively, cope with the pressures of day-to-day life, and how we make sense of the world around us. While some aspects of our minds are genetic, most of the things […]


Regional Health In Focus: Poverty

Poverty is when someone is living with less than enough money for their basic needs. It can affect a person’s health and wellness in many different ways. Not only do those who live in poverty have difficulty accessing and paying for quality health care, but they also have a hard […]

causes of death

Top Causes of Death in the North Country

Why are death data important? First… in combination with fertility and migration, mortality determines changes in the size and structure of a population. This makes knowing who is dying essential to both public and private sector planning, including in health systems and public health. Second… mortality data are one of the most […]