Laurie Betts, MD

Laurie Betts, MD, is a Board Certified Internist who received her BA from Dartmouth College and her MD from SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Abington Memorial Hospital. She was an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at New Britain General Hospital (CT), and worked for the largest private medical practice in New England. She is also a professional speaker on women's health issues. Before joining the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation, she was the Coordinator for Spring-Ford Area School District's Health & Wellness Program. At the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation, Dr. Betts is the Program Officer for Physical & Preventive Behavioral Health. As a working single mother of three teenage children, she writes a weekly blog on seeking life balance.

May 18, 2015
Chocolate Banana Smoothie
 Combined, bananas and chocolate taste so sinfully good you’d think they must be unhealthy. But they’re actually health superheroes in disguise. One tablespoon of 100% unsweetened cocoa powder is only 10 calories and provides between 3 to…
May 11, 2015
Take the time to talk the walk
 This phrase was one of the first things I hear as a freshman journalism and mass communication major here at St. Bonaventure University in my first ever college course. My classmates and I didn’t know it at the time, but my professor was tryin…
May 4, 2015
Stair Masters
 This past weekend, my aunt, sister and I faced the task of packing up what seemed like enough stuff for a small country (I have a lot of cloth…
April 27, 2015
The Best 10-Minute Workout at Home
 You want to workout today but have no time. Maybe you have to work late. Maybe the gym is too far away. Maybe you have a hot date right after work and, quite frankly, your hair is too perf to mess up. As a personal trainer, I've heard it all. And, …
April 20, 2015
Going viral
 Happy Monday, all! I’ve done a pretty good job this year of staying healthy while in grad school. Unfortunately, all the stress and…
April 16, 2015
Too blessed to be stressed
 Hi, everyone! My name is Skye Tulio, and I’m elated to have the opportunity to guest post on Dr. Betts’ blog. As a communications professional, my posts will do just that— communicate to you all, the readers, my journey towards hea…
April 16, 2015
Meet Skye, Guest Blogger
 Skye Tulio is the temporary communications intern for the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation. She is a 2014 graduate of St. Bonaventure University and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication. Skye is current…
April 10, 2015
Easter Egg Exercises, by Lindsey
 Well Easter came as quickly as it went, our bellies are full of chocolate and jelly candies, chocolate bunnies will now be 90% off at your local pharmacy, and the colored, plastic eggs will have to be meticulously matched back together and stored aw…
March 27, 2015
Spring into Health, by Lindsey Patience
 Small Changes = Big success!The birds chirping, the flowers blossoming, and the air warming could only mean that springtime is on its way! But, as the snow melted, did you already forget your New Year’s resolution? As we headed into 2015,…
March 27, 2015
Meet Lindsey, Guest Blogger
Meet Lindsey Patience, Grants Assistant with the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation, and also guest blogger for MHL.  Lindsey is creative, energetic and a little quirky. She is a seasoned health promotion professional with a passion for …
February 27, 2015
Hospital Usage and High Utilization
 How often do you visit the Emergency Department or need to be admitted to the hospital? For most of us, probably not too much, if ever. However, the PA Health Care Cost Containment Council just released a report on “PA’s “super-Uti…
February 16, 2015
Heart Health
 So are you out shoveling snow in the cold? Do you know when you are most likely to have a heart attack? Do you know what puts you at risk for having a heart attack or dying of coronary artery disease? Did you know that many of the risk factors are m…
February 9, 2015
Time Alone and Loving It
 Ok so I have no kids this weekend and no plans. How will I spend my time? File all my bills from 2014 and get working on my taxes? Fill out the long college financial aid form? Get those heaps of laundry done? Clean out all the closets and de-clutte…
February 2, 2015
Health is not just a six letter word
 What does the word health mean to you? For many of us, it brings up images of physical health. Disease avoidance, good cholesterol and blood pressure levels, watching our weights, getting good medical care, etc. However, there are many kinds of heal…
January 26, 2015
We've got bugs
 Did you know that you are full of bugs? That’s right – every cell in our bodies is outnumbered ten to one by bacteria, fungi, and other critters. Do you suddenly feel sick? Well don’t. These are normal and they live in us to help u…
January 19, 2015
Go Team!
 Maybe you think we sit around here and twiddle our thumbs because we’re not an emergency service. However, nothing could be farther than the truth. We all have very heavy workloads and during much of most days, you can hear a pin drop as we fo…
January 12, 2015
Tis the season
 Flu season, that is, and I got it. Not fun at all. Unfortunately, I did not prioritize getting the flu shot- it was not intentional, I am just so busy. But after 5 days of misery, I can assure you that it is worth your time. Some people don’t …
December 29, 2014
Fat Professional Athletes
 Do you yell at the TV screen while watching football games? I have just started doing this but I am not yelling at a bad play or a team mess up. I am yelling “FAT!” every time I see one of those linemen who is 100 pounds overweight. Go a…
December 22, 2014
Ugly Sweaters
 Well who knew? I was invited to my first ugly sweater party and since I only own gorgeous clothes (!), ran out to a discount store to find the ugliest sweater I could. I was stunned to find that stores actually have sections with that intention &nda…
December 15, 2014
Holiday fun?
 Is it just too much for you? We already know that balancing everything is tough, but then we throw in all the bustling of the holidays. I hear some people say they can’t stand it, it is too much. Well that is when it is time to slow down and a…
December 8, 2014
Dumb TV
 I am not a TV watcher except for two series a year that are so “Dumb TV” that I will not even name them here. A girl has got to keep her reputation after all. However, in thinking about it recently, I have come to believe that there is a…
December 2, 2014
U.S. in Poorest Health
 We’re rich and have the best medical care in the world, so we are the healthiest of the developed nations, right? Wrong. The National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine did a study, released in 2013, called “U.S. Health in In…
November 24, 2014
Healthy Thanksgiving
 Last year I wrote about all we should be grateful for, even things as simple as doorknobs. Maybe you have to go back and re-read that entry to know what I mean, but the point was that we should be grateful. This year, appreciate your family. As fam…
November 10, 2014
No time!
On a weekend when I was juggling three kids and their needs and schedules, as always, a friend took me to a movie. We hadn’t been in a long time – just too busy. Are you in the same boat? Hardly have time for social gatherings, leisure time, e…
November 3, 2014
Family Traditions
 My mother never liked Halloween for some reason, but she went along with it. One year she and my friend’s mom made us princess costumes with wands, and it was the best year ever. I still remember the excitement of the anticipation of that day,…
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