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.

April 21, 2014
Get out there and have fun!
 Last week about forty people congregated at the four corners of Hanover and High Streets to exercise. Everyone wore neon and the four groups did different exercises on each corner. Every 90 seconds the groups rotated to a new corner leader and start…
April 14, 2014
How to Make Worksite Wellness Work?
 Last week we talked about the benefits of having an employee wellness program at your worksite. If you are thinking about starting one, it is important to understand the critical components you need in order to be successful. There are seven as…
April 7, 2014
Wellness at Work?
 We all know about the obesity epidemic and that research shows you are better off being overweight and active than trim but sedentary. How many hours do you spend at work each day? How many of those hours are you sitting on your….chairs? You …
March 31, 2014
Teaching resilience to children
 One of the beauties of resilience is that it can be taught to children. There are a number of methods to do this, but they include many playful exercises that increase trust, friendliness, sense of community, learning to cope, confidence, etc. Some …
March 24, 2014
Wrapping up resilience
 Sometimes things are just too trying and it is easy to get overwhelmed and shut down. The reasons are too numerous to list, but we all have our challenges, and we all know what we are dealing with. Remember a few things to keep your head above water…
March 17, 2014
When your resilience sags
 Can you simply not seem to catch a break?Setbacks are hard, but when the setbacks seem to keep coming with no end in sight, it can become easy to have your spirits sag. I have been there, a loved one is there now, and I’m sure you can relate, …
March 10, 2014
Stress and resilience
 Are you stressed? Are your kids stressed? Actually, some stress can be a good thing.According to Dr. Ken Ginsburg’s book in Chapter 6, “Reaching Teens,” there can be positive effects of a certain amount of stress. However, in …
March 3, 2014
Sometimes you just have to laugh.
 Okay it has been a long winter – lots of snow! We have all been very resilient through it all, but more is coming! Part of resilience is the necessary sense of humor that really helps keeps us going, especially when we don’t really …
February 26, 2014
Another bump in the road
 Is it always something? Loss of a parent or a grandparent, an illness of a loved one, problems with our children, expensive car repair, relationship break-ups, and the list goes on and on. That is often how life seems to go, but I watch those around…
February 18, 2014
Resilience Has Many Forms
 My friend’s father died recently and it was inspiring to see how the situation was handled with such resilience. There are many situations that can call upon our resilience skills, and this was one of them. The seven C’s of resilience as…
February 11, 2014
Weather the Weather
 So everyone has had enough of this winter, or at least the people who I’m hearing from. Snow, ice, freezing cold, trees down, power out, what more is in store? Strangely enough, I haven’t been bothered by it – I have always loved w…
February 3, 2014
Strengthening Families
 Still want to learn more about resilience? Want another perspective on the topic? The Center for the Study of Social Policy, in Washington DC, has an approach to resiliency in families called Strengthening Families, and it includes “The Prote…
January 28, 2014
How to develop resilience
 “If children are given the chance to believe they’re worth something—if they truly believe that—they will insist upon it” ---- Maya AngelouIn recent installments, we have looked at what resilience means and seven critic…
January 20, 2014
 I always write my blog on Fridays and they are posted on Mondays. How do you feel about weekends? Don’t’ we all love them?This blog is about life balance. My guess is that many of us love weekends but are often too busy to enjoy them. We…
January 14, 2014
Resilience - The Seven C's
 So what in the world makes some people able to cope with adversity when others crumble at the slightest interruption of routine? Well, Dr. Ken Ginsburg has come up with what are the most critical ingredients to being resilient, and he calls them &ld…
January 6, 2014
You can do it!
 The kids are sick, the washing machine breaks, nothing is going right with the project you have due today at work, and a stranger says something nasty to you when you accidentally bump into him. Nothing is going right. Yet you take it one step at a …
December 23, 2013
Happy Holidays
 Tis the season to not only celebrate the beauty of the winter holidays, but also to reflect on how much we have to be grateful for. Our families, friends, and all the other things we have that are easily forgotten: health, pets, love, homes, etc. A …
December 16, 2013
Let it Snow!
 How many of you complain every time there’s snow in the forecast? Don’t you see the beauty in the powdery white stuff, coating the trees (yes, I know, and the roads) and blanketing the ground in white splendor? Weren’t you ever a k…
December 9, 2013
Where does your garden grow?
 As I wrote in a previous blog, obesity is our area’s number one health problem. The causes for it are poor nutrition and sedentary behavior. I addressed the ability to access our many parks and recreational facilities in a previous installment…
November 25, 2013
RE-create your recreation
 In the Needs Assessment that we released recently to the public, we found that only about 60% of people in the Tri-County Area are using public recreation facilities – can you believe that, especially in light of the fact that just in our area…
November 19, 2013
Our number one health challenge
 Last week, we presented the findings of PAHWF’s third Needs Assessment to the public. The presentation accompanies a report which covers many aspects which tell the story of the health of our area. Many people in the audience guessed correctly…
November 11, 2013
I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve!
 I am so excited, I feel like it’s Christmas Eve! Ok maybe not that excited, but pretty darn excited! Why? Because next week we will be unveiling our third Needs Assessment to the public. It is full of information about our community, its healt…
October 28, 2013
Laughter is the best medicine
 Let’s face it, we all have a lot going on. Sometimes it is too much. It is always so busy.Do you sometimes find yourself still running around in your work clothes until nine or ten at night and then still have other things to do? Such grown up…
October 23, 2013
Who needs a Needs Assessment?
 No one, I suppose, unless you are interested in learning about your area’s health status, access to care, health behaviors, and utilization of services. These are the principal components that were examined in the Needs Assessment, as well as …
October 16, 2013
Building resiliency - literally
 This week, I witnessed an amazing presentation on Resiliency that was one of the most intense presentations I’ve ever attended. Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Adolescent Pediatrician and internationally recognized resiliency expert, captivated a school aud…
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