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.

July 29, 2014
Strength in Families
 Last week my father had a life-threatening medical emergency. Things were dire for a few days. I dropped everything and went to Long Island to be with my parents. My poor mom was so scared and my poor dad was so sick. After a couple of days of dism…
July 21, 2014
This Too Shall Pass
I have been very fortunate in my life but I can look back and think of some very serious and dire times that I have come through. Most people I know can say the same thing, and I am witness to amazing strength and courage in beloved friends who have suffe…
July 14, 2014
All in the Family
 We are all getting older, but watching my dad go through medical problems that had him basically bedridden for five months and getting physically weaker was difficult. I mean this is the guy who was part of a mountaineering party which made a first …
July 7, 2014
Girl Power
 It’s a man’s world. Or is it? When I was growing up, the roles were clearly divided traditionally. Dad did the guy things and Mom did the female tasks. Mom even went so far as to refer to herself as a Delicate Flower (maybe to avoid any …
June 30, 2014
Life Choices
Stuff happens. None of us is exempt from the foibles and misfortunes life hands us. But we do have a choice in how we choose to respond to those difficult times. I have learned so much from two friends who have experienced personal tragedies – not b…
June 23, 2014
Why Wellness at All?
 I just watched a webinar on high cost employees, and worksite wellness seems more like a no-brainer than ever! Did you know: ·   &n…
June 16, 2014
Worksite Wellness - Do a lot with a little
 Walk during lunch hour, drink more water, increase your intake of fruits and veggies, have teams that compete to lose weight. Worksite wellness does not have to be complicated or expensive. I am currently working with two organizations who have no e…
June 9, 2014
Balancing Act
 I took the morning off today. After running around for months for soccer, meetings, proms, teas, graduation, doing the graduation party (next time hello caterers! – Never again!), going to other graduation parties, and a zillion other things, …
June 3, 2014
Blog Learn at Lunch
 One popular activity with Worksite Wellness programs is where people organize a monthly (more or less) series of speakers, usually over lunch hour. These are called Lunch and Learns and people really enjoy them. Read more
May 27, 2014
Going, going, gone
My baby, who was in my lap while I read the same book over and over and who I sang to at bedtime every night for years, is graduating from high school in three days. What? Who the heck allowed this to happen? Honestly, it all happened gradually – …
May 19, 2014
What's for lunch?
 Love digging into that burger and fries on your lunch break? Have trouble walking past the doughnuts and pastries in the break room? Have you had your recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables today? Yesterday? Can you remember the last tim…
May 12, 2014
Walk your way to wellness
 There are a number of ways to encourage physical activity in the workplace, and for those who groan at the thought, it can be an activity as simple as walking. Walking is a healthy exercise and you can do it at work as well! Here are some ideas and …
May 5, 2014
Lessons learned from mulch
 I love my rock garden. I love my trees and bushes and grass and……I stare at it daily, daunted by the six yards of mulch at the top of my driveway. How will I ever get it done?  I have so much to do and my daughter’s graduati…
April 28, 2014
Worksite Wellness - Getting Started
 So you would like to start improving the health, productivity, and morale of your workplace? It really isn’t difficult, you just need to change the culture one small step at a time. You can do a lot with a little, or you can just do a little. …
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…
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