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Gearing Up for Summer: 5 Healthy, Upper Valley Spots to Keep You on Track With Your Goals

Apr 03, 2019 02:35PM ● By Kevin
By a quarter of the way through the New Year, many people’s health and fitness goals fall by the wayside. Fiscal year-end and the stresses of work, school, kids’ activities, or just plain life, in general, can distract us from our dreams.

Whether you’ve fallen off the wagon or are still going strong with your health and fitness routines, we’ve got you covered with a short list of local spots to keep you healthy as spring starts blooming in full.


Eat Natural Foods

The Upper Valley Food Co-op is a community-supported natural foods market, which promotes the local economy, is committed to sustainability, and enriches lives through education.

Currently, the co-op’s membership is 1300 active members. Its commitment to providing wholesome and high-quality food and other products remains strong, as does its support for local growers and producers. Additionally, co-op members continue to educate consumers about food and nutrition, food safety issues, and other health-related topics. Finally, the UVFC networks with other co-operative businesses regionally to encourage an economic environment that benefits all consumers. Join the co-op as it continues to grow and improve, by becoming a member, today!

The co-op is located at 193 N. Main St. in White River Junction. For more information, visit


Burn Fat, Build Muscle, Have Fun

KDR Fitness stands for “Knowledge Driven Results.” Its mission is to crush obesity rates in the Lebanon community and beyond so that residents can live longer, happier, healthier lives and enjoy everything the Upper Valley area has to offer.

This is the only gym in the Upper Valley that focuses on improving lifestyle. If you truly want to be healthy and keep the weight off, you must have a lifestyle that allows that to happen.  KDR calls it the three pillars of WELL-TH:

  1. Community.
  2. Movement/exercise
  3. Lifestyle (nutrition and recovery).

The gym allows members to join risk-free for 30 days. For more information and pricing, visit KDR Fitness is located at 75 Bank St. in Lebanon.


Joyful, Competent Eating

Melanie Loschiavo, RD LD CD, located at 174 Main St. in Bradford, is a native of the Upper Valley and owner of Upper Valley Nutrition Services. Her philosophy on nutrition is that it should be a balance of body nourishment and fuel, while also being a joyful experience.

She will help you approach nutrition in a way that keeps the enjoyment of food as a priority and in a way that considers not only the science of nutrition but also the important and diverse ways food plays a role in your life. Her goal is to help you find your optimal health through better eating – your own unique way.

For more information, visit


Get Outside and Enjoy the Scenery

The Albert Schweitzer Trails at Dartmouth are extensive, diverse, and beautiful all at the same time. Walking and hiking them is a great way to enjoy the beautiful Upper Valley spring weather while also getting some exercise. They include approximately 40 minutes of walking, depending on your speed or leisure, spanning about two miles.

More information and trail maps can be found at


Run a Race or Two (or a whole series)

The Upper Valley Running Series is a series of existing road races in the Upper Valley. The goal is to encourage participation and competition in Upper Valley road races, with recognition for performance and participation for runners. Runners who are members of the club at the time of the race do not need to register separately for the UVRS series; simply participating in the road races through the standard registration process qualifies a runner in the series. However, to score, you must be a member of the Upper Valley Running Club.

While the series has already begun in 2019, with two races already in the books, there’s still time to complete a majority of the season, with the next race happening on June 16 in Lebanon. It is a four miler, known as Skip’s Run.

For more information, visit

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