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The home for VPR's coverage of health and health industry issues affecting the state of Vermont.

I'm So Stressed Out!

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Balancing our physical, mental, emotional and social states helps us manage stress.

Stress, what is it good for? Well, it can be a motivator to launch us into action. But chronic stress can cause physical and psychological problems from heart disease to depression to even acne.

While being "stressed out" seems to be a catch phrase these days for anyone with any amount of pressure in their life, we hear from Evy Smith, an Employee and Family Assistance Program Counselor at UVM Medical Center, about the long-term effects and how you can lessen the amount of it in your life.

Post your questions or comments about stress here or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

Also on the program, Dr. Connie Shemo, history professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, explores the "love at first sight" trope in Disney's Princess movies and how that has changed. She also puts "Frozen" in an historical context. She will give a talk on the subject on Thursday evening.

Plus, we get answers to your maple syrup questions from Abby van den Berg of the University of Vermont's Proctor Maple Research Center.

Broadcast live on Tues., March 31, 2015 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.