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Ottauquechee Health Foundation brings ‘ Resilience ’ to Woodstock

Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m.—WOODSTOCK— The Ottauquechee Health Foundation (OCF) is proud to present the film screening of “ Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope,” at the Town Hall Theater in Woodstock, on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. “Resilience” chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

“Resilience” is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.

“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

The experts and practitioners profiled in “Resilience” show that what’s predictable is preventable. They are working in communities to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect, and using cutting-edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

“In the United States, we spend trillions of dollars every year treating preventable diseases, rather than intervening before a patient is sick and suffering,” said Resilience director James Redford.

Prevention and support are one of the most powerful ways to shift the cycle and “Resilience” is an influential film that brings much needed awareness to the topic of Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma-informed practices.

The film screening is free and will be followed by a panel discussion with area educators and providers who are part of the national movement highlighted in “Resilience” to prevent childhood trauma, treat toxic stress, and greatly improve the health of future generations.

OCF is located at 30 Pleasant St., Woodstock. For more information, visit ohfvt.org or call  802-457-4188.

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