As we get into the heart of the season, with cold temps, a lack of sun and less time spent outside, many in our region start feeling the effects the winter blues.
About one in 10 Vermonters struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of seasonal depression that stems from a lack of sunshine.
Liz Dodd at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center is organizing a panel of experts to talk about ways to beat the winter blues.
"During the wintertime we can all end up feeling a little grumpy, a little out of sorts, we haven't seen the sunshine for several days -- might be gaining more weight, putting on those extra pounds in the wintertime," says Dodd. "And we tend to do that every year -- we find ourselves a little more on edge."
Dodd says getting outside, getting more exercise, and talking to your doctor about possible medicines you can take are all things people can do to combat the winter blues.
That forum will happen Jan. 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Montpelier Senior Center.