When she isn't treating children at Mount Ascutney Hospital, pediatrician Mary Bender gets to feel like a kid again.
A Norwich resident and mother of two Marion Cross Elementary School students, Bender often joins her sons, sixth-grader Billy and third-grader Danny, on outdoor adventures as part of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance's Passport to Winter Fun program.
She didn't have to go far for the family's most recent outing, utilizing their backyard for sledding.
"I love to sled as much as anyone," Bender said. "But it feels kind of silly doing it without children."
While Bender may be motivated to join as a way to release her inner child, Billy and Danny have more tangible incentives at work. For every hour of physical activity they exercise, another square gets filled in their Passport to Winter Fun.