Category Archive: Education/School

NHFPI: Nashua Telegraph editorial supports Medicaid Expansion

Nashua Telegraph Editorial Supports Medicaid Expansion Lawmakers have an opportunity to extend Medicaid to more low-income adults through the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire. The Nashua Telegraph today took a position in favor of the expansion because it would help thousands of hard-working people in New Hampshire who do not have insurance. …

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First Lady Michelle Obama at Boston Children’s Hospital

First Lady Michelle Obama honored Boston Children’s by visiting our patients and families who were grievously impacted by the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Even during this challenging time, her uplifting presence inspired the patients and staff alike. We wholeheartedly thank her for her visit, for the compassion she showed to the …

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Welcome to NH Family Voices

Caring for children with special needs can be exhausting and complex. Parents and caregivers often struggle to find the resources and services their child needs. NH Family Voices is in a unique position to help families because we are parents who have children/youth and young adults with chronic health, physical, developmental and mental health challenges. …

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Michelle Obama, Big Bird release new kid fitness ad

By Eun Kyung Kim, TODAY contributor Big Bird is back in the political spotlight, but this time on his own terms, helping Michelle Obama convince kids to eat healthy and stay active. The Sesame Street character stars in two public service announcements released Thursday by the White House to mark the third anniversary of …

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New plan for state’s parks calls for more trails and playgrounds

A new five-year plan outlining the future of outdoor recreation activities in New Hampshire calls for the creation of more walking and running trails for older adults, playgrounds for kids, and maximizing use of state parks with year-round activities. The state’s Division of Parks and Recreation is required by law to compile a report on …

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Epileptic boy’s book helps raise money for seizure dog

Evan Moss’ seizures come quietly in the night. When they strike, the 7-year-old’s parents have to give him medicine to make them stop — or risk brain damage. But to do that, they have to know they are happening. Lisa and Rob Moss live in fear of missing one. The seizures are so silent that …

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Valley News: Lyme Fourth-Grader Is a Real Champion

By Jon Wolper Valley News Staff Writer Sunday, November 11, 2012 Lyme — YuYu Cutting stood inside a crudely drawn foursquare box on the Lyme School blacktop, balancing a deflated basketball in his left hand. He brought his hand back, keeping the ball in place with the hook protruding from the right sleeve of his …

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Nominations open for person that has promoted parent involvement in education

Do you know of a parent, educator, volunteer, parent-teacher group, or community organization that has made an extraordinary contribution to promoting parent involvement in education? You can help them get the recognition they deserve while advancing the cause of strong family-school partnerships in New Hampshire!  Read more…


Cooking matters program launched

LANCASTER –A new program has been launched to encourage and teach people how to produce healthy, more cost effective and tasty meals. Recently, 6 local families consisting of 14 children and adults gathered for one of several hands on sessions.

The goal of the “Cooking Matters” program, said UNH Cooperative Extension Educator Heidi Barker, is help people develop “the skills to can provide healthier and more cost effective (meal) options.”

Data shows Coos County leads the state in obesity and much of this relates to poor eating habits, less access to fresh fruit and vegetable and an over reliance on processed food. By teaching people about food and nutrition, along with embedding shopping, culinary skills people will be able to turn less expensive raw food into wholesome meals.

On this evening, Michael Holland, the food service director at the Weeks Medical Center, taught the participants techniques for proper knife safety as well how to follow recipes and understand portion sizes. He noted that a lot of processed foods remove the nutritious items – like grain and natural starches and add fillers like sugar. “That’s why,” he said, “when you eat something (over-processed) and then a half an hour later you’re starving again.”

Michael Holland shows basic knife safety to Emma Mullins.
Susan Chancey, Home Visitor at Weeks Medical Center, worked with children and young adults to explore various types of fruits and vegetables and dips and toppings that may make them more appealing.

A planning group has been working for several months on identifying a small, focus group to combat poor eating habits. It became apparent that many families face nutritional issues because they have never learned to cook and consistently struggle purchasing healthy foods with a limited budget, Barker said. The “Cooking Matters” program had been successfully implemented in Colebrook.

Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ has been developed by the UNH Cooperative Extension and supported by several partners Weeks Medical Center, Coos County Partners in Health and the Council for Children with Chronic Health Conditions.

The key leadership that started and supported the Cooking Matters program, includes from the left, Bob Fink, Weeks Medical Center, Resource Development official; Lise Potter, Weeks Medical Center Dietary Manager ; Mike Holland, Weeks Medical Center Chef; Heidi Barker, UNH Cooperative Extension, Nutrition Educator; Scott Howe, CEO, Weeks Medical Center and Executive Councilor Ray Burton Center helps special needs kids deal with bullying

THE GAZETTE Marshall Martin-Dreher placed his hand on his hip to form an imaginary trash can opening, and then pretended to shovel derogatory words into it. “The words go away,” he said.   The 7-year-old boy recently learned this anti-bullying coping mechanism that he can use at school if kids call him names. He also …

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