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Michelle Obama, Big Bird release new kid fitness ad

By Eun Kyung Kim, TODAY contributor http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=uVn6p9s1gUk 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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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

Gorham’s Lemoine advocating for heart disease screening for newborns

 By Jeff Woodburn GORHAM – A local woman who nearly lost her son to congenital heart disease is leading an effort to institute early detection screening of newborn infants.  Jennifer Lemoine, of Gorham, wants all babies to have a pulse oximetry test — a simple, non-evasive blood oxygen test – before the mother and her …

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Littleton Hosptial Wellness fair draws big crowd

By Jeff Woodburn Under Saturday’s blazing sun, the 4th Annual Feel’n Top Notch Outdoor Expo and Wellness Fair was held at Franconia’s Dow Field. Thirty vendors promoted their businesses, organizations or services that were all designed to improve or promote wellness.  “We hope people get information and learn about healthy living,” said Gail Clark, director …

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Nurse is ‘amazed by parents and kids’ with chronic conditions, disabilities

Deb Chamberlain, RN, a pediatric nurse care coordinator at the Cheshire County Medical Center, has seen many parents’ worst nightmares — children with debilitating disease, life-long conditions and severe developmental disabilities. But that is not what defines her job. What “amazes” her is the parents and children, who despite their challenges, have great attitudes.  “It …

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Creating the best doctor-patient relations

Doctor-patient relationships are important. Dr. Lisa Plotnik, from the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), says the relationship is kind of like dating. “You wouldn’t date someone repeatedly if you don’t like them,” she said and the same is true with a medical doctor. Plotnik says it’s important to do your homework, but if the communication …

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What is a Medical Home?

From Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene In a healthcare world that has become sophisticated and complex, the important role of primary care physicians is sometimes overlooked. As America’s baby boomers reach their 50’s and 60’s, as new medications and technologies allow people to live longer, and as poor lifestyle choices contribute to chronic diseases, the …

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Students make hair-hats for people with cancer

WHITEFIELD – Eighth Students at the Whitefield School made “hair-hat” for cancer patients last week. It was part of an on-going project about former professional road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong struggles with cancer. The project was started by Mollie White, of the American Cancer Society, who’s daughter is a student at the Whitefield School. “Hair-hats” …

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Coos County plans to Invest in Early Childhood Development

By Jeff Woodburn WHITEFIELD – The importance of investing in early childhood development was the focus of an all day conference of educators, health providers, parents and community member on Friday at the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield. The meeting included a keynote address by Dr. Hiro Yoshikawa, of Harvard University, a well known author …

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Large turnout ask Senate to restore funds for kids

A large turnout of people — and even a few children — asked the New Hampshire State Senate to restore funds to many of the programs to assist children and young people with chronic conditions and disabilities.  Among the youngest speakers was Cobin Smith, of Lancaster, who told lawmakers to “stop taking supports away from …

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