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LRGHealthcare diabetes education program earns ADA recognition

LACONIA – The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the LRGHealthcare Diabetes and Nutrition Center on March 25. The program was originally recognized in June of 2002. ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

The Association's Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. "The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide," comments Carole Domin, LRGHealthcare Director of Nutritional Programming. "And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service." Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 4,657 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. About 1.7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2012 in the US. Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the US. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.

For more information on Recognized education programs in your area or other American Diabetes Association programs, call your local ADA office or contact the ADA online at www.diabetes.org/erp

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 06:02

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Preferred Vacation Rentals expects to set new record in 2015

MOULTONBOROUGH — With more American travelers expected to choose vacation rentals this summer, 2015 is expected to be a record-breaking year for Preferred Vacation Rentals.

According to a 2014 survey conducted by TripAdvisor, more than half of the responders said they'd prefer renting a home, where they can share time with loved ones in a comfortable, home-like setting, to staying in a hotel. Fifty-two percent of those U.S. travelers said they were planning a rental stay, compared to 44 percent in 2013. In addition, 94 percent of Americans who'd recently stayed in a vacation rental were reportedly satisfied with the experience.

Those trends are consistent with those in the Lakes Region. Just days into spring, Mark Borrin, owner of Preferred Vacation Rentals, reports that the 2015 summer season is already off to a promising start. In March, Borrin said that he's already seen a 17 percent increase in bookings over this time last year, indicating that the demand for quality rental options will continue to rise.

Fortunately, Borrin and his staff have been planning ahead. Striving to meet growing demands, Preferred Vacation Rentals opened a second office in Wolfeboro this past December. The family-owned company, founded by Borrin's parents, Mel and Tina, in 1978, now operates out of two locations in the heart of the Lakes Region: its flagship site at 34 Whittier Highway and its newer office, located at 25 N. Main St. in Wolfeboro.

Borrin and his team are actively seeking additional rental properties to ensure all clients can enjoy their dream Lakes Region vacation. "It's a great way for a homeowner to capture some additional income," he said, noting that Lakes Region vacation rental rates average over $2,600 per week.

With well over 200 vacation properties in its listings, ranging from quaint wooded cottages to sprawling island estates, Preferred Vacation Rentals is the place where Lakes Region summer fun has begun for several generations of vacationers, while putting property owners' cares to rest. "It's not just about renting properties," Borrin said. "Our team is dedicated to helping every visitor have the very best experiences possible in the Lakes Region. We consider ourselves the finest vacation rental company in the region, as we strive to provide exceptional service to both our homeowners and our guests."

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 05:14

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Meredith Chamber looking for events listings

MEREDITH — All civic and community organizations and Chamber member businesses are invited to submit listings of their upcoming events to the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce for inclusion on the Chamber's website, www.meredithareachamber.com The Chamber Calendar of Events serves as a master calendar for the area and clearing house for events in that organizations or businesses are able to contact the Chamber when scheduling an event so as to avoid duplication. To submit an event, include the name of the event, the sponsoring organization, the date, time, and place and mail to the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce at Box 732, Meredith, NH 03253 or e-mail the information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Susan Cerutti, Executive Director of the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce reports that the Chamber is looking for events taking place in the towns in the Winnipesaukee, Squam, and Newfound Regions of Central New Hampshire. The Chamber's website receives over 4000 unique visitors a month and the calendar of events is one of the most visited pages.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 04:58

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Roofing contractor receives 'Shining Star Award'

CONCORD — FBI Contracting, a Concord-based business with an office in Tilton, was honored with the Shining Star Award by their metal roofing supplier, Kassel & Irons, for their performance in 2014. This award is given to only a few roofing contractors across North America who exemplify superior customer service and quality resulting in high volume sales. Frank and Nic Iberger accepted the award on behalf of their organization at Kassel & Irons' annual dealer meeting in Piqua, Ohio.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 04:49

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