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Bariatric Support Group meets Dec. 19

LACONIA — The Weight Institute of New Hampshire (WINH), a department of Lakes Region General Hospital, is pleased to offer a monthly bariatric support group facilitated by registered dietitian Kathleen Hayward, RD LD. The support group will meet on Thursday, December 19 at the WINH Conference Room in the Medical Office Building from 6-7 p.m.

This month's support group will be discussing the topic of Understanding Protein, specifically protein needs and supplements. Bring in a favorite protein dish, supplement or recipe to share.

The support group meets the third Thursday of every month. Open to patients and family members who have had or will be having bariatric surgery at LRGH or elsewhere. To register, please call 527-2946.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:16

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Two Las Vegas comedians at Pitman's Saturday night

LACONIA  — Stand up comedy returns to Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia, Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. with a show featuring two Las Vegas comedians as Paul Nardizzi and Bob Seibel, who are both regulars performing in Las Vegas and Atlantic City will be appearing in the same show.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance by contacting Pitman's at (603) 527-0043 or (603) 494-3334 or tickets may be purchased at the door the night of the show. Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Nardizzi is a national headliner who has made four appearances on the Conan O'Brien Show, and has been seen on Comcast Comedy Spotlight, HBO, and A&E's Evening at the Improv.

Nardizzi is a past winner of the Boston Comedy Festival and he is a past winner of HBO's U.S. Comedy and Arts Festival as well as having been a finalist in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition.

Seibel is a 25-year veteran of the Boston comedy scene and is one of Boston's best and most popular comedians. Having earned a reputation for his quick, sustained improvisation, Seibel is well known throughout the Comedy Clubs in the New England area and is a regular performer in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

"The comedy shows continue to be at a level better than we had anticipated," said Pitman's owner Dick Mitchell who works along with New England based Laugh Riot Productions to bring the comedy nights to Laconia. "Thus far the comedy fans of the region have really supported the shows and as long as that happens we will continue to bring on these types of acts.

"We had nearly 150 people at our one-year anniversary show in November. We understand people might be busy with Christmas only a couple of weeks away, but this would be a great time to have a few laughs and have a great time."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:12

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Movie night at Bristol Baptist Church

BRISTOL — On Friday, January 17, 2014, Bristol Baptist Church will be having their monthly movie night. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with food. The movie will be "Under the Influence" with comedian Ken Davis.

For more information, please call 744-3885.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:23

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Speare Hospital’s cardiac rehab program receives national certification

PLYMOUTH — Speare Memorial Hospital is proud to announce the certification of its Cardiac Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Speare's Cardiac Rehab was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms,) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

Cardiac Rehab Exercise Physiologists Craig Johnson and Rachel Kindl explained the nearly year-long application process, "We developed a new patient care plan which identifies risk factors in four categories: exercise, nutrition, social and educational. For example, in the exercise category, each patient completes a pre- and post-program walking assessment. AACVPR requires this data to be submitted to show the percent change of our patients' exercise tolerance."

AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

"National certification of our Cardiac Rehab program, along with Craig and Rachel's individual certifications, is a significant achievement and is a reflection of their engagement with patients and commitment to improved patient outcomes," says Linda Nestor, director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Speare. "Being certified by the AACVPR benefits our patients through the knowledge that the best care is right in their own backyard. Additionally, it gives the cardiologists from the New England Heart Institute directing our patients' cardiac care confidence in the care they are prescribing."

For more information about Speare's Cardiac Rehabilitation program call 238-6440 or visit online at www.spearehospital.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:19

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