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Speare Introduces Workplace Wellness Program

PLYMOUTH — For Ramandeep "Deep" Davis, a pharmacy technician at Speare Memorial Hospital, it was seeing herself in vacation pictures that made her take action. Norma Shields, medical technologist in the Laboratory, saw her new position at Speare as a as an opportunity to make other life changes as well. Over the previous 10 years, she saw her weight, blood pressure and blood sugar creep up. As a result of ongoing support from Speare's Certified Health Coach Janette Gaumer, Norma and Deep have a combined total weight loss of more than 60 pounds. They are maintaining their weight loss and exercise programs to this day.

These are two of the many employee success stories Speare Memorial Hospital has realized as a result of implementing a workplace wellness program over the last four years. It began in 2010 when the Hospital became tobacco free and tied-in savings to employees' health insurance premium for being non-smokers. It has grown from there to include health risk assessments which include measurement of blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, height, weight. Employees meet with wellness coaches to review their results and are encouraged to seek support from our own health professionals.

Now Speare wants to help businesses invest in a healthy work force with a new Workplace Wellness program. According to a 2012 report by the Wellness Council for America, businesses save $3 for every $1 invested in employee wellness. Among the benefits for your organization are:

· enhanced productivity,

· lower health care costs,

· decreased rates of illness and injury,

· reduced employee absenteeism,

· improved employee morale.

This doesn't include the individual employee benefits of decreased stress, improved self-image, physical fitness and health, as well as, weight loss.

Together Speare's registered dietitians and registered nurses have developed a comprehensive program aimed at promoting your employees' personal healthy eating and active living goals. Choose between the five-week Know Your Numbers option or customize a program that best suits your organization's health and wellness needs.

To learn more and get started on the road to Workplace Wellness, download the brochure off the Speare website, www.spearehospital.com, or contact our wellness experts at (603) 238-2244 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Speare Memorial Hospital —a 24-hour, acute care, non-profit community hospital and health care provider serving Plymouth and the communities of central New Hampshire—is nationally ranked as a HealthStrongTM: Top 100 Critical Access Hospital. Visit online at www.spearehospital.com and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:15

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Hypnotist show Saturday

LACONIA — Hypnotist and entertainer Pete Mamos will entertain at a benefit for the WLNH Children's Auction on Saturday, March 15, at Blackstone's Lounge at the Margate Resort.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the program getting under way at 8 p.m.

The benefit is sponsored by Cafe Deja Vu and Pub Mania.

Tickets, $15 and $20 on Saturday, are available at Cafe Deja Vu, All My Life Jewelers, Studio 23, and Patrick's Pub & Eatery.

In addition to the entertainment there will be door prizes, raffles and 50/50.

More information is available by calling 603-998-1418.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:12

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New Hampton Hazard Mitigation Plan Being Updated

NEW HAMPTON — The New Hampton Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee will begin the process of updating its 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The committee, which is represented by a variety of local interests, will focus on the natural and man-made hazards that put New Hampton at risk as well as the development of recommendations to protect the safety and well being of town residents.

The committee will have its first meeting on March 14 at the New Hampton Public Safety Building, 26 Intervale Drive starting at 2 p.m. Residents and business owners of New Hampton and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input.

Hazard Mitigation Planning is as important to reducing disaster losses as are appropriate regulations and land use ordinances. The most significant areas of concern for New Hampton will be determined as a result of this process.

For more information call Chief Michael Drake, New Hampton Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director at 744-2735 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:06

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Congresswoman Shea-Porter's staff will be in Center Harbor and Meredith Friday

CENTER HARBOR, MEREDITH – On Friday, March 14, members of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter's staff will hold open office hours at town halls in Center Harbor and Meredith.

Members of Shea-Porter's staff will be available to assist constituents with issues they may be facing with a federal agency or with local concerns.

"If you need help with issues related to the federal government such as veterans' benefits, Social Security, Medicare, or home mortgages, my office can help, and I encourage you to stop by," Shea-Porter said.For questions or additional information about services offered through the office hours, constituents should contact Abby Sickles at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 641-9536.

On Friday, March 14, staffers will be at Center Harbor Town Hall from 10 to 11 a.m., then at Meredith Town Hall Annex from noon to 1 p.m.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:48

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