HEARING MATTERS - Headphones and music - How loud is too loud?


Noise is everywhere, but for many young people receiving headphones as a holiday gift, parents may want to take notice. When it comes to loud sound, the general rule of thumb is the greater the volume, the shorter the acceptable duration for listening.
The top volume on many smartphones is approximately 102 decibels, about as loud as a leaf blower. Keeping the volume at 70 percent or around 82 decibels is safe for about eight hours a day. Eighty percent volume, or 89 decibels, is safe for 90 minutes. But crank it all the way up and only 10 minutes is safe.
Apps that measure decibel levels can show parents the amount of noise exposure their child is getting. It’s important for parents to help protect their kids hearing. The “Dangerous Decibels Program” is accessible online and can teach the physics of sound and how excessive noise can damage hearing.

Call the Audiology Department at ENT Associates of NH (dept of LRGH) for further information.

A nourished life - Key factors to long-lasting nourishment

Chellsey Latham


There is so much more to nutrition than just putting the right foods into your mouth. Long lasting nourishment is a journey and a learning experience that you yourself must go on. Here are some factors to consider:

• Food logging: I know it sounds boring and like it takes up a lot of time, but this is going to be what kick starts your journey. Learning about the foods you're actually eating and taking the accountability for it on paper (or in an app) really gives you a great tool. This gives you the opportunity to reflect on the food choices you've made and say, "WOW, did I really eat that?" This has been huge in my practice as a nutritionist. Majority of the time, I'll ask a client what their diet is like and lot of the time they can't tell me what they ate even the same day! If you don't remember what you're eating or how much, then how can it be improved?
Logging also acts as my road map to help you create change. I decipher, at minimum, a week's worth of food intake and implement a nutrition profile to see how balanced your diet truly is – most of the time it is not! I can learn a lot from seeing what foods and how much. It explains many things to an educated mind and this is how I can help you. Lying about it or fudging what you ate (yes, this does happen often) is not going to help you. Be honest. Yes, you're going to mess up, even after I give you instructions on how to change, but that's fine, you are human and we do learn from our mistakes.
I also tell clients to be in tune with how you feel throughout the days, make a note of it. A lot of the time our lives are going by so fast that we don't get in tune with how we really feel or what our bodies are communicating. This are signals that are telling a story, and during analysis they can unravel a lot about what nutrients may be overabundant or lacking within your life.

• Taking the time: This is a big one! Hands down, this is the largest complaint among my clients – they don't have the time. A lot of them ask me where they can just order and pay for their food to be delivered to their door. In my professional opinion, just ordering your food online is not the answer to any commitment or lifestyle change long term. You need to take the time. You need to learn how to food prep, you need to eat real, fresh foods! No matter how amazing you think your frozen or microwaved "healthy" dinner is, it's got NOTHIN on a fresh meal. Fresh food is alive, it can feed your body so much more and make your insides sing and do a happy dance! Taking the time to create a relationship with real, fresh foods will change your life, I promise.

• Attitude: If you go into making a change in your lifestyle and food intake with the wrong attitude it will stop you in your tracks. First and foremost you MUST have positivity and be in a place in your life where you can really commit, really push yourself to new places and make better choices. There is a physiological game at work here, there will be highs and lows, don't give in. Your body is a fortress, build it strong.

Chellsey Latham holds a doctorate in naturopathy and retains a focus on plant-based nutrition.
She lives her own Nourished Life traveling with her husband, eating to live and love passionately. She believes that there needs to be a more meaningful reconnection with real foods and an educated understanding of foods that are alive.
Through her blog series, A Nourished Life, she will share her extensive nutrition background as well as her very own journey and how you can also achieve balanced health and wellbeing for your very own Nourished Life.
See more at www.anourishedlife.com.

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Minuteman health plan participants have until Jan. 1 to choose new provider

CONCORD — Up to 20,000 Minuteman Health members may have received a letter from Anthem notifying them that the Health Insurance Marketplace has assigned them to an Anthem plan for 2018 and asking for a first payment. This letter could be confusing. All members have the opportunity to choose a new plan for 2018. The assignment to Anthem will only take place if a member does not choose his or her own plan.

The New Hampshire Insurance Department encourages all residents shopping for individual coverage – including Minuteman Health members –to actively compare and shop for health plans on and off of HealthCare.gov. Residents should also be aware that the financial assistance information included on the letters they received from carriers, including the Anthem letters to Minuteman members, may not be accurate. The subsidy information for 2018 plans may not have been available at the time the letters were prepared. Consumers should visit HealthCare.gov and update their application or use the plan preview tool to get an accurate estimate of what their subsidy and premium may be.

All Minuteman Health plans end on Dec. 31, and members will need to choose a plan with a new health insurance company by Jan. 1 to continue coverage.

“We understand that there is a lot of confusion for Granite Staters during this open enrollment period,” said Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny. “The Department is here as a resource for anyone in the state who has questions or concerns about their insurance coverage.”

The New Hampshire Insurance Department is available to help consumers who have received this letter and have questions. The Consumers Services unit can be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-852-3416 or 603-271-2261, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Genesis Behavior Health will take new name, in new location

LACONIA — Genesis Behavioral Health, in conjunction with its January move into its new, state-of-the-art medical facility in downtown Laconia, will resume use of its corporate name – Lakes Region Mental Health Center.

“It is clear that the intense stigma about mental health services has decreased in recent years,” said Maggie Pritchard, executive director. “The organization adopted the trade name “Genesis Behavioral Health” as a way to address that stigma both among the people we serve and the community. But now, there is greater appreciation that mental health is a critical and intertwined part of overall health. This name change reflects that changed community understanding.”

“We provide mental health services for the one in five of us that will experience some sort of mental health disorder in our lifetimes,” said Deborah Pendergast, chairman of the board of directors. “We decided that with this new building should come a new name – reflective of the high quality, comprehensive services we offer.”

Genesis Behavioral Health was founded in 1966 as Lakes Region Mental Health Center and has been supporting healthy minds in the Lakes Region ever since. Last year, the organization served almost 4,000 patients: 2,342 adults, 391 elders, and 1,150 children.

Genesis Behavioral Health is transforming this property located at 40 Beacon St. East in downtown Laconia into a state-of-the-art medical facility for its patients and for the community. Under construction now, the new health center will be open in January and the organization renamed Lakes Region Mental Health Center.

For more information or to support Genesis Behavioral Health, contact Ann E. Nichols, director of development and public relations, at 603-524-110, ext. 445, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..