HEALTH FOR 7-13 Ask Lisa - How can I guide my high schooler?

Dear Lisa,
My son will be entering high school this fall. He has always been a good kid, but I have heard that kids can be vulnerable to using drugs and alcohol during times of stress and change. Is there anything I can do to help him?

Thank you,

Dear Marie,
I am happy to see that you are thinking ahead to prevent drug and alcohol use for your son. You're right that kids are more likely to use drugs and alcohol during times of stress and change. The good news is that according to, families are the #1 reason kids choose not to drink. They don't want to let their parents, grandparents or guardians down. Getting involved and sending clear, supportive messages will go a long way in helping your young teen.

Here are a couple of things you can do to help your son manage change and reduce his risk of using drugs and alcohol:

1. Review the "Parent Talk Kit" for specific scenarios and tips for talking to kids as they enter high school, manage stress and potentially deal with exposure to drugs and alcohol
2. Consider your own alcohol or drug use. When kids see adults misuse alcohol and drugs it can send a message to kids that alcohol and drug use is okay. Adults using substances to reduce stress after work, or relax at a party can give kids the wrong message.
3. Remind your child that most kids in this region are NOT using drugs and alcohol.
4. Make sure your home is safe, lock up medications and alcohol.
5. Get the facts: for more information go to:

Health screenings available in Gilford on Aug. 2


GILFORD — Lakes Region residents can learn about risks for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with screenings by Life Line Screening at the Gilford Community Church on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Screenings can check for:

— The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.

— HDL and LDL cholesterol levels.

— Diabetes risk.

— Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis.

— Kidney and thyroid function.

Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking is also available.

Packages start at $149. Consultants will work with people to create a package based on the individual's age and risk factors.

Pre-registration is required. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit



Health center to hold health fairs in Laconia, Franklin


LACONIA — HealthFirst Family Care Center Inc. hosting a Health and Family Fun Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its location at 22 Strafford St.

HealthFirst will also hold an identical event on Wednesday, Aug. 10, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Franklin facility at 841 Central St.

The events are being held to coincide with National Health Center Week, Aug. 7 to 13. The fairs are also a way for HealthFirst to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

For the last two decades, HealthFirst has been delivering family-centered primary healthcare, preventative care and health education to area residents, regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status. HealthFirst offers individualized, complete and coordinated healthcare to people of all ages, from babies to great-grandparents.

HealthFire President and CEO Rick Silverberg said, "Since 1996, HealthFirst has continued to grow and become an integral part of the healthcare network in this community. With the help of many supporters, dedicated staff, federal state and local officials, and most importantly our clients, HealthFirst has been able to fully implement the Federally-Qualified Health Center model of providing service for all."

The Aug. 9 and Aug. 10 events are free and open to the public, and will include open house tours, games for kids, Fred Caruso live broadcasting, an exotic animal show, Judy Tyler face painting, fire and police demonstrations, and a Cash for Cans donation dunk tank.


Beast Cancer support gathering planned for Monday

LACONIA — The next LRGHealthcare Breast Cancer and Beyond support gathering will be held on Monday, July 11 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The gathering will be held in the Tanger Suite, also known as the Women's Imaging and Breast Health Services, and will continue to the Third Floor Patio if weather permits. Healthy appetizers will be available.

As an additional reminder, Yoga for Survivors is held every third Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Yoga from the Heart, 52 Canal Street, Laconia, and is free of charge.

RSVP is appreciated but not required for the Breast Cancer and Beyond Support Program. For more information, contact Ginny Witkin at 603-527-2940 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..