Workshops starting June 28 to discuss living with a chronic condition

FRANKLIN — Would you like to increase your energy and better manage your health? If you or someone you live with has an ongoing health concern such as chronic pain, diabetes, or arthritis, and would like to learn how to better manage this health concern so that you can do the things you want to do, you can benefit from "Living Well".

Learn how to manage symptoms with the "Living Well- Better Choices, Better Health" workshop presented by LRGHealthcare. A free six-week workshop will be offered on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning June 28 at Franklin Regional Hospital. Those attending the workshops will apply skills for living a full, healthy life with a chronic condition, learn to set weekly goals and develop a practical step-by-step plan for improving health and quality of life. Weekly topics include healthy eating, physical activity, relieving stress, pain and fatigue management.

Workshop leaders will guide participants through this proven program developed by the Stanford University School of Medicine. These sessions are ideal for anyone living with a chronic health condition or a caregiver of someone with a chronic health condition.

For more information or to register for these upcoming workshops, call LRGHealthcare Education Services at 527-7120.

Bereavement support groups to be offered in Laconia and Wolfeboro

LACONIA and WOLFEBORO — Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is offering 7-week Bereavement Support Groups in two locations beginning in July. One group will meet in Laconia on Thursdays and the other group will meet in Wolfeboro on Tuesdays. Each group consists of a series of 90 minute meetings held each week for 7 weeks.

Support groups give people the opportunity to discuss and learn ways of coping with their loss, to gain the support of others in safe and caring ways, and to learn about the grief process. Although grief is a unique experience through which each person finds his or her own way, there are common threads  when going through grief.

Pre-registration is required. The support groups are offered free of charge, to register for the group or for more information, call or email James Miller, Hospice Bereavement Coordinator to schedule an appointment. Phone: 603-524-8444 x 2390 (Laconia) / 603-569-2729 x 3256 (Wolfeboro), email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CAP's Healthy Families program gains accreditation from national organization

LACONIA — Prevent Child Abuse America announced recently that the Healthy Families America affiliate, Community Action Program of Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. has been accredited as a provider of high quality home visiting services to families who want to improve their child's health, nutrition and developmental outcomes.

Expectant and new parents have common questions about their child's development. HFA connects with families through community partners like hospitals and pediatricians to find the answers to their questions, meeting within the familiarity and convenience of the family's own home. HFA is an accessible, voluntary and well-received service.

"The American Dream starts with a happy, healthy childhood," said Dan Duffy, president and CEO of PCA America. "As parents, we all have questions from time to time. Our HFA professionals offer evidence-based best practices to provide answers to questions, individualized support when needed most, and linkages to community services. As we congratulate Community Action Program of Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. we also recognize the state and community leadership that has contributed to success in Laconia, NH."

The accreditation process is based upon a stringent set of 12 critical elements grounded in more than 30 years of research. The process involves an in-depth examination of the site's operation, as well as the quality of the visits made by HFA home visitors.

"We commend the Community Action Program of Belknap-Merrimack Counties Healthy Family America Program for opening itself up to such an intensive review process," said Cydney Wessel, National Director of HFA. "We believe that all families and all communities deserve access to quality home visiting services."

The HFA site in Laconia is located at 121 Belmont Road at the Lakes Region Family Center.

Northfield youth center's medical director named Nurse Practitioner of the Year

NORTHFIELD — Spaulding Youth Center has announced that Evie Stacy, the center's medical director, was named the 2016 New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner of the Year.

Since 2004, Stacy has played a critical role on the campus medical team.

Stacy was honored at a special reception held at the Radisson Hotel Manchester following the 23rd Annual Northeast Regional Nurse Practitioner Conference. During this event, Stacy's dedication to the health and well‐being of Spaulding Youth Center students was highlighted along with the many other contributions to her Dartmouth Hitchcock office and the NH Nurse Practitioner Association, including assisting in the organization of this year's conference.

Each year, the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association names one recipient as the Nurse Practitioner of the Year. Requirements to be considered as a nominee includes qualifying as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner,
upholding a full member and in good standing for the NHNPA, making a significant contribution to the role of nurse practitioner at state and/or national level. Composed of past award recipients, the selection committee meets to review nominations and vote on the coming year's recipient.

Stacy's 35‐year career has been dedicated to caring for the physical and mental health of New Hampshire's children. "I feel very fortunate to have worked with so many children and families, and to have been an integral part of their healthcare," said Stacy.


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Evie Stacy (Courtesy photo)