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MCH participates in bike tour

Team Orange members, which include a Monadnock Community Hospital group, will once again participate in Breathe New Hampshire’s Annual Seacoast Bike Tour by logging their exercise sessions during hospital-based or home-based rehabilitation. Participants are encouraged to achieve their personal exercise goals while being part of a larger statewide team to raise awareness and funds for lung health in New Hampshire.

Team Orange members from “The Cheshire Cats” at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene and the “Monadnock Easy Breathers” at Monadnock Community Hospital kicked off the ride season during Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, March 9 to 15. The end of the season will coincide with Breathe New Hampshire’s 29th Annual Seacoast Bike Tour on May 17 and 18. Team Orange participants are invited to ride stationary bicycles at the Seacoast Bike Tour finish line in Ogunquit, Maine, on May 17.

“Patients get very involved in Team Orange and as a result, they exercise more which can only improve their stamina, endurance and overall health. Chronic lung disease not only robs you of your breath, it also affects your ability to participate in enjoyable, fun activities,” says Essy Moverman, pulmonary program specialist at Monadnock Community Hospital. “But with a solid foundation of management strategies, our patients see that they can do anything they set their minds to — even a six-week bike ride!”

Orange is the official color of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease awareness. COPD is a serious lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. Often known by other names, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, COPD is now the third cause of illness and disability in the United States. In New Hampshire, it is estimated that 6.5 percent of the population, over 85,000 people, live with COPD. To learn more about Team Orange, visit or call 1-800-835-8647.

Established in 1916, Breathe New Hampshire is the state’s oldest nonprofit health agency and is committed to promoting lung health and improving the quality of life for those living with lung disease.

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