Caring for others, caring for ourselves

Thursday, April 30, 2015

We recognize our school nurses by celebrating National School Nurse Day on Wednesday, as a way to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. The theme this year is “School Nurses: Caring for Others. Caring for Ourselves.” Parents should be able to send their children to school with the peace of mind that they will remain safe, healthy and ready to learn. Given … 0

Parent Wise: Self-care for mom is currency for children

Friday, May 1, 2015

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Cards and flowers are always nice, especially when your children have something to do with it. Or maybe that’s the day when your child doesn’t yell “You’re not my mother, and you’re not the boss of me” but instead says “You’re the best mom in the … 0

Dog Tales: The Matching Law: Use it to your advantage

Friday, May 1, 2015

Animal training is a science. No one argues that 2 + 2 = 4, yet dog trainers have so many ways to train dogs it’s an industry joke. Ask five dog trainers how to teach a dog to sit and you’ll get five different answers. Granted there are different techniques, but the science … 0

Keene: Healthy Starts 5K Run/Walk Saturday

Friday, May 1, 2015

The third annual Healthy Starts 5K Run/Walk event is Saturday at 9 a.m. at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services. The 3.1 mile course starts and finishes at HCS’s Keene office at 312 Marlboro St. The course is a mostly flat loop through residential areas and the bike … 0

Francestown: Register for annual spring blood drive

Friday, May 1, 2015

Francestown’s annual spring blood drive will be held on Monday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Francestown Elementary School. Appointments are recommended. Please schedule at or via phone at 1-800-733-2767. Walk-in donors are also welcome. To confirm medical eligibility, please call the Red Cross at 1-800-462-9400 and … 0

Over 55: Life filled to the brim

Monday, April 27, 2015

The last of the baby boomers have turned 50, and with that, comes a new set of challenges. One of them is maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. But being active isn’t just keeping up with physical activity … 0

HealthFirst: Learning, a lifelong journey

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mahatma Gandhi once wrote, “Learn as if you were going to live forever.” It is my firm belief that if a person continues to learn, to expand the mind, and keep a sense of curiosity about the world, … 0

HealthFirst: A meal with friends

Monday, April 27, 2015

Where can you go, where everyone knows your name? Every third Thursday, Home, Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services sponsors Friendly Meals for seniors at the VFW Hall in Jaffrey. Folks use the time as a social hour and … 0

Interview by Priscilla Morrill: Advice for the third quarter of life

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Q: What are some of the factors relevant to wellness in the third quarter of life? A: How we view ourselves as we age is relevant to our wellness. Being a “glass is half full” person may lead … 0

HealthFirst: Take steps to prevent falling

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

As people age, the worst thing they can do is stop moving, according to Exercise Physiologist Tricia Breckenridge. “As we age, age-related changes happen to the body — the muscles, the bones, and the joints get tired,” she … 0

KEEP MOVING: Low-impact: What does it mean?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What is low-impact? The best kind of exercise seniors can do to keep them moving but not hurt their bodies is low-impact exercise, said Glen Fukuda, a personal trainer at Performance Health & Fitness in Peterborough. “A good … 0

HealthFirst: ML

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Glen Fukuda, personal trainer, PerformanCe Health & Fitness 1. Start small. Exercising the first time may be exciting but don’t push it. Take baby steps. 2. Increase gradually. As time passes, increase the intensity because that is where … 0

HealthFirst: Put out the fire: Prevent age-related disease

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Inflammation is part of the body’s defense system, so it is essential to the healing process. Without it, injuries and simple infections could be deadly. But too much of a good thing can be dangerous. Chronic low-grade inflammation … 0