Training the Trainers / A Matter of Balance, March 17th & 24th

Help Reduce the Fear of Falling

We are seeking volunteer coaches to help bring this evidence-based program to our community.  A Matter of Balance train the trainer program is March 17th & 24th at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth Village, from 10 am to 2 pm, with a light lunch.

“A Matter of Balance” is a proven award-winning program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.

Dozens of community members have benefited locally from this innovative program since it was launched in 2015. Help us expand the program to more people by becoming a “Matter of Balance” Coach March 17th & 24th at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth Village, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Learn more about upcoming training sessions, now offered in Tamworth. A Matter of Balance Video Testimonials

To RSVP or request more information, contact Danielle Koffenberger at 603-356-5461 (ext.  2187)  or

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Gatekeeper workshop, March 12

Helping to recognize the warning signs and ease the emotional pain of suicide

Tamworth Community Nurse Assoc. offers Gatekeeper workshop, March 12, at Cook Memorial Library

Many of us in the town of Tamworth have been impacted by the shock and pain of losing friends and family to the tragedy of suicide.  Like so many residents, the Tamworth Community Nurse Association has wrestled with questions such as “What warning signs did I miss?” and “What could I have done?” For help with these difficult questions, the TCNA has reached out to our community resources for answers.

As a result, the TCNA will host a workshop for Tamworth residents to help them recognize the risk factors and warning signs for someone who may be at risk for suicide. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library. Those attending will gain an understanding of how to connect with that person and how to connect them with resources.

The Connect Gatekeeper Training is a four-hour course that will train individuals in the Connect program, a nationally recognized “best-practice” program to help prevent suicide deaths. Co-sponsored by the Carroll County Coalition of Public Health, the training will be conducted by Elaine deMello, Supervisor of Training and Prevention Services at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire. She will be assisted by Chris Kennedy and Donna Ulitz, both counselors at the Brett School in Tamworth, who completed a Training of Trainers course last summer.

There is no cost to attend the workshop, but pre-registration is necessary. Lunch will be provided. To register for the workshop, call Marletta at the TCNA at 603-323-8511 or email: to register. Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot today.

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‘Laughing Matters’, April 19

Tamworth Community Nurse Assoc. offers a rollicking treat at Runnells Hall

TCNA to sponsor ‘Laughing Matters’ program with Jason Jedrusiak, April 19 in Chocorua

The Tamworth Community Nurse Association will host a special program on Tuesday, April 19 — school vacation week! — that is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s day. Whether you’re 2 or 102, you won’t want to miss “Laughing Matters,” presented by Jason Jedrusiak, of Boston, at Runnells Hall in Chocorua, from 10 a.m. to noon on April 19. Refreshments will be served.

Jason has been leading Laughter Yoga and Meditation sessions in the greater Boston area since 2010.  He has helped spread laughter to local organizations and institutions, including Harvard University, The Boston Children’s Museum, and NUPath, where he has laughed with people living with developmental, autism spectrum and acquired brain injury conditions.

Jason discovered the healing effects of laughter and movement through his training as a yoga teacher and meditation guide, his work as a local improv comedian, and through therapeutic clowning akin to one of his mentors, Dr. Patch Adams. He directs a non-profit group called Laughing Matters that brings laughter and improv comedy to retirement homes, rehabilitation centers, homeless shelters, and other places in need of the healing effects of laughter.

Jason’s therapeutic laughter yoga and meditation sessions help to connect people to their laughter and unlock its healing effects by exploring silliness and the ritual of play while creating community. Inspired by various childlike movements, breath and imagination, “fake” laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter. Laughter itself releases physiological and psychological benefits in the form of positive and stress-relieving endorphins similar to other forms of exercise such as a runner’s high, but with less stress on the body.

     No yoga poses are used in the workshop and no special clothing, mats, previous experience in yoga, meditation or having a sense of humor is necessary.

So, come laugh with your children, your parents, a friend or  just bring yourself to Runnells Hall on April 19 for a morning of giggles and fun. Residents and visitors of all ages are invited to the workshop, which is free of charge.

For further information, call the TCNA at 603-323-8511.


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TCNA Rings in the Holidays with Festive Gala, Dec. 4

         Here they come! The holidays, that is, and the Tamworth Community Nurse Association will ring in that festive time of year on Friday, December 4, by hosting its annual Holiday Gala benefit dinner at Chequers Villa in Tamworth.

         All are invited to come share in this much-loved community event, which will begin at 6:00 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by a scrumptious buffet dinner featuring meat, seafood and pasta entrees, plus side dishes and, of course, dessert! (Call 323-8511 in advance of the event to arrange special dietary restriction consideration.) Guests will also enjoy the music of pianist Becky VerPlanck as they dine.

         Tickets for the Holiday Gala are $55 per person, and can be purchased by calling the TCNA office at 323-8511. To make a donation to TCNA if you can’t make it to the Gala, please mail it to P.O. Box 352, Tamworth, NH 03886.

         The Tamworth Community Nurse Association looks forward to this always jolly evening and to seeing a great crowd of hungry holiday guests on Dec. 4 at Chequers Villa!

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Healthy Foods for All in Tamworth

Tamworth Community Nurse Assoc. and Tamworth Farmers’ Market receive Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation grant to support healthier diets.

The Tamworth Community Nurse Association, in conjunction with the Tamworth Farmers’ Market, recently applied for and was awarded a $28,175.00 grant from the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation to improve the amount of healthy foods that Tamworth residents eat.

The TCNA is a unique health care entity that has been providing skilled nursing care — with no fee for service — to the people of Tamworth for 94 years. It was founded so that no one in the town would go without healthcare because they couldn’t afford it or didn’t have access to it. Three years ago, in an effort to widen its focus, TCNA launched the “Get Healthy Tamworth” initiative.  Walking and weight-loss groups were formed and monthly seminars are now offered on topics ranging from nutrition to skin cancer.  Adding a focus on marketing to and educating low- and moderate-income families about fresh, healthy food is a current priority and the grant is a key part of having the resources to increase this effort.

The Tamworth Farmers’ Market began in 2007 and has grown steadily since then. In summer, it is located in a parking lot of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Fellowship in downtown Tamworth. The success of the market was documented in a poll done by WMUR-TV in 2014, naming it the second best farmers’ market in the state. Since its founding, the Tamworth Farmers’ Market has consistently added new services and vendors. In 2007, it only had 15 vendors and was only open through Labor Day. Today, it has 30 vendors, runs four holiday markets, holds winter markets in the Old Town House and has an active Facebook page.  This year, it began a new plan to offer a Double Your Dollar program for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Benefit Program.

TCNA and the Tamworth Farmers’ Market are joining together to support their shared goal of expanding the reach of healthy food in Tamworth. Specifically, the groups hope to make the Double-Your-Dollar SNAP program sustainable through marketing, public relations and education. Other goals include increasing the Farmers’ Market winter customer base by helping underserved groups access healthy, local food through year-round transportation assistance to the market, focused outreach efforts. These may include the services of a dietician for those facing food-related issues such as diabetes and obesity, as well as individual and group educational programs. Several cooking classes will also be held throughout the year. Key target groups for these programs include residents in nearby elderly and low-income housing and parents of school-aged children.

Jo Anne Rainville, RN, Executive Director of TCNA for 14 years, and TFM co-managers Peg Loughran and Bob Streeter of the Farmers Market since its inception, will be the key personnel. They will be assisted by Annie Burke, the current SNAP benefit coordinator, and a designated person to take charge of marketing, public relations and development. Other staff will be added for educational and outreach programs.

None of this would be possible without the support and encouragement of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. HP recently released its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report entitled Making a Healthy Difference, in which it outlines significant achievements experienced throughout the year.  To read this report go to:  .

The next Tamworth Farmers’ Market will be Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside at the Town House in Tamworth Village.

For further information about the Tamworth Community Nurse Association, go to or for the Tamworth Farmers’ Market,

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