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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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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: 

https://www.harvardpilgrim.org/pls/portal/url/ITEM/A5AAD944AE3A408DB54753911050B12D  .

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 www.tamworthnurses.org or for the Tamworth Farmers’ Market, www.tamworthfarmersmarket.org/

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Slips, Trips and Falling Down, Oct 17

Learn How to Prevent ‘Slips, Trips and Falling Down’ 

Betsy Donovan, PT, presents next ‘Get Healthy Tamworth!’ program

         Falls are an all too common occurrence and millions of adults are affected each year. Falls cause injury, loss of confidence, loss of independence, are one of the leading causes of nursing home admissions, and are even responsible for increased risk of premature death. Falls are largely preventable, and the key to prevention is knowledge.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 to 11 a.m.  at the Tamworth Lyceum, the Tamworth Community Nurse Association will host Betsy Donovan, president of Mountain Center, a Physical Therapy, Health and Human Performance Company with locations in Conway, Glen and Fryeburg, Maine, who will present, “Slips, Trips, and Falling Down.”

Learn about the risk factors of falls, some of which will surprise you, and learn what you can do to take charge of your health, safety and well-being. The program is one of TCNA’s “Get Healthy Tamworth!” series of monthly programs at The Lyceum in Tamworth Village.

For more information on any of TCNA’s programs, call the office at 323-8511 or email tamworthnurses@yahoo.com. Visit the Tamworth Exchange or the TCNA website, tamworthnurses.org, for reminders of dates and meeting places. Business hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.

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Mindfulness Meditation Workshop, Sept. 22 to Oct. 27

Sign up for our Six week Mindfulness Meditation Workshop
to be led by Diane Johnson

         As part of its Get Healthy Tamworth series, the Tamworth Community Nurse Association is once again sponsoring a six-week Mindfulness Meditation Workshop, led by Diane Johnson. The workshop will be held on Tuesdays from Sept. 22 to Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth Village.

 

Move toward greater balance,
control and participation in your life

         Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you. Mindfulness is learning to work mindfully and systematically with your own stress, pain, illness and the challenges and demands of everyday life. To restore a balanced sense of health and well-being within yourself requires increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body and mind, heart and soul.

For more information on any of TCNA’s programs, call the office at 323-8511 or email tamworthnurses@yahoo.comVisit the Tamworth Exchange or the TCNA website, tamworthnurses.org, for reminders of dates and meeting places.
Business hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.

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TCNA Annual Meeting – August 19

TCNA Annual Meeting to be held in Runnells Hall

Tamworth Community Nurse Assoc. to hold Annual Meeting at Noon, Wednesday Aug. 19.

The Tamworth Community Nurse Association will host its 2015 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, August 19, at noon, at Runnells Hall in Chocorua.

“You Can Be Happier Now.” 

The TCNA is shaking things up this year by holding its annual meeting at noon versus the traditional evening hour. The community is invited to be guests of TCNA for lunch and a talk by John Doherty, author of the book “You Can Be Happier Now.” He will explain that Aristotle once said, “Happiness is the whole aim and end of human existence,” and Doherty decided he was right. How we should live, how we should treat others, how we should select our life goals were the skills that would determine how happy one was. His study of happiness included the wisdom of religions, neuroscience, psychology and common sense. He found that how to live happily was no secret, but had been taught, preached, and verified by science for years.

Guests will enjoy music by Becky VerPlanck while they mingle with TCNA staff and board members, who will update everyone on TCNA happenings. And remember, it wouldn’t be a TCNA Annual Meeting without scrumptious blueberry ice cream from the Sandwich Creamery!

The TCNA requests an RSVP from anyone who would like to attend this always fun and informative event in order to predict attendance and be sure there is enough blueberry ice cream for all. Need a ride? They can help with that, too. Please call 323-8511 to RSVP or for further information of any sort.

 

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