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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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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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Home & Fire Safety, Sept. 19

Are you prepared?

Tamworth Police and Fire Chiefs to discuss ‘Home & Fire Safety’

The Tamworth Community Nurse Association will hold the next in its monthly program series entitled, “Get Healthy Tamworth!” on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. at The Lyceum in Tamworth Village.

Tamworth Police Chief Dan Poirer will present an informative “Home & Fire Safety” program that will cover, among other things, security tips and the latest scams regarding security system purchases. Fire Chief Richard Colcord is scheduled to discuss a common sense approach to fire safety, as well as escape plans within the home. Both Poirier and Colcord will also discuss situational awareness. Any homeowner or renter will not want to miss this program, as it will provide much information that you may not know regarding home and fire safety.

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.. Nurses hours Monday – Friday 9 to 11 a.m.

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What Someone Needs to Know About You, Aug. 15

How to be prepared when the inevitable happens 

 

“In this world nothing is said to be certain except death and taxes.”          — Benjamin Franklin

 

         Most of us try to be prepared. We own insurance policies, keep a flashlight handy and have a fire extinguisher close by. But are we prepared for the inevitable? What happens when — not if — a loved one has a devastating, and possibly life-threatening, event? What do you say when you find yourself in the role of next of kin?

 

         On Saturday, Aug.15, the Tamworth Community Nurse Association (TCNA) will host another forum as part of its ongoing “Get Healthy Tamworth” series. “What Someone Needs to Know About You” will be held at the Tamworth Lyceum starting at 10 a.m. This forum is free and open to the public.

 

         The program will examine the tug-of-war between privacy issues and vital information that needs to be shared. For instance, what about computer passwords, bank account numbers and how do you choose a healthcare proxy? The program will be led by TCNA’s Executive Director Jo Anne Rainville, RN. Rainville has been practicing community health nursing for over 30 years. Attendees will receive the Advanced Care Planning Guide, published by the Foundation for Healthy Communities in New Hampshire, as well as a copy of Making Decisions for Someone Else A New Hampshire Handbook.

 

         For more information on this or future forums, go to TCNA’s web site, www.tamworthnurses.org, or call (603)323-8511. The TCNA is a non-profit corporation that has been providing skilled nursing care for Tamworth residents with no fee for service for 94 years. Anyone interested in learning more about this unique model for rural health care is welcome to contact the TCNA office.  Business hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.  Nurses hours Monday – Friday 9 to 11 a.m.

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Personal Relationships in the Digital Age, July 11

The Effect of the Internet, Mobile Devices and Social Media on Personal Relationships in the Digital Age

Dr. Kieran Cunningham to host July’s ‘Get Healthy Tamworth!’ talk 

         The Tamworth Community Nurse Association will hold the next in its monthly program series entitled, “Get Healthy Tamworth!” on Saturday, July 11, from 10 to 11 a.m. at The Lyceum in Tamworth Village. Dr. Kieran Cunningham, of North Conway, will talk about the effect of Internet devices and social media on personal relationships.     

         Dr. Cunningham will discuss recent cultural changes with people using devices, how the ways in which we communicate have changed, what is reality, and what we can do to adjust to this phenomenon.Dr. Cunningham has a BS in nursing with a master’s and Ph.D. in counseling and psychology. He is a therapist in North Conway with more than 30 years of experience working with individuals and families, with an emphasis on relationships and communication, helping people to express their feelings and emotions in effective, positive and mindful ways.

         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.  Nurses hours Monday – Friday 9 to 11 a.m.

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