Health and Lifestyle

A faithful disrupter of sleep – Why I fired my alarm clock

I think the Louis Vuitton bags under my eyes have finally disappeared now that I have made peace with my alarm clock. Four years ago this month, I fired my alarm clock as I retired from three decades of answering the bell at 3:15 a.m. to do my daily WZID morning radio show. “Do you miss ...

In life, be prepared, but first get organized

A great friend of mine has brought a new philosophy into my coaching world and my personal life. One of our staple lessons as part of our eight-week program at Fit It In Fitness is preparation. The importance of this step doesn’t need to be explained, but it does need to be practiced. We can ...

Health News Digest

Blood drives in Greater Nashua New Hampshire has reached a critical need for blood for local hospitals. Please consider donating as soon as possible to one of the following blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. 1:30-6:30 p.m. ...

Blood Drives in Greater Nashua

New Hampshire has reached a critical need for blood for local hospitals. Please consider donating as soon as possible to one of the following blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. – 1-6 p.m. May 29: Brookline Safety Complex, ...

Getting help during the early stages of schizophrenia

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a six-part series highlighting Mental Health Awareness Month. Schizophrenia is a very treatable illness when diagnosed early. A national research study - RAISE (Recovery After Initial Schizophrenia Episode) - discovered that when treated within the first ...

The development of relationships begins in childhood

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a six-part series highlighting Mental Health Awareness Month. Most of us are familiar with the blissful scene of a mother interacting with her infant or toddler; holding him close to her face, their eyes gazing into each other’s, soft and comforting ...

When mental health and substance use disorders occur together

According to the Surgeon General, 1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health disorder at some point in his or her lifetime. Most of us are familiar with some of these challenges, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mental health disorders. In addition, many people are aware of the ...

Inkie: An ordinary life well-lived, full of love, compassion

Two kinds of people inhabit this world: Those who tear things apart in an effort to understand and those who embrace things whole and without question. The analytic and the empathic. We live in an analytical culture, in a digital age. We were taught by our parents and, in turn, are busy ...

Benefits of fresh air and sunshine for senior citizens

With spring in the air and summer on the horizon, there’s no excuse to spend the entire day inside. Fresh air and sunshine have numerous health benefits for us all. Studies have shown they can improve our quality of sleep, enhance our brain functioning, and help us feel calm and relaxed. ...

Blood Drives in Greater Nashua

New Hampshire has reached a critical need for blood for local hospitals. Please consider donating as soon as possible to one of the following blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. – 2:30:7:30 p.m. May 22: Merrimack Middle ...

Nashua nurses awarded for excellence

The Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services was recognized for excellence in immunization at a recent New Hampshire Immunization Conference. “New Hampshire childhood immunization rates have ranked among the top in the nation for several years,” Jessica Ayala, DPH program ...

From childhood to adulthood, do you imagine the same way?

When I was a little girl I had quite the imagination. I would go outside and talk to the trees. I wrote plays, built fairy houses in the woods, and created treasure maps that led to gold buried in my neighborhood. I also thought there was a monster in my closet and I slept with a nightlight. My ...

Blood Drives in Greater Nashua

New Hampshire has reached a critical need for blood for local hospitals. Please consider donating as soon as possible to one of the following blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. – 2-7 p.m. May 14: Wilkins Elementary School, ...

Joys of dog ownership outweigh the woes

The first thing that I forgot about puppies is that not all of them are easy to housetrain. The second thing that I forgot about puppies is that they chew everything. And the third thing? That I don’t really care about whether they ruin my rugs or chew my shoes, because puppies are ...

HealthyParent: The importance of properly identifying ADHD in children

With all due credit (or blame) to … “Squirrel!” … Pixar and Disney … “Squirrel!” We now have a handy shorthand way to … “Squirrel!” … talk to our kids about impulsivity and distractibility: “Squirrel!” In case you just woke up from the 20 century, in ...

Blood drives in Greater Nashua

New Hampshire has reached a critical need for blood for local hospitals. Donate to one of the area blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 30: St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst St., Milford. – 8:30 ...

Good Grief program receives donation

Home Health & Hospice Care’s Good Grief Program received a wonderful boost last month with a generous donation of arts and crafts supplies from the Friends of Hudson Littles, a parent/caregiver support group based in Hudson. The Good Grief Program is a support group for children aged ...

Blood Drives in Greater Nashua

New Hampshire has reached a critical need for blood for local hospitals. Please consider donating as soon as possible to one of the following blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. – 2-7 p.m. April 19: Nashua Elks Lodge, 12 ...

Spring is busy time for bees and their keepers

Spring is the busiest time of year for bees and their beekeepers. Queens begin laying their eggs, scouts head out of the hive to find food to replenish diminished stocks, and the rest of the workers shoulder the load in raising more brood. For beekeepers, late summer and autumn are the primary ...

Understanding the freedom of free-range parenting

Apparently, I was raised by free range parents. Yes, it’s a thing. “Free-range parenting.” It’s not a new concept or even a new term, but it is the latest and greatest controversy in child-rearing. The controversy was sparked by child neglect charges against a mother in Maryland, who ...