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Nutfield News • March 10, 2011 State Health Report Says Improvement Needed in Smoking, Obesity


——◆—––– Researchers have rated

New Hampshire the third healthiest state overall, and the healthiest state for chil- dren, according to the Depart- ment of Health’s 2011 State Health Profile, the first com- prehensive report of its kind completed by the state. But the report also shows that there is significant room for improving the state’s obesity and smoking rates.

“The idea of this report

from the state’s perspective is to understand where we are doing well, and where there are areas for improve- ment,” Greater Derry Public Health Outreach Coordin- ator Garrett Simonsen said. Simonsen noted that areas the state highlighted as needing improvement are also areas that have seen some progress.

“On the one hand, the state has seen a decrease in tobacco use over the years from 30 percent to 16 per- cent. That’s a good thing, but

when you look at 16 percent, that’s still 160,000 adults in New Hampshire who are smoking,” Simonsen said. Simonsen said tobacco use and obesity are not only being targeted as serious health concerns needing improvement because of results directly related to their use, but also because of the connection between tobacco use and obesity leading to other illnesses. The report also showed that when results are broken down into groups and popu-

lations, it is clear that some regions are more or less sus- ceptible to health concerns highlighted in the report, such as tobacco use and obe- sity. For example, the state’s profile revealed that the Upper Valley and Ports- mouth public health regions having significantly lower rates of smoking compared with rates across the state. The Greater Derry Pub- lic Health Region was found to have significantly lower teen birth rates than the state average, and significantly

higher seatbelt use. The Greater Derry region also had significantly less hospi- tal emergency discharges for mental illness-related condi- tions, and a significantly lower percentage of resi- dents with no health insur- ance coverage, according to the report. “At some point in the

spring, the state should be releasing individualized reg- ional reports,” Simonsen said, adding that armed with information targeted at the regional level, his depart-

ment will begin to ask ques- tions like, what are some of the concerns we’re seeing?” and “what can we do to improve?”

“The state’s goal with this report is to move away from reporting on a county basis towards public health regions, so we can get a bet- ter sense of where the varia- tion is,” he said. To view the complete 2011 state health profile, visit www.dhhs.state.nh- .us/dphs/documents/2011sta tehealthprofile.pdf.

Pinkerton Academy Military Officers Hold Clothing Drive


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ior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) officers are holding a clothing drive to satisfy their goal for the school year to give back to

the community. Senior Of- ficer Shayla Munro, who organized the drive, said she chose to collect for the Salvation Army so the cloth- ing will stay local. So far, she and fellow

officers, who are running the drive together as a team,

have collected about 10 large garbage bags filled with clothing donated by students and staff on cam- pus. Munro, who has enlist- ed in the U.S. Marine Corps and leaves for boot camp at the end of August, said her team was surprised by the

strong response and is think- ing about organizing a sec- ond drive at the end of the year to collect summer clothing.

Another project JROTC

officers plan to complete as part of their annual goal to help the community is to

make at least three visits to veterans in local nursing homes, the hospital, and the New Hampshire Veterans Home. The clothing drive start- ed last week and will run until the end of the month. Anyone who would like to

make a donation may drop off new and gently used clothing outside the office of Pinkerton’s Shepard Building. For more information, contact Pinkerton’s JROTC program at 437-5200.

Seasonal Road Weight Limits in Effect Until April or May

As a result of the onset of milder weather, Derry Superintendent of Oper- ations Alan Cote has recom- mended that certain roads be posted for weight limits until the frost comes out of the ground and the road base dries out.

Public Works Director

Michael Fowler said this is an annual occurrence and

generally starts around the end of February and lasts until late April or early May, depending on weather. The effective date is

March 7.

Under the authority of RSA 231:191 the Town of Derry, Department of Public Works is therefore posting the following roads to a “Legal Weight Limit Not To

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Barka School Fields Two DI Teams


——◆—––– This year, Ernest P.

Barka Elementary School will be sending two Destination ImagiNation (DI) Teams to Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston for the regional competition on Saturday, March 12. The smarDles team of fourth grade students Jacob

Spellman, Brianna Haller, Kelly Savoie and Jillian Luz is managed by Rhonda Haller. Their challenge is “Spinning a Tale.” The second Barka team is titled Pink & Purple On the Go, and this team of fourth graders is made up of Jason Barton, Robbie Fahey and Michelle Spera, and managed by Sandra Aucoin- Spera. The teams meet after

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