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April 29, 2008

Local hospitals offer a pound of prevention


Diabetes management

r Holy Family Hospital offers diabetes programs that reach not only people who already have the disease but those at risk for developing it.

Diabetes care coordinator Beth Cronin, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, said lifestyle changes like losing weight and exercising more can help people stave off Type 2 diabetes.

For people who already have the disease, the hospital offers an education program that's recognized by the American Diabetes Association, as well as a support group.

"Diabetes is such an epidemic," she said, adding that prevention should start early. "We really should be encouraging these types of lifestyles in young people."

r Lawrence General also has a certified diabetes education program and monthly support group.

r Parkland Medical Center in Derry, N.H., has diabetes management education classes and a free diabetes support group, which includes discussion with a diabetes nurse educator.

Safety programs

r Personal and family safety are the focus of programs at Holy Family and Lawrence General Hospitals.

Molchan is responsible for trauma prevention outreach at Lawrence General. The program offers services like child passenger safety checkpoints where parents can get car seats and booster seats checked for proper installation. The program also includes fall prevention at senior centers, sexual assault prevention at high schools and colleges and bike safety.

Doug Gaudette directs the Family Safety Project at Holy Family, where the goal is to "put a brake on the sometimes runaway wagon of abuse." The project focuses on domestic violence and includes a batterer intervention program, a responsible fathering program and interventions for children who have witnessed violence. Gaudette said men who go through certified batterer intervention programs have a lower rate of recidivism than those who don't.

"We want to reach as many men as possible," Gaudette said.

Both Lawrence General and Holy Family also offer CPR classes.

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