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Healthy Living-Community Education

LRGHealthcare's Healthy Living-Community Education programs help to keep you and your family healthy.

Below is a list of upcoming programs on a variety of health topics including important women's health issues, injury prevention, smoking cessation and nutrition and physical activity opportunities for all ages.

Click on any link to learn about each valuable program or class available. To register, please contact the phone number listed under each individual class or program. For general questions, please contact the  LRGHealthcare Department of Education Services at (603) 527- 7120.

Community Education Programs: 

CPR Classes
Heartsaver CPR (Community Classes)
  • Monday, October 19, 2015 from 5:30-9:00 pm at LRGH 
  • Monday, November 16, 2015 from 5:30-9:00 pm at FRH
    Cost: $45
    Call 527-7120 to register
Cancer Care
Breast Cancer and Beyond Support Program

Support Program Social gathering for any women who have been affected by breast cancer.

The first Monday of each month, in the Tanger Suite-LRGH Women’s Imaging and Breast Health Services from 4:30-6:00 pm. Call 527-2940 for more information or to sign up.  

Lady Grace & Wig Bank

Breast prostheses fittings, and wigs for oncology patients-available at Lakes Region General Hospital.
Call 527-2940 for more information.  

Let No Woman Be Overlooked: Breast & Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP)

Free breast and cervical cancer screenings are available for women ages 21-64 who meet certain guidelines.
Call 524-3211, ext. 7000 for more information.

Mammography Bridge Program

If you do not have health insurance or have a high deductible, funds may be available to help cover the cost of a mammogram.
Call 527-7000 for more information.

Childbirth and Parent Education
Childbirth Classes

Offered Monthly, call 524-3211, ext. 3744 for more information or to register.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Breastfeeding Support Group is offered postpartum, every Wednesday and there is no cost or registration required.  For more information and time, please call 524-3211, ext. 3707. 

Car Seat Safety Checks

Book a free appointment to make sure your car seat in installed correctly.  Call 527-2948 or 934-2060, ext. 8369.

Parenting Education Resources*

Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire 524-1741
Merrimack County Cooperative Extension 225-5505

'Imagine'-Child Safety Video

Imagine a world where all kids have a chance to grow up healthy and safe, no matter where they live. Watch video

Annual Diabetes Update & Medical Nutrition Therapy

Blood sugar testing, carb counting and diabetes self-management education. Covered by most insurance. Ask your PCP for a referral. Call (603) 934-2060, Ext. 8269 for more info.

Diabetes Self-Management Education

Classes offered at a variety of times. Covered by most insurance.
Call (603) 934-2060, ext. 8269 to register.

Insulin Pump Program

Call (603) 934-2060, ext. 8269 for more information.

Foot Clinic

Foot and nail care for patients with diabetes and other vascular problems. Call 527-3211, Ext. 6581 for an appointment.

Fitness (See Athletic Performance Series for FREE progams)
Wellness Centers Exercise Program

Medically supervised exercise programs for people with chronic illnesses, and those whose doctors feel could benefit from a supervised program.

Community Wellness Center, Laconia (603) 527- 9355
Winnipesaukee Wellness Center, Moultonboro (603) 253-1839.

Fitness Consultations

Private consultation with certified athletic/fitness trainer to develop a safe and effective exercise program.

Cost $35 for initial consultation at Hillside Medical Park, Gilford or Interlakes Medical Center, Meredith.

Call 524-2852 for more information.

General Wellness
Better Choices, Better Health Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Six-week program designed to help you, or someone you know to better manage a chronic health condition such as arthritis, diabetes and/ or chronic pain.

  • Wednesdays, September 16 - October 21, 2015 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at the Franklin VNA  
  • Tuesdays, September 22-October 27, 2015 from 1:30-3:30 pm at Lakes Region General Hospital 
  • Fridays, November 13-December 18, 2015 from 9:30-11:30 am, FRH
Call 527-7120 to register. 
Is Your Back Ready for Another NH Winter?

Back injuries can occur with incorrect shoveling and lifting. Learn how to protect your back with good lifting and material handling strategies.Thursday, November 12, 5:00-6:30 pm, Hillside Medical Park, Lot C, Gilford. Program is FREE. Call (603) 524-2852 to register. 

How's Your Balance and Flexibility?

Good flexibility and balance are important as we age. Learn exercises to promote flexibility, mobility and balance. fall risk and balance screening will be available. Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 10:30 am-noon in Hillside Medical Center, Lot C, Gilford. FREE 

Using Technology for Optimal Brain Health

This FREE class will introduce participants to various computer applications available on iPads and tablets.  Designed to assist memory, word finding and cognition. Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 1:00- 2:30 pm at Hillside Medical Park, Lot C, Gilford.  Please park and enter via Rehab, Lot C. Call 524-2852 to register. 

Osteoporosis-Keeping Your Bones Healthy

A FREE course on bone anatomy, risk factors for osteoporosis and osteopenia. Learn movement strategies to prevent fractures, and safe exercises to promote good balance. Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 11:00 am-noon at Franklin Regional Hospital.  Call 524-2852 to register. 

Heart Health: Cardiac Rehabilitation Program 

Designed for people who have heart disease and are recuperating from an acute event such as, a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery or balloon (stent) surgery. The program includes goal-oriented supervised exercise, education for self-management of heart disease, and support to make healthy lifestyle changes. Call 527-2810 for more information.

Asthma Education Classes
FREE education classes taught by a certified asthma educator. No referral needed.  Call 527-7120 to register, topics include:
  • Common Asthma Triggers
  • The Difference Between Control Medication and Rescue Quick Relief Medication
  • When to Call Your Healthcare Provider

2015 Classes

Kids under 13 with parents:

  • September 1, 6:00--7:30 pm-LRGH
  • October 14, 6:00-7:30 pm-FRH
  • November 3, 6:00-7:30 pm-LRGH

Adults and teens 13 and Older:

  • September 29, 6:00-7:30 pm-LRGH
  • October 28, 6:00-7:30 pm-LRGH
  • November 17, 6:00-7:30 pm-LRGH

Call 527-7120 to register 

Lung Health: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program 

Designed for people who have lung disaese. It is a supervised exercise and education program that meets three times per week. Call 527-2810 for more information. 

Advance Directives

Care Managers available to answer questions and offer assistance in completing Advance Directives. Free.
First Friday of the month from 10:00 - 11:30 am at Lakes Region General Hospital
First Tuesday of the month from 10:00 - 11:00 am at Franklin Regional Hospital

Call 527-7120 for more information.

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Learn the latest information and treatment options available for individuals experiencing bladder control issues or pain in the pelvic region. FREE Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Lakes Region General Hospital. Call 524-2852 to register. 

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy, provided by board certified therapists at LRGHealthcare rehabilitation facilities in Franklin, Meredith and Gilford. Call 524-2852 for fee information, and to make an appointment.

Nutrition and Weight Management
Weekly Weight In brought to you by the Weight Institute of New Hampshire (WINH)

Find the support you need while learning about different nutrition topics each week to optimize your weight loss.
To begin this program, participants must meet with a registered dietitian for a one-time consultation to design your individualized meal plan. Offered Mondays, 3:30 - 4:45 pm in the WINH Conference room, 85 Spring Street, Laconia. Call 527-2946 for more information, cost and registration or visit

Teen Weight Loss Support Group

A peer support group for teens struggling with weight issues.  Topics include; a balanced plate. healthy drinks, eating out and emotional and food-related peer pressure.  Facilitated by a licensed dietitian, call 527-2946 for dates and times or visit for more details.

Optifast Liquid Meal Replacement

Medically supervised weight loss program that utilizes full or partial meal replacement that transitions into every day meal preparation, in conjunction with education and support. Call 527-2946 for more info and cost.

Bariatric (Weight Loss Surgery) Information Session 

If you’re considering weight loss surgery, the Weight Institute of New Hampshire offers FREE information sessions the second Tuesday of every month, alternating at 3:00 & 5:00 pm at Lakes Region General Hospital.  Visit WINH for dates and times.
Call 527-2946 to register. 

Bariatric Support Group

Monthly support group open to anyone who has had weight loss surgery at WINH or other facilities. The support group is free and open to patients and family members.
Offered on the third Thursday of every month,
6:00 - 7:00 pm
at the Weight Institute of New Hampshire conference room, Medical Office Bldg., 85 Spring Street
Call 527-2946 for more information. Visit WINH to view upcoming topics.

Managing Your Weight with Hypnosis

Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 9:00 am – noon at Franklin Regional Hospital
Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 9:00 am – noon at Lakes Region General Hospital

Cost: $85 Call 527-7120 to register.

Nutrition Counseling

Individual counseling with a registered dietitian to learn about disease-specific nutrition therapy, weight loss, and healthy eating.
Call 527-2946 for more information.

Water Fitness 
Arthritis Aquatic Program

Ideal for people with arthritis and other physical limitations. No swimming skills are needed. Class meets twice a week for six weeks at Hillside Medical Park, Gilford.
Cost: $50.
Call 524-2852 to for class times and to register.

Aqua Pilates

Core fusion program based on mat Pilates, using gentle yoga stretching to increase balance and posture. Held in shallow and deep water. Class meets once a week for eight weeks at Hillside Medical Park, Gilford
Cost $35.
Wednesday, 5:00 - 5:45 pm
Call 524-2852 to register.

Aqua Strength & Conditioning

This is a strength and endurance building program utilizing buoyancy equipment in the pool. Class meets once a week for eight weeks at Hillside Medical Park, Gilford.
Cost: $35.
Monday, 4:00 - 4:45 pm, and 5:00-5:45 pm
Wednesday, 6:00 - 6:45 pm

Call 524-2852 to register.

WOW Class (Work Off Weight)

Jump-start your metabolism with this eight week program designed to help participants with weight loss goals of 50 pounds or more. Exercises include water walking, core strengthening, light aerobics and muscle strengthening using buoyancy equipment in the shallow and deep ends of the pool.
Cost: $35, Wednesday, 4:00 - 4:45 pm
Call 524-2852 for more information.

Seniors (See General Wellness for more programs)

Information on resources to help seniors, adults with disabilities and their families. 1-866-634-9412 or 528-6945.

Matter of Balance

FREE eight-week program to help older adults concerned about falling. Class includes group discussion, and strength and flexibility exercises. call 527-7120 for upcoming dates and locations.

Remembering When: Fire & Falls Prevention

Program designed to help older adults to live safely at home, for as long as possible. Learn and refresh your memory on important safety tips, while having fun! Monday, September 21, 10:30-11:30 am, Tilton Senior Center. Call 527-7120 to register.

Senior Safety Day

FREE yearly event for local seniors to have their smoke detector batteries changed. Saturday, October 17, 2015.  Call 934-2060, ext. 8329 for more details. 

Smoking Cessation
Stop Smoking with Hypnosis

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 9:00 am – noon at Lakes Region General Hospital
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9:00 am – noon at Franklin Regional Hospital

Cost: $85
Call 527-7120 to register

Are You Ready to Stop Smoking?

One-on-one quit smoking education and coaching. We want to help you develop a personalized plan to quit smoking. In this FREE session, we will discuss your tobacco use, past attempts to quit and your readiness to quit. Call 527-7120 for more information.

Holistic Health Center

The LRGHealthcare Holistic Health Center offers a wide variety of smoking cessation treatments in cooperation with your primary care provider.
Call 524-9261 for more information.

The New Hampshire Smokers’ Helpline

Free smoking cessation counseling on the telephone or through the interactive website. 1-800-TRY-TO-STOP (1-800-879-8678) or*

Women's Health (See Cancer Care for Breast Cancer Services)
Let No Woman Be Overlooked: Breast & Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP)

Free breast and cervical cancer screenings are available for women ages 21-64 who meet certain guidelines.
Call 524-3211, ext. 7000 for more information.

Mammography Bridge Program

If you do not have health insurance or have a high deductible, funds may be available to help cover the cost of a mammogram.
Call 527-7000 for more information.


Workplace Fitness
Back Safety

Program designed to instruct individuals in safe lifting and proper body mechanics. Program can be done on-site and geared towards specific work demands.
Call 524-2852 for more information.

Work Place Fitness

Rehab specialists available to assist companies in developing a specialized exercise and fitness program for employees.
Designed to meet job specific needs in the prevention of muscular-skeletal complaints and repetitive motion injuries.
Call 524-2852 for more information.

Computer Fitness

Rehab specialists can work with you or your company to assess the computer workstation and make adjustments to enable the job to be done more efficiently and with less discomfort or risk of injury.
Call 524-2852 for more information.

Athletic Performance Series (See Fitness for more options)

The series is designed to assist coaches, athletes and recreational athletes develop sport specific skills or improve overall fitness. Participants are invited to attend all sessions or just one. Classes are FREE. Please come dressed appropriately and ready to participate.

Call 524-2852 to register; classes may be cancelled due to weather or low enrollment.

Core Strengthening is for Everyone

Your core is a combination of your torso, hips, and pelvic muscles that make up a base for all body movement. Come and learn the importance of developing and maintaining a strong and stable core and the strengthening techniques available; A strong core is Important for anyone who want to maintain good back health.

  • Thursday, October 6, 2015, 6:00-7:30 pm at Interlakes Medical Center, Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:00-7:30 pm, Hillside medical Park, Lot C, Gilford  

The Rotator Cuff-Keeping Your Shoulder Healthy & Strong

The Rotator Cuff- Keeping Your Shoulder Healthy and Strong Workshop will discuss basic anatomy of the shoulder and simple exercises to keep your shoulder healthy and strong to engage in everyday activities as well as lifting and sports.  

  • Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Franklin Regional Hospital
  • Thursday, November 19, 6:00-7:30 pm, Hillside Medical Park, Gilford. Please park and enter via Rehab Lot C
Dynamic Stretching and Injury Prevention

Dynamic Stretching is a method of stretching and preparing the body for physical activities while improving strength, speed, agility and endurance. Come and learn what’s behind this better way of stretching and learn techniques that you can apply to your own program.

  • Thursday, November 16, 2015, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Franklin Regional Hospital
Running ... Competitively or For Fun 

This workshop is designed to provide both novice and competitive runners with information about injury prevention, running techniques and education on running form. Ideal exercises for warming-up and cooling-down after a run will also be discussed.  

  • Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:00-7:30 pm, Hillside Medical Park, Gilford Please park and enter via Rehab Lot C

Stay Healthy on the Ski Slopes

Reduce your risk for injury with dynamic stretching and strengthening exercises designed specifically for skiers.  

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 6:00-7:30 pm, Interlakes Medical Park, Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith
  • Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 pm, Hillside Medical Park, Lot C, Gilford