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Obesity Brings Many Risks
The novel coronavirus has taken a large toll on our economy, lifestyles and health. However, the most significant tragedy remains the enormous loss of life. This has been particularly true for those with certain risk factors. Some risk factors, like age, cancer or chronic kidney, lung and heart disease, are hard to change. We can improve on one known risk factor – obesity.
Obesity is a common, costly and deadly chronic disease caused by a combination of inherited and environmental factors, certain diseases, medication use and personal diet and exercise choices. Recent studies show obesity in adults with COVID-19 increases the risk of hospitalization and death. Fortunately, weight loss can improve or avert the health problems associated with obesity.
Pictured above: St. Charles School students Zuri Rogers, front, and Grady Cronin, enjoy a few moments before the school day begins while Sister Mary Agnes Dombroski watches from the porch. Sister Mary Agnes is executive director of the school. (Photo by Matthew Lomanno)
Plan, Prepare, Repeat
Health care workers respond to pandemic
By Gary Bouchard | Photo courtesy of Catholic Charities NH/St. Vincent
For most of us, COVID-19 began to disrupt our lives significantly last March. But for those who oversee the senior independent, long-term care, and short-term rehabilitation services at Catholic Charities New Hampshire’s six facilities, the virus’s impact came a full two months earlier. And while most of us were not ready to deal with what lay ahead, Alain Bernard, assistant vice president of CCNH healthcare services, Darlene Underhill, who is director of clinical services, and CCNH health care professionals throughout the state had been preparing for such a crisis for years.
St. Joseph Hospital’s Grey Nuns Thrift Shop
Collaborates with Community Resources to Support Those in Need
Nearly 30 years ago, St. Joseph Hospital’s Grey Nuns Thrift Stop opened its doors in Nashua. Volunteers were inspired to carry on the ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, or Grey Nuns, by providing affordable household goods, gently used clothing, seasonal items and more to the less fortunate in the immediate area.
Today, the thrift shop focuses on building relationships with community organizations, including Bridges, Greater Nashua Mental Health, Harbor Homes, Marguerite’s Place, the Nashua School District and Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. Their social workers, case managers and guidance counselors actively refer both those who donate items to the shop as well as clients who need basic housewares, clothing or outerwear for themselves and their children.