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DHHS Reminds Parents They Are Children’s Best Defense Against an Asthma

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services is continually monitoring the health of New Hampshire’s growing population. One such concern is asthma. According to data from the report released recently by the New England Asthma Regional Council, Living with Asthma in New England: Results for the 2006 BRFSS and Call-back Surveys, 70% of adults with asthma in New Hampshire are living with asthma that is either “not well controlled” or “very poorly controlled.” Almost 65% of New Hampshire children under 8 years of age who have asthma are living with the same poorly controlled symptoms.


“We can do better,” said Nicholas Toumpas, Commissioner of DHHS, “and we owe it to our children and ourselves to do all we can to manage asthma better. Asthma is a controllable disease with proper medication, but it can be a complex illness.”


Additionally, the report states that both adults and children report frequent asthma symptoms and urgent care visits for asthma: 71% of adults report having had symptoms in the last month and 20% report an urgent care visit in the last year, while 54% of children had symptoms in the last month and 27% an urgent care visit for asthma in the last year. There is a strong relationship between the environment and the health status of someone who has asthma because different environmental factors, such as dust, moisture, mold, secondhand smoke, ozone, and animal dander may contribute to asthma symptoms and attacks in susceptible individuals.


“Smoking and secondhand smoke in particular are big concerns for people with asthma,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health Services at DHHS. “There is a direct correlation between secondhand smoke and asthma and being exposed to secondhand smoke or ash can cause an asthma attack and create more severe symptoms for both children and adults.”


Half of families have been told by their health care provider to modify their living environments, yet 25% of adults with asthma are smokers, and 37% of children with asthma live in smoking households.


The Division of Public Health Services, along with the Asthma Control Program and the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program are committed to helping New Hampshire residents eliminate exposure to smoking and secondhand smoke. Now in New Hampshire, all childcare facilities, public schools, and school grounds are smoke free; public buildings, restaurants and bars are smoke-free also.


Federal recommendations include eliminating smoking in your home and vehicles. Medical providers are encouraged to follow the Clinical Practice Guidelines For Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence (available at ), which prompt them to ask about tobacco use at every intervention. There are cessation programs available free to New Hampshire residents.


Asthma and quitting smoking are two of the topics DHHS is focusing on this week in recognition of National Public Health Week. For more information on preventing asthma attacks and successfully managing asthma, visit or call 1-800-271-0855. For help with quitting tobacco use, go to or call the NH Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-Try-To-STOP/1-800-879-8678 or visit


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NH DHHS - WIC Nutrition Program Income Guidelines Change

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Celebrates National Public Health Week


Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces that income eligibility for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program has changed as of April 1, 2009. Per federal regulations issued by the US Department of Agriculture, the income guidelines have increased slightly. A family of four persons may now earn up to $40, 793 yearly, $3,400 monthly, or $785 weekly, based on gross income.


WIC is a public health nutrition program for pregnant women, new mothers, and infants and children up to the age of 5 years. WIC provides nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and vouchers for select food in grocery stores.


“The Department encourages families with young children to apply for WIC to help provide healthy foods for their family,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of the Division of Public Health Services at DHHS. “Good nutrition is crucial for ensuring that babies and young children grow up healthy and reach their full potential.”


WIC recommends that mothers breastfeed their baby, switch to 1% lowfat milk or skim milk for anyone older than 2 years old, eat more fruits and vegetables, drink less juice and sweetened beverages, and eat more whole grain breads and cereals.


In October 2009, in New Hampshire and nationally, WIC Programs will also be adding new healthy foods to the food packages, including: fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables; whole grain breads and cereals; and baby foods. These changes will provide WIC families with much more variety and assure a healthy nutritious diet for women and children.


For more information or to enroll in the WIC Program, call 1-800-942-4321. Or visit the New Hampshire WIC Program website at


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Apr072009 - Libertarian Self-Help and Work Ethic Book

New book by Michael W. Dean

SUBJECTS: Self-Help: Codependency; Self-Help:

Substance Abuse & Addictions - General;

Biography & Autobiography: Personal Memoirs



"Part intellectual memoir, part self-help book, Michael W. Dean's Practical Emotional Self-Defense (PESD) techniques flow from a wealth of life experiences, both positive and negative. 'The Only Two Rules in Life' have some radical, refreshing implications. You'll have to read the book to find out what they are!"
--Jason Sorens, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor,
University at Buffalo, SUNY), founder of the Free State Project


"You owe yourself the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and put yourself in the court with this modern-day Socrates."
--Pastor Kenneth V. Blanchard, Sr., author of Black Man with a Gun


PUBLISHED BY The Nestlandia Institute Think Tank
WEBSITE, sample chapters, forum and contact:




This is the first-ever book on LIFE AMPLIFICATION or "LifeAmp." The purpose of LifeAmp is learning to be comfortable in your own skin, and making a living doing what you love. This stunning new guide applies libertarian "no free lunch" and "no initiation of force" ideals to self-help.


The book teaches that self-defense is appropriate and right, and shows how to practice PRACTICAL EMOTIONAL SELF-DEFENSE, using the same standard of integrity when dealing with family, friends, strangers, work, community, the nation, and the world.


It's RECOVERY WITHOUT MEETINGS - from codependence, dope addiction, booze short, any destructive pattern you'd like to delete from your own internal wiring. It then teaches you how to MAXIMIZE YOUR WORK ETHIC with TIME MANAGEMENT and ORGANIZATION BUILDING after you eliminate the toxic patterns and SERENITY VAMPIRES. A USER'S MANUAL FOR THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE is a post-modern guide for today's realist – everyone who knows that meditating on rainbows, angels and puppies won't fix them.



Michael W. Dean is the author of the books $30 Film School, $30 Music School, $30 Writing School, Starving in the Company of Beautiful Women, The Simple Pleasures of a Complex Girl, DIY NOW! Digital Audio and YouTube: an Insider's Guide to Climbing the Charts. Michael directed the films Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow and D.I.Y. or DIE: How to Survive as an Independent Artist.