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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-25-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | APRIL 25-MAY 1, 2019 OBITUARIES / HEALTH 15 Denis Peter Rainville, 76, died April 16. He was the devoted hus- band of Shirley A. (Tieri) Rainville. They had been married for 52 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Arthur and Dorothy (Lachapelle) Rainville. He had worked for many years as a cross- ing guard for the Smithfield Police Department and St. Philip School. Denis had also served in the United States Air Force. He had also served as both presi- dent and treasurer of the Lion's Club, and enjoyed fishing, photography and NASCAR. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Denis P. Rainville Jr., and his wife, Gale, of Chepachet; his grandchildren Kristi and Joseph; his sisters Nancy Fox and Debra Mann and her husband, Jack, of Coventry, and his many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 23, in St. Philip Church, Greenville. Burial followed in Acotes Hill Cemetery, Chepachet. Visitation was held April 19, in the Anderson- Winfield Home, Greenville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VA Medical Center, ATTN: Voluntary Service, 830 Chalkstone Ave., Providence, RI 02908, with Denis' name indicated on the memo line. For messages of condolence, see . Thelma Cote (Tait) of Harrisville, for- merly a longtime resident of Lincoln, died peacefully sur- rounded by her chil- dren on April 1. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of John and Janet (Robertson) Tait. She is predeceased by her husband Norman, her loving spouse for 59 years. She is survived by her children Deborah, of Harrisville, with whom she lived; Laura and her husband, Dennis Fitzgerald, of Framingham, Mass.; David Cote of Southborough, Mass., and Jonathan Cote and his wife, Mary Jane, of Lincoln. She was the loving grandmother of eight grandchildren, Nicholas and Benjamin Brooks, Jaime and Kyle Ganson, Alanna, Tyler, Julianne and Samuel Cote. Thelma loved to spend time gar- dening, reading and enjoying the birds and animals in her yard. She was a warm and devoted mother and grandmother and was eagerly await- ing the birth of two great-grandchil- dren this summer. Her family was the center of her life and they will miss her dearly. Services will be private. Denis Peter Rainville Thelma Cote RAINVILLE COTE obese and 12 percent are over- weight, or 24 percent combined. Smithfield's obesity and overweight rates are significantly lower than the state average of 35 percent. The study defines an obese child as one whose body mass index is in the 95th percentile for gender and age, and children with a BMI between the 85th and 95th percen- tiles are classified as overweight or at risk for obesity. Other towns with similar num- bers as Smithfield include Scituate, Glocester, Exeter, East Greenwich, and North Kingstown. Smithfield's rate is well short of obesity and overweight rates in core cities such as Providence, Central Falls and Pawtucket, with a rate of 43 percent combined. Assistant Supt. Sara Monaco said the district's Health and Wellness Committee, which she leads with School Committee Chairwoman Rose Marie Cipriano, promotes health, well-being and readiness through instruction and collabora- tion with community partners. Monaco said the committee secured grants to bring Recess Rocks in Rhode Island, a non-profit teaching healthy habits through play to combat childhood obesity, into two of the four elementary schools this year. Winsor Elementary School Principal Brian Ackerman and LaPerche Elementary School Principal Julie Dorsey both went through training with Recess Rocks in February. Monaco said McCabe and Old County Road elementary schools will participate in Recess Rocks training next year. Ackerman said the program "rein- vigorates recess" and get students to participate through new games and activities. "It's all about instilling those habits and giving them the best opportunities when they're young," Ackerman said. With so much technology in edu- cation and at home, Ackerman said it's important for families to get out- side, have fun together and develop healthy habits. "We don't want technology to be a substitute for face-to-face interac- tion," he said. At LaPerche, Dorsey said Recess Rocks helped create set rules for the game, Four Square, and gave chil- dren positive solutions to conflicts that happen on the courts. She said Smithfield elementary schools also encourage students to go outside for recess year-round to develop children's appreciation for the outdoors. Even in the winter, students can dress in snow gear and play as long as the temperature is above 20 degrees (factoring in the wind chill.) Smithfield Elementary schools also offer a 20-minute recess before the start of school for students to play, eat lunch, and socialize. Monaco said while recess is important, students need a nutrition- al balance as well to combat obesity. She said she work with Smithfield food service provider Chartwells to create several healthy food tast- ing events where students try out healthy snacks. At the high school, Chartwells introduced chef stations where stu- dents can pick out ingredients to be prepared as a unique dish. Nearby, Scituate has a similar rate for childhood obesity, at 12 per- cent, while 14 percent of students are considered overweight. Supt. Carol Blanchette said the district is coming out with a new health cur- riculum to bring healthy activities into the school, and is working with Chartwells to bring farm-to-table choices to the lunchroom. She said she believes obesity rates in Scituate are lower than the state average because of the number of sports programs in the district, 22, and because the district instills healthy lifestyles in many ways. "It's not a focus on keeping weight down. It's more about healthy choic- es and healthy lifestyles," she said. Blanchette said students are encouraged to self-care as well as follow healthy eating and exercise habits. She stressed the importance of emotional and social well-being for students' physical health. "We want to continue that mes- sage to kids that they're worth it to take care of," Blanchette. Still below the state average, Ponaganset School District, consist- ing of Foster and Glocester schools, has a 12 percent average for obesity, and a 14.5 percent rate for over- weight children. Supt. Michael Barnes said the schools took several steps to pro- mote healthy lifestyles and a healthy weight. "Compared to other districts in the state, our schools have a lower num- ber of overweight or obese students. Nevertheless, there is more we can do to help our students develop healthy lifestyles," he said. Barnes said health and wellness begins with a strong foundation, started at the elementary schools. He said Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School in Foster focuses on developing students who are "strong in mind, strong in body and strong in character." He said the high and middle schools have the equipment to sup- port strength training and cardiovas- cular development. "Over the past six years, we expanded our afterschool athletic activities. We added three sports at the middle school and two sports at the high school, and we offer a wide selection of intramural sports for our students," Barnes said. Barnes said PHS will host a well- ness symposium at the Ponaganset High School Field House to pro- mote physical and mental health through interactive wellness ses- sions, on May 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. OBESITY From Page One 'Tools for Healthy Living' at Greenville Library SMITHFIELD – Tools for Healthy Living – a Stanford University six- week workshop – will be offered this spring at Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike. The workshop will begin on Tuesday, May 7, at 10 a.m., and will meet every Tuesday through June 11. The program is presented by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Organizers say participants will learn how to improve sleep, manage medications, eat healthier, improve communication with family and doctors, be more active, use action plans, and practice problem-solving for better decision-making. A coffee information hour will be held at the library on Tuesday, April 30. Contact Cassie Patterson at 401-949-3630, ext. 117, or greenvil- for more information and to register. 3rd Generation Family Owned and Operated Geoffrey Greene ~ LfD Jennifer Greene faGan ~ LfD Veronica Houston ~ LfD 2251 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 231-9307 • 70th Anniversary Year Monument Manufacturers INDOOR SHOWROOM Cemetery Lettering 91 Pawtucket Ave., Rumford 401-434-4064 Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon STANLEY GRANITE CO. Dennis Joseph Blanchard (80) of Upton Quebec Canada, formally from Glocester, RI, died on February 23, 2019 with his family by his side. He was the son of the late Frederick and Fabiola (Octeau) Blanchard. He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Louise Dumaine Blanchard of Upton Quebec Canada, two children, Richard Blanchard and his wife Christine of Glocester RI, and Joanne Blanchard Cripe and her husband James of Johnston, RI, US. Two grandchildren, Jacqueline & Joseph Blanchard, one great grandchild, Michael. He also leaves behind 3 sisters, Arline Proulx and Suzanne Blanchard of Smithfield, RI and Claire Raymond of Drummondville Quebec Canada. He was the brother of the late Roger Blanchard and Gloria Paquette. In his profession, he was a commercial truck driver for 35 years and a Teamsters Local 251 Union Member. He was also a Knights of Columbus member. Mr. Blanchard's family has planned a memorial service and will receive condolences on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at 10 a.m. A funeral mass in honor will be celebrated from St. Eugene's Church, 1251 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to a local charitable organization of your choice.

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