PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (7/17/09)--New Hampshire First Lady Dr. Susan Lynch participated in a Walk N.H. event sponsored by Service CU, Portsmouth, N.H. on Tuesday. Lynch chairs the Foundation of Healthy Communities, a nonprofit organization that works to address health issues through prevention programs. During the walk, she told Service CU employees that individuals with diabetes can reduce their death rates by one-third if they walk three to four hours a week. Walking also can help people lose weight, and reverse high blood pressure and cholesterol, she said (Seacoastonline.com July 15). Walk N.H. is one program that helps raise money for the Foundation of Healthy Communities. Service CU donated $1,500 to the cause. A large amount of the money goes toward preventing childhood obesity, Lynch said. Laurie Ainsworth and Linda Marshall were two of 35 Service CU employees who participated in Tuesday’s walk. They told the newspaper that any occasion to leave the office to help the community is a good one. Service CU’s staff is very receptive of the credit union’s community service efforts, said Karen Benedetti, Service CU vice president of marketing.