Municipal Leaders Show Commitment To Create Healthier New Hampshire Communities.
From 2012 - 2014, HEAL NH provided funding, training and other resources to four New Hampshire cities and towns.
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The grants were awarded to help communities identify and implement municipal strategies – such as adding bike paths, sidewalks, and farmers markets – to provide more choices for residents to eat healthy and be physically active. Special consideration was given to rural towns and urban neighborhoods with health, social, and economic disparities (factors that lead to higher incidences of obesity and chronic diseases).
The HEAL Community Grant Program was unusual because it required municipal management (mayors, select boards, town managers) to take the lead in mobilizing community members to work together – in contrast with traditional community health improvement models led by public health agencies or nonprofits.
"We were pleased to work with these four municipalities and their community partners that have shown readiness and enthusiasm towards making long-term changes in their community to promote health and quality of life," said Terry Johnson, Director of HEAL NH. "We have adopted the municipal grant model because it is vital to have the commitment of city and town executives from the onset of these projects. They can be strong influencers and champions for the ways our communities are designed, which, in turn, affects the health of our residents."
Videos from our HEAL Communities:
Click here to view the Nashua HEAL Video on YouTube