The City of Nashua was awarded with a 2 year HEAL Community Grant in April, 2012.
During the first year of grant implementation, The Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services (DPHCS) collaborated with over 25 local agencies to identify strategies that increase access to healthy foods and opportunities for recreation in the Tree Streets Neighborhood.
- Neighborhood residents and local nonprofit agencies will create a community garden adjacent to the Heritage RailTrail
- Nashua HEAL will promote increased usage of the Heritage Rail Trail through creation of interest centers, maps, and additional improvements
Overall, HEAL resources will allow for increased access to physical activity, healthy food outlets and obesity prevention materials in the City of Nashua for underserved and disadvantaged populations. DPHCS anticipates support from the HEAL Community Grant to realize the vision of all Nashua residents leading healthy, happy and productive lives.
To become involved or find out more information about the City of Nashua, please contact Kerran Vigroux at the contact information above.
In spring 2015, Nashua officially endorsed the Plan4Health Nashua program which focuses on developing Complete Street guidelines that support equitable access to safe, healthy multi-modal transportation.
The goal of the Plan4Health Nashua project is to advance street planning and design that support safer and easier ways to get around for pedestrians and bicyclists.The project is supported by the Greater Nashua Public Health Advisory Council, and was selected as a priority project for implementation in Nashua’s 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan. Plan4Health Nashua is a collaboration between planning and public health professionals, including the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, the City of Nashua, New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA), and Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL NH).
The coalition developed an informational video to help demonstrate that people’s ability to make healthy choices are improved when health is integrated into comprehensive planning processes.The coalition developed an informational video to help demonstrate that people’s ability to make healthy choices are improved when health is integrated into comprehensive planning processes.