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HEAL NH expands to serve more New Hampshire communities with our new Active Living Coordinator Nik Coates - focusing on empowering communities to make sustainable changes that support more active living, like bike paths and safe routes to school.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently highlighted the work being done to improve employee health in Cheshire County, crediting the Cheshire County Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) initiative and the Healthy Monadnock 2020 Champions program for starting the initiative.

Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) NH, one of New Hampshire's leading organizations supporting healthy community initiatives, met with over 50 legislators at the State House on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 to discuss its efforts to reverse rising obesity trends and help control rising health care costs in the state.

'Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation' is the title of the May 2010 White House report that both identifies the issue and provides a the time frame to remedy it. It describes 5 major areas for action: Early childhood; Empowering parents & care givers; Healthy food in schools; Access to healthy, affordable food; and Increasing physical activity. Benchmarks for success are specified for each area. The report lists 70 recommendations and identifies actions for government and the private sector. The NH HEAL Initiative is engaged in many strategies described in the report. Many of the White House report's recommendations echo recommendations in the November 2009 Report of the NH Commission on Childhood Obesity, a policy initiative launched by the Foundation for Healthy Communities in 2007.

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