Updates from August 17, 2016 meeting

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Featured Presentation: Plan4Health Nashua: A Model for Integrating Planning and Public Health at the Local Level
Presented by: Ryan Friedman, Nashua Regional Planning Commission; Kim Adie, Greater Nashua YMCA; and Michelle Morel, Morel Communications

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Ryan, Kim and Michelle presented Plan4Health Nashua (P4HN), which is a national award winning initiative that integrates public health and planning to advance Complete Streets design. They reviewed the initiative and shared the P4HN “toolbox”, including: Nashua Complete Streets Guide; Land Use Regulatory Audit; Level of Traffic Stress analysis for bicycling and walking; origins and destinations scoring to determine where improvements would have positive impact on the most vulnerable populations; use of GIS to identify gaps in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure; and strategic communications tactics to educate and engage the community and municipal leaders.

Resources and information discussed at our August meeting:

Videos demonstrating how to use vegetables found at the Farmers Market 
Shared by Robin Peters, UNH Cooperative Extension

Upcoming events:

  • Complete Streets Study Committee is convening next week on August 23.
  • Complete Streets Forum on Sept. 7th. Partners will be working on aligning strategies
  • HEAL Conference is October 12th at Church Landing in Meredith
  • NH Food Alliance is holding its partner convening on Nov. 15th
  • Health Care without Harm is holding a forum in November. Multi-department teams from NH hospitals are invited to participate.
  • Farm to School Beacon Community Project: http://www.nhfarmtoschool.org/current-initiatives.html 
    The New Hampshire Farm to School Beacon Community project will pilot how to move innovative farm to school practices forward and identify models for other communities across the state. The communities involved in this pilot project are Colebrook, Nashua and Somersworth.


Updates from May 11, 2016

Below are photos from our HEAL Community Network meeting on May 11, 2016. The network worked in small groups to discuss accomplishments and network for ideas on various projects. Highlights from communities included:

We finished off the meeting with an interactive presentation from Doris Demers, Director of Food Services at Oyster River School District and Amy Cassidy, Director of Food Services for Nashua School District. They spoke to us about successes and challenges in Food Services as well as advice for those advocating for healthy food in schools. Download resources on School Food, including "Tips for Advocates of Healthy School Food".

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