Active Communities

The way in which communities are designed and function can promote—or inhibit—physical activity for children and adults. Active living communities are places where it is easy to integrate physical activity into daily routines.  



Joint Use Agreements

Foundation for Healthy Communities

HEAL Community Grant Coalitions

  • The Franklin / Three Rivers HEAL project represents Franklin and 12 surrounding towns.
  • The Cheshire County HEAL Healthiest Community Initiative represents Keene and 22 surrounding towns.
  • The Lakes Region HEAL represents Laconia and 8 surrounding towns.
  • The Upper Valley HEAL represents Lebanon and 5 surrounding towns.

Obesity Prevention Program

Step It Up Seacoast

5210 Steps Up

Capital Area Wellness Coalition


Endowement For Health

Dartmouth Hood Center for Children & Families

Center for Active Living & Healthy Communities was created by Plymouth State University to address health problems related to inactivity and sedentary lifestyles. The Center aims to enhance active living, health and wellness in New Hampshire’s North Country and Lakes Region through education, research and community partnerships. Through the PEARL Project the Center is examining the factors that influence rural-community residents’ physical-activity behaviors. The Center’s staff is also available to work with regional Head Start Body Start programs to develop play-space grant proposals.

The Carsey Institute at UNH conducts policy research on vulnerable children, youth, and families and on sustainable community development. They give policy makers and practitioners the timely, independent resources they need to effect change in their communities.

Rails to Trails Conservancy
Creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.

Action for Healthy Kids
Addresses the epidemic of overweight, sedentary, and undernourished youth by focusing on changes in schools to improve nutrition and increase physical activity.

NFL Play 60
NFL Play 60 is the National Football League's campaign aimed at encouraging kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to reverse childhood obesity.

Let's Move!
Program developed by First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.

Head Start Body Start
Resources and ideas to help you bring active play and meaningful movement to your Head Start or early childhood program. Parents will also find activities and tools to inspire creative, movement-based play and healthy food choices at home.

National Conference of State Legislatures
Provides information about state governing bodies, current legislation and reports, surveys, and policies.

CDC: The Guide To Community Preventive Services
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community.

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