Lakes Region HEAL

Lisa Morris
Executive Director

The Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health
67 Water Street Suite 105
Laconia, NH 03246

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Geographic Community Served

Click on above image to download the Lakes Region HEAL Case StudyBelknap County:
Alton, Belmont, Center Harbor, Gilford, Gilmanton, Laconia & Meredith

Carroll County:
Sandwich and Moultonborough

Community Overview

The total population of these towns is 47,691 with 36% residing in Laconia. This region has both rural communities and a more urban community (Laconia).

The Lakes Region is rich in outdoor recreational opportunities encouraging physical activity such as hiking and skiing.

  • Obesity was identified as one of the top 4 health issues in the Lakes Region by survey respondents (41%)
  • Belknap County has the highest percentage of overweight (20.4%) and obese (19.8%) WIC enrolled children of all counties in New Hampshire.*
  • Belknap County residents reported higher prevalence of hypertension and elevated cholesterol and lower prevalence of fruit and vegetable consumption and less leisure time activity than residents of NH overall.**
  • 75.3% of Belknap County residents do not consume at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.**

*2007 CDC Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS)
**2007 (BRFSS)


To create local awareness about active, healthy options for the Lakes Region

HEAL Sectors Targeted

Health Care Industry
Communities & Municipalities

Overall Goal: To improve health and quality of life of children in the lakes region

Communities and Municipalities

  • Engage community agencies, municipally based recreation departments in promoting and adopting HEAL interventions.
  • Incorporate HEAL practices in the development of WOW trails.
  • Assure consistent messaging across agencies, municipalities
  • Implement HEAL Interventions (CATCH, 5-2-1-0, Fit-WIC, Livable Walkable Communities.)

Health Care Industry

  • Increase use of Body Mass Index (BMI) to monitor healthy weight.
  • Increase referral to nutrition, physical activity and behavior modification resources in community.
  • Educate patients about weight management control and healthy lifestyles.


  • Adopt statewide nutrition standards in before/after school, early child care and pre-school programs
  • Increase awareness, commitment and resources for before/after school, early child care, and pre-school programs to provide a healthy eating and active living environment.
  • Promote lifelong healthy eating and active living through integrated curriculum, communication practices and partnerships with family and communities.


  • 20 participants received CATCH Kids Club (CKC) training in Meredith and Pleasant Street Elementary Schools, with additional CKC kits distributed to Belmont Parks & Rec, Meredith Parks & Rec, Pleasant Street School, and Gilford Summer Program.
  • 5-2-1-0 resources have been distributed to all Parks & Recreation programs in our seven towns, childcare centers in Laconia & Meredith, elementary schools in all seven towns, dentist offices in Meredith, Boys & Girls Club of Laconia, libraries in all seven towns and LRGH Medical offices in Meredith and Belmont. 5-2-1-0 materials were also provided to Child and Family Services and to UNH Cooperative Extension for their in-school Nutrition lessons.
  • Local Public Access TV is promoting 5-2-1-0
  • Meredith Parks and Recreation changed their vending machine policy for after school program selections restricting sugary beverages and candy.
  • Meredith Parks and Recreation produced a cookbook with CKC recipes and healthy choices to replace old cookbooks with unhealthy options.
  • Laconia and Meredith received the fruit and vegetable grant to provide healthy snacks for the elementary kids.
  • Meredith Elementary cafeteria is outsourcing some of their funding to local farmers for produce
  • Harvard Pilgram has awarded the Meredith Park & Rec. program and Lakes Region Child Care with the Fit Flix video award. This included a free video camera and publishing of their healthy living video. Kids received gift certificates and recognition for their accomplishments.
  • New publications were created around 5-2-1-0 for medical affiliates and general awareness. 5-2-1-0 Magnets were created in March 2010. The Lakes Region Activity Guide was completed in summer 2010 featuring all available recreational options in the Lakes Region.
  • Presentations on 5-2-1-0 and HEAL were made to local organizations including Lakes Region Leadership, WOW Trail Board, Women Inspiring Women, Granite State Triathlon Club, Friends of the Meredith Public Library, and Gilford Rotary.
  • Belknap Family Health in Meredith and in Belmont are piloting a pediatric obesity prevention and treatment project.
  • Meredith is using a wagon wheel model of connectivity to establish non-motorized means of travel to central hubs in their town. Lakes Region HEAL is helping Meredith pursue, a safe routes to school program.
  • Phase one of the WOW trail has been completed. Lakes Region HEAL provided a mini-grant to help with phase two and the completion of a trail map.
  • 7 Town, 7 Walks, 7 Days, The Golden Foot Quest: Lakes Region HEAL's effort to get the Lakes Region moving during WALK NH week. Golden sneakers are hidden in all seven towns for walkers to find and turn in to their local libraries for prizes.
  • LRHEAL supported the creation of the new Meredith Walks Guide and met with town planner to develop a future vision of a livable, walkable community.

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