The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting rural communities to apply for planning assistance to develop strategies that help grow the economy and revitalize downtown neighborhoods. Thirty or more communities will be selected for assistance through a competitive process.

Pictured L to R: Terry Johnson, Director, HEAL NH; Mary DeVeau, Chair, Foundation for Healthy Communities Board of Trustees; Benjamin Frost, Director, Legal & Public Affairs, NH Housing Finance Authority; and Shawn LaFrance, Executive Director, Foundation for Healthy Communities.The Foundation for Healthy Communities recently honored Benjamin Frost, Director of Legal and Public Affairs at the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, with its distinguishedInnovator's Award for his support, commitment and dedication to the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL NH) initiative during the Foundation's annual meeting at the Omni Mount Washington Resort.

Over two thousand New Hampshire residents took up the challenge to be physically active at least twenty minutes each day this summer. Participants of this State-wide initiative driven by the Governor’s Council on Physical Activity & Health received a Passport to track their daily activity and gain free entry into six State Parks for daily use.

America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce the second year of Micro Grant Funding. This program will award grantees up to $1,500.00 for projects related to increasing walking and walkability. Funded projects will increase walking and benefits of walkability in communities.

Afterschool programs to set a NH state record for the most sites playing CATCH Kids Club games simultaneously. The CATCH Kids Club Day record-setting event is on November 7th from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. Participating kids will be exercising to celebrate healthy kids in the granite state!

HEAL Offers Support to Programs Implementing NAP SACC

CONCORD, NH -- With one in three low-income New Hampshire preschoolers either overweight or obese (NH Obesity Data Book), several child care programs are adopting policies to serve healthier meals and snacks and to increase physical activity for the children in their programs.

Members of the Plan4Health Nashua coalition met on October 19 to discuss efforts to support Complete Streets in Nashua. The day began on the steps of Nashua’s City Hall when 18 community members from a wide range of organizations met with Mayor Donnalee Lozeau to discuss the City’s efforts to make the streets safer and more accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Did you know? Fourth graders and their families nationwide now have free access to all federally managed lands and waters - including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. Visit the Every Kid in a Park website for more information!


We're excited our HEAL community, Lakes Region HEAL through the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, Inc. in Laconia was awarded $50,000 to create a pop-up farmer's market!

Please excuse our experience, we're currently in the process of reorganizing our website to align our resources with the Healthy People Healthy Places Plan objectives. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance finding anything.

The statewide report demonstrates progress made in obesity prevention and oral health among third graders across the state.

With more than 1,000 bikes fixed and sold in the year and a half since the program began and hundreds more in the warehouse, Wallace and Crow have seen bikes in all conditions come through the door. Some are just about brand new and in need of a tune up, while others require a little more TLC.

Thank you for attending our 2014 Conference on October 16, 2014.  All presentations and handouts are now available for download, including a summary of the vision developed for different regions in NH - created by conference participants.

An amazing video posted by CHAD is one you should not miss. With features from staff, kids, and even the president and CEO, Dartmouth-Hitchcock has embraced the strength of all the children they serve.  They are all fighters and champions!

PORTSMOUTH — In a corner of Gosling Meadows — a public housing neighborhood known for police calls, not botanical gardens — two neighbors have grown a sanctuary of flower and vegetable beds. On small patches of land, boosted by their own compost, the woman are nurturing a seemingly impossible variety of homegrown foods.

A generous HEAL Grant, promoting Healthy Eating, Active Living, brought the first of what is hoped to be an annual wellness fair to Ashland last week, and it was met with great enthusiasm by local residents.

From USA Today: "Active design'' is the new weapon in the fight against the national obesity crisis. Stairs, open spaces, locating office equipment away from desks are design tools used to get people moving. It is gaining popularity as more cities and companies join the fight and embrace healthy initiatives and "green'' measures.

Presentations are now available to download from our recent event: Promoting Equity, Transforming Communities and Improving Health.

This event was co-convened by HEAL, the NH Health & Equity Partnership and Granite State Future, and sponsored by the HNH Foundation.

HEAL Director, Terry Johnson, was recently featured as a guest speaker on the popular NH Public Radio show The Exchange hosted by Laura Knoy during a segment titled "Overcoming Obesity in the Granite State". 

It's official. Thorntons Ferry School has set a world record in fitness. In 2011, Thorntons Ferry School in Merrimack, was awarded the first HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Living) Award as part of the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award Program. Since then, Thorntons Ferry School hasn't stopped moving forward.

Nashua Telegraph- Crowds stopped and stared at the surprise flash mob dancing near Town Hall at the Milford Oval on the evening of Oct. 6. The flash mob was formed by a group of Milford High School students to raise awareness for the organization Fuel Up to Play 60, founded by the NFL and the National Dairy Council. It helps kids get more involved with exercise and to play for 60 minutes a day to get active.

The American Public Health Association and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership have partnered to produce a new guide: Promoting Active Transportation: An Opportunity for Public Health. This primer is intended to give an introduction and orientation to as to why and how health should be considered in transportation planning and decision-making.

Governor John H. Lynch declared September "Childhood Obesity Awareness Month" in the state of New Hampshire. Governor Lynch made this declaration to accelerate progress in the prevention of this epidemic.

When federal housing officials created a program in the mid-1990s to help single-mother households in poor neighborhoods relocate to low-poverty areas, they weren't merely interested in providing access to better homes, jobs, and schools. They also wanted to study how the families who moved out changed over time compared to those who stayed put.

Foods sold in U.S. stores need standardized labels to let consumers rank their nutritional value, according to a report from a government science panel. The front-of-pack nutrition labels should use a ratings system similar to the federal Energy Star program that rates consumer product efficiency, the U.S. Institute of Medicine said today in the report. The labels should rate sodium, sugar and fat content on a scale of zero to three, the panel said.

Food and beverage companies with a greater percentage of sales from so-called "better-for-you" products do better, financially, than their peers with less healthful fare, a new report finds.

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