Findings connect health, economic growth to parks in 10 communities. For over a year, the HEAL NH Active Recreation Workgroup conducted an inventory of public recreation spaces in 10 of New Hampshire’s highest need communities. The resulting report, “Recreation Access in NH Communities,” was released last month.


The Grind Rail Trail Café attracts customers with healthy food and award-winning coffee

November 1, 2016 - Melanie Davis and Carmel Shea are both active users of the Derry Rail Trail. A few years ago, after a bike ride, they noticed there were no real options to relax, grab some healthy food, or just hang out with friends over a coffee near the trail.

CONCORD – The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has awarded a $75,000 grant to the Foundation for Healthy Communities for sustainability of the NH CATCH Kids Club Project. CATCH is a successful afterschool physical activity and nutrition curriculum that FHC has spread to 109 sites in NH.

For the New Hampshire assessment, NHDOT selected a section of Elm Street in downtown Manchester to identify barriers and opportunities to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and access.

Last month, the Strafford County Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC), comprised of a network of 165 community stakeholder and 62 organizations, released the region’s first Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), a comprehensive public health document with strategies, activities, and solutions focused on the health of Stafford County residents.

Ambassadors will work at the sector, state, regional and national levels to improve the food served in health care facilities, increase access to healthy foods, and support the New England food economy.



The Partnership for Public Health in collaboration with the Lakes and Franklin Healthy Eating Active Living Coalitions (HEAL) was awarded $50,000 to increase access to fresh, locally grown produce and educational materials to low-income families in the Winnipesaukee region.

The Somersworth Farmers Market wrapped up its first season on Thursday, September 24 and met its goal of improving access to fresh produce and reducing disparities to accessing healthy food.


The HEAL “ED”ies recognizes an outstanding school in New Hampshire that is creating a healthier environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity and is achieving positive results for students and staff. Applications are due January 9, 2015.

Beverage companies spent $866 million to advertise unhealthy drinks in 2013, and children and teens remained key target audiences for that advertising, according to a new report released Nov. 19 by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity.

CONCORD N.H. - In addition to donating the bicycles, Recycled Cycles’ mechanics helped the youth with basic repairs and adjustments to their existing bicycles.  All of the youth who received a donated bicycle also received a helmet.  

Researchers charted bike commuting rates across the Minneapolis area, finding, not surprisingly, that the biggest increases happened near the biggest investments in safe, comfortable bike infrastructure.

Jess Gerrior, member of Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition and sustainability coordinator at Franklin Pierce University, addresses the audience during the Q&A period November 17th in The Colonial Theatre after the showing of the film, “A Place at the Table.” Photo by Bill Gnade

Fast Food FACTS 2013 research report discusses how the nutritional quality of fast-food meals, and how those meals are marketed to children and teens, has improved, but more work is needed.

Thanks in part to a grant from the Foundation for Healthy Communities, the 'Jump And Sprout' kids at the Penacook Community Center Garden harvested more than 1,300 pounds of vegetables and produce this year.

Healthy Monadnock 2020 recently honored individuals, groups and schools for their work in contributing to a healthier community.

After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for one, Arkansas, in the past year, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013

WEARE - By offering students healthy choices and focusing on physical education, John Stark Regional High School is the first high school in New Hampshire to have earned an award of distinction as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's HealthierUS School Challenge.

NASHUA – Mindy Sartorelli is committed to serving fresh produce to her 7- and 8-year-old boys. She was part of a community forum in Nashua at which Tree Streets residents and local agency staff members assessed the resources for healthy living available in and around the neighborhood.

The Manchester VA Medical Center established a Veterans Free Farmers' Market pilot this summer to create a Win-Win connection for the Manchester VA Medical Center, community growers, and Veterans to support their healthy nutritional intake.

The Nashua Regional Planning Commission is joining the eight other commissions across the state to guide future changes through their Granite State Future project. Each region will update their respective regional plans based on the needs of each region, but all RPCs are coordinating their efforts to save money and share information.

To each child, it was just a hop in a hula hoop, but to a new after-school health program, it was a landmark. November 7th was Coordinated Approach to Child Health Kids Club (CKC) Day, and in celebration, the program set a state record for the number of kids playing games at once.

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WASHINGTON -- A slice of pizza still counts as a vegetable.

In a victory for the makers of frozen pizzas, tomato paste and French fries, Congress on Monday blocked rules proposed by the Agriculture Department that would have overhauled the nation's school lunch program.

The Fruit and Veggie Quantity Cookbook - Revised Edition was launched this week by the New Hampshire Obesity Prevention Program (OPP), Division of Pubic Health Services, Department of Health and Human Services. The OPP partnered with New Hampshire Hospital Food and Nutrition Services to test all 31 recipes.

LACONIA SUN -- School Board members on Tuesday night consented to a proposal that will lead to the creation of a "Health and Wellness Academy" in the city, a joint project between the School District and the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health. The initiative is an attempt to create a comprehensive strategy to engage students, staff and families in health-promoting activities.

Pemi-Baker Community Health in Plymouth started implementing a workplace wellness program in 2009. Like many businesses that begin implementing these programs, Pemi-Baker focused on wellness resources provided by its health insurance provider. But Pemi-Baker soon recognized the importance of providing a supportive environment to help employees make healthy choices.

Hillside Middle School Leads Initiative to Improve School Nutrition with Innovative Food Rating System

Guiding Stars, the world's first store-wide nutrition guidance program is teaming up with Hillside Middle School in Manchester, NH for the debut of its good, better, best food rating system. Thanks to a grant from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, Hillside Middle School will be the first public school in New Hampshire to use Guiding Stars to help students and staff to easily identify nutritious food on the menu.

New study examines beverage industry marketing practices and nutritional content of nearly 600 products.

Young people are exposed to a substantial amount of marketing for sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks and fruit drinks, according to a new report from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. The new report, Sugary Drink FACTS (Food Advertising to Children and Teens Score), is the most comprehensive assessment of sugary drink nutrition and marketing ever conducted. It analyzed the marketing practices of 14 major companies and the nutritional content of nearly 600 products.

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