Our featured speakers will be Sara Rainer and Jennifer Rablais from the NH Disability & Public Health Project at the UNH Institute on Disability. We will also hear from Erin Allgood from Allgood Eats Local as she presents the results from the HEAL Nutrition and Healthy Food Access Survey. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend.



The NH Food Alliance is now seeking people to join one of five Action Teams (Education, Market Development, Food Access, Land Resources, and Fisheries) that will coordinate implementation of these specific actions and advance the Enterprise Viability Initiative (EVI).


NHBR: Our director, Terry Johnson, writes about how communities with more active opportunities can boost the NH Economy.




Our featured speaker will be Melissa Bernardin, Campaign Coordinator, Voices for Healthy Kids, American Heart Association. Melissa Bernardin will present the work being unfolded in NH and outline the ways that you, your partners, and the residents in your community can become involved and add your voice! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend.



In 2016, the Enterprise Viability Working Group identified specific, priority actions for the Alliance to collaborate on as a network. They are now seeking people to join one of five Action Teams (Education, Market Development, Food Access, Land Resources, and Fisheries) that will coordinate implementation of these specific actions and advance the Enterprise Viability Initiative (EVI). 


WMUR: The Southern section of the Granite State Rail Trail will stretch over 23 miles from the Methuen border to the existing Riverwalk in Manchester. Right now, the longest paved section runs 8.6 miles from Salem to Hood Park in Derry. The following is a breakdown of each NH town, and where they stand with their rail trail projects.



Town selectman recently passed a “Complete Streets” policy in Hinsdale to improve its roadways. 

Hinsdale is the fourth town in the Monadnock Region to adopt a Complete Streets policy; Keene, Swanzey and Troy also have Complete Streets policies in place.

Terry Johnson Appears as Guest on NHPTV Series about Aging in New Hampshire

CONCORD, NH - Terry Johnson, Director of the Healthy Eating Active Living Campaign in New Hampshire (HEAL NH), will provide insights on how we can eat healthier and stay physically active as we age. Mr. Johnson will be one of two guests in the debut episode of New Hampshire Public Television's (NHPTV) series "Changing Aging in the Granite State."

Visit our News Section to watch the 26 minute video: HEAL NH Director Provides Insights on Staying Healthy and Active As We Age

Mr. Johnson works with organizations throughout the Granite State to support environments that provide residents with equitable access to healthy foods and physical activity.

In October, the town of Swanzey became the fourth community in New Hampshire to adopt a Complete Streets policy. This small town of 7,300 is being held up as a model for other communities who are striving to provide planning guidelines that support roads designed for all.

NHPR, Initial results of the Safe Routes to School Program from one Keene elementary school show that the percentage of students who walked to school increased from 11 percent to 26 percent in the five years since the program started. 

Reflecting back on 2015, we wanted to share a visual slideshow featuring our New Hampshire partners and their successes advancing the Healthy People Healthy Places Plan. Thank you to all of our partners - we wish you a happy 2016! 

NHBR: The town of Swanzey is the latest New Hampshire community to adopt a “Complete Streets” policy — a guide for developers, town planners and the public works department to follow when planning street renovations, changes and improvements. By Jeff Feingold

On November 4, members of the YMCA of Greater Nashua provided valuable feedback about the research being conducted by the Nashua Regional Planning Commission on how ‘friendly’ Nashua streets are for walking and bicycling.

Dartmouth study verifies fruit and vegetable consumption is better when kids eat at school, fries don’t count. The fruits and vegetables provided at school deliver an important dietary boost to low income adolescents. 

SentinelSource.com: A recently released study by the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services shows that rates of childhood obesity have declined in the Monadnock Region and that Cheshire County has one of the lowest rates of childhood obesity in the state.

Dining out doesn't have to be a high calorie count affair. Many restaurants do not fall under the new federal menu-labeling legislation nor does the state require them to offer healthier options, yet an initiative has begun.

More and more parents and educators are starting to "think beyond the gym walls," and come up with ways to fit in exercise before or after school. One idea is to have teachers integrate physical activity into math and reading lessons.

There was good news on the childhood obesity front this week for the first time in a long time. A report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed that the rates of obesity in youngsters in some parts of the United States have dropped by small percentages. New Hampshire has always ranked relatively well in childhood obesity studies comparing state rates.

HEAL grantees and supporters gathered for a celebration of NH HEAL's first round of grant communities. The day was a testament to the outstanding work accomplished by these communities as they demonstrated the transformation HEAL work can make in the communities and organizations with whom they worked.

After decades of rising childhood obesity rates, several American cities are reporting their first declines. The trend has emerged in big cities like New York and Los Angeles, as well as smaller places like Anchorage, Alaska, and Kearney, Neb.




Nobody said it would be easy, and company officials admit there were some "showdowns" and work-arounds to overcome, but a New Hampshire lumber company is offering a case study in taking traditional workplaces through a healthy environment evolution – from offering walking paths all the way to a property-wide tobacco ban.

Getting rid of the soda machine was just a baby step when the staff of the Spaulding Youth Center, a residential educational center for kids with special needs, decided to battle childhood obesity.

By Deborah Kotz
Boston Globe

Teens, it turns out, are not that good at deciphering food labels when it comes to choosing between water and sugary beverages. Or perhaps they simply don't look at them at all, leading them to reach for a bottle of Coke at the corner deli rather than a bottle of Poland Spring.

But if they were clearly informed about how many calories were in that Coke bottle, would they be more likely to choose the water?

Environmental Approaches Improving Physical Activity Levels and Dietary Habits Are Key
Research published by the Cochrane Collaboration

Targeting children aged six to 12 with school-based programs that encourage healthy eating, physical activity and positive attitudes to body image are among a range of interventions that can help reduce levels of obesity, according to a new review of the evidence.

Ys nationwide will establish physical activity and healthy eating standards for the 700,000 children in its early childhood and afterschool programs


CHICAGO, Nov. 30, 2011 -Today, YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for the nation's 2,700 Ys, committed to standards that would ensure that more children have access to healthy food and physical activity in its 10,000 early childhood and afterschool programs across the country.

The New Hampshire Sustainable Communities Initiative (NH SCI) is an innovative statewide project that will enable communities to create fully-integrated, place-based, sustainable development plans. It will provide a planning structure, tools and supports that increase our state's ability to: engage communities; integrate planning across sectors; identify, share and replicate successful projects; and, implement high quality, cohesive sustainable development practices. Together these practices will enable large communities and small villages throughout the state to achieve economic vitality while safeguarding natural resources, character, rural landscapes and providing increased opportunities for healthy eating and active living that resonates with individuals and defines NH's values.

Keynote Presentation Available Online

Keynote speaker Genoveva Islas-Hooker, Regional Program Coordinator for the nationally recognized Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP) presents promising strategies for developing community leaders who can direct advocacy change initiatives that address the escalating incidence of obesity in rural areas.

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