Findings of year-long project to be unveiled at community-wide event. Featured Speakers include Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess; Bike-Walk Alliance of NH Executive Director, Tim Blagden; and Concord City Engineer, Ed Roberge. The event is free and open to the public.

Kearsarge Regional School District is hosting a community movie screening of "The Kids Menu" followed by a panel discussion on April 5th. Learn what their school district is doing to harness the power of produce and how you can ensure your child is eating healthy! Download the flyer. This is a Wellness Connection at New London Hospital partner collaboration to raise awareness around childhood obesity and the impact of community / school initiatives.

CONCORD, NH — Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) NH, one of New Hampshire's leading organizations supporting healthy community initiatives, will update New Hampshire state representatives and senators on March 6, 2013, from 7:30-9 a.m. at the State House Dining Room in Concord.

Terry Johnson, Director, HEAL NH and cancer survivor, speaks about the importance of physical activity in survivorship at the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) Annual Conference on March 21 in Concord.

Organizations Embrace Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Program That Makes Nutrition and Physical Activity Fun for Kids

CONCORD --Will kids give up fast food and video games? Probably not entirely, but the CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) Kids Club program makes healthy food and physical activity fun for New Hampshire children, grades K-5. The CATCH Kids Club, funded by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, can be found at after-school and community recreation programs run by organizations throughout the state, including Penacook Community Center, Manchester YMCA, Gilford Summer Program, Keene Parks and Recreation, and Concord Boys and Girls Club.

Plan4Health Nashua is hosting a training to introduce key findings from their project on March 24th. Attend to learn about how Nashua is working to make the streets friendlier for walking and biking, learn about complete streets policies, and discover a new tool called the Complete Streets Guide.

When Colebrook discovered it needed major infrastructure improvements to the water and sewer system in the Main Street area, it decided to take a Complete Streets approach to the project.

Over a year ago, a partnership formed in Nashua between public health and planning to advance street design that supports health by providing safer and easier ways to get around for pedestrians and bicyclists. 

Five New Hampshire municipalities have officially adopted Complete Streets policies or resolutions—Portsmouth, Concord, Dover, Keene, Swanzey—while others are in the process.

April 7-9, 2015. Hosted by UMass Amherst, it is a first-year conference that will bring together leaders from the Northeast who are working to get more local and regional food into schools, colleges, health care and other institutions.

Use this dashboard feature to learn about policy, systems and environmental changes that HEAL has enacted or has underway through our current projects.

The community center has a number of healthy eating and active living initiatives in place, including a new natural playground and the Early Sprouts seed-to-table gardening curriculum. They also plan to add raised gardens and a mural depicting the center’s HEAL philosophy.

Rockingham County once again ranks as the healthiest county in New Hampshire, with Coos County at the opposite end of the spectrum as the least healthy, according to the fifth annual County Health Rankings.

Bring your walking shoes or bicycle to the start of the Heritage Rail Trail on the south side of City Hall at noon on Friday April 11th.  Join leaders from the Nashua Regional Planning Commission and Goodale’s Bike Shop on a 2.6 mile walk of the trail or a longer bike loop.

Farmers markets across the state are working to educate SNAP beneficiaries about using their benefits at the market, as well as teaching them about “market match” programs that allow them to get double or even triple the benefits when they shop at farmers markets.

The primary purpose of the Active Transportation Program is to provide participants with essential skills in planning and implementing bicycle and walking transportation efforts in their communities. There are three scheduled Active Transportation sessions in 2014.  All interested are encouraged to attend.

Fuel Up to Play 60—the nation’s largest in-school wellness program—along with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and Dean Foods, launched the It Starts With School Breakfast campaign in New Hampshire with a celebration at Dr. Crisp Elementary School in Nashua.

HEAL Director, Terry Johnson, along with colleagues in the obesity prevention field discuss on NHPR's The Exchange the recent data on the drop in childhood obesity rates among preschoolers.

Children living in rural areas are about 25 percent more likely to be overweight or obese than children in urban areas, studies show. Rural communities have come up with several strategies to battle childhood obesity.

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Food and Nutrition Services team hopes to help employees and visitors who are time-stressed make choosing healthier food an "easy choice" using one, two or three apple icons on the nutritional labels for some of the entrees and side dishes being offered.

Unhealthy Counties Have More Than Twice the Rate of Premature Deaths Than Healthy Ones; Childhood Poverty Rates Twice As High In Unhealthy Counties

The New Orleans health department's "Fit NOLA" campaign has employed a range of sectors and civic groups, and public-private partnerships to envision a city that's among America's 10 healthiest by 2018, New Orleans' tricentennial.


The HNH Foundation recently announced a new year-long initiative designed to focus public attention on the obesity epidemic. Communities throughout the state will host public screenings of the "Challenges" segment of HBO's award-winning Weight of the Nation documentary series.

The 12-week program provides nutrition classes, exercise sessions and family events about healthy shopping and cooking. Students who successfully complete the course, receive a free one-year membership to the YMCA for everyone in their family.

While parents may steer kids to healthier foods at home, fast food and sugary snacks are everywhere, it seems. And a San Antonio researcher has a new study to show that simply having a convenience store or fast food restaurant within walking distance is often enough to spoil good eating habits...


The New Hampshire Governor's Council on Physical Activity and Health, on behalf of Governor John Lynch, is seeking nominations of individuals and groups in New Hampshire that have accomplished outstanding achievements in promoting healthy lifestyles...



Updates improve access to fruits, veggies and reduced-fat milk without costing government or families more. A study published found that changes made in 2009 to the WIC program prompted North Philadelphia corner stores, convenience stores and bodegas to start offering healthier foods.

Michelle Obama visits PenacookCheers to getting kids up and moving! The first lady visited the Penacook Community Center to promote her national "Let's Move" campaign to increase fitness and combat childhood obesity...


First Lady Michelle Obama cited New Hampshire as a national leader in combating childhood obesity during a March 9 visit to the Penacook Community Center in Concord. "I am so very impressed and proud," Obama said...


Michelle Obama visited Penacook Community Center to highlight an example of a collaborative community effort in New Hampshire to promote health and wellness, good nutrition and physical activity. In 2009, Concord created the Capital Area Wellness Coalition, a group of people and organizations in neighboring towns working together to increase physical activity and healthy eating. The coalition includes the Chamber of Commerce, representatives from the school district, Concord Hospital, and other local leaders. Mrs. Obama was joined by New Hampshire First Lady Dr. Susan Lynch who advocates for healthy eating habits and regular exercise for New Hampshire's children and families.

Below is information about how childhood obesity prevention work is connected at national (Let's Move), state (HEAL NH), city/town (Capital Area Wellness Coalition) and neighborhood (Penacook Community Center) levels.

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