Receive up to $5,000 per school for seed money for initial efforts. Ideas range from bicycle and pedestrian safety programs; incentive prizes such as helmets, pedometers, and water bottles for participating youngsters; healthy snacks for children and volunteers; and costs for publicizing an event.



BERLIN - Two high-tech commercial greenhouses expected to produce 15 million heads of lettuce and eight million pounds of tomatoes a year were approved unanimously by the Berlin Planning Board.

From greenhouse to table in one day.



HEAL NH will provide funding, training and other resources to four New Hampshire cities and towns. The grants were awarded to help communities identify and implement municipal strategies.





Anyone involved in intiatives, projects, or coalitions focused on community health planning, promotion or education are our target audience for our June 2nd training - join us! Learn the Community Readiness Model to maximize impact in your community.


This two-day workshop on May 19th & 20th will help you develop skills and strategies to more effectively and efficiently facilitate work groups, community groups, coalitions, and collaborations. Register online today! 

The City of Manchester, NH has been chosen as a finalist for the fourth annual RWJF Culture of Health Prize given by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Keene Sentinel and Healthy Monadnock 2020 will collaborate on a 12-week program aimed at helping local people make measurable improvements in their health. Participants are tackling personal goals to improve their overall health.

Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) NH has released its HEAL/Healthy People Healthy Places Plan Outcomes which includes key accomplishments of network partners in policy, systems, and environmental changes between 2009 and 2014 in the areas of active transportation, recreation, and healthy food. The report also includes the progress made on 2014-2019 target outcomes.

Overall, from 2009 through 2014 the HEAL NH Community Network has leveraged over $3 million towards local HEAL Community and Active Transportation grantees. These HEAL partners are implementing strategies to improve equitable access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities in geographic areas encompassing over 850,000 NH residents (or 63% of the population).

Policy Highlights:

  • HEAL's Active Living Coordinator, Nik Coates, is the past chair and a current member of the NHDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Advisory Committee.  This committee works to advance policies and implement strategies that support active transportation in NH.
  • NH Farm to Plate law enacted which officially announces that local agriculture and fishing are vital interests to the state and future legislation.

Environmental Highlights:

  • HEAL Walkability Bikability Assessment released and is currently being used by 3 HEAL communities to create environments more supportive of active lifestyles.
  • Healthy People Healthy Places Active Recreation committee is conducting a recreation inventory to identify opportunities and challenges to accessing recreation in NH's highest need communities. 
  • NH Department of Health and Human Services first Municipal Survey is completed to better understand municipal environments as they relate to HEAL.

Systems Highlights:


  • HEAL principles adopted in Granite State Future plans.
  • HEAL participates in Food Solutions New England Summit.
Cornell Study shows kids at schools with gardens were moderately physically active at school for 10 more minutes a week than before their schools had gardens.

Doctors at the Boston Medical Center can now prescribe $5 bike memberships to their low-income patients with a Prescribe-A-Bike prescription.  Boston is the first American city to launch a service linking medicine to public bike shares.

Coos County Family Health Services will begin recruiting families in April for a 1-year demonstration program to combat childhood obesity and improve wellness in the Berlin-Gorham area 

Last week, Claremont received a copy of a letter stating that motorized vehicles are not permitted on the city’s portion of the rail trail because federal money was used to build the trail on the former railroad bed in the 1990s. 


Dozens of ready and willing walkers gathered at Nashua City Hall just before noon Friday to participate in the final event of Nashua’s observance of National Public Health Week this year. The walkers and the knot of bicyclists who joined them came together next to a white tent at the Heritage Rail Trail.

The Southern California city of Baldwin Park, a working-class community, predominantly Latino, saw an 8 percent reduction in overweight children from 2005 to 2010, based on school fitness data for grades 5, 7 and 9.

Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) is seeking a consultant with Health Impact Assessment expertise to provide Health Impact Assessment training and support to NRPC staff as they conduct the two Health Impact Assessments

An initiative called Healthy Kids Out of School worked with some of the country's leading out-of-school-time organizations to create a unified set of principles around healthy eating and physical activity so that children will hear consistent, healthy messages, across out-of-school-time programs...


At work, employees are often presented with a choice between taking the stairs and taking an elevator. Choosing the stairs instead of the elevator is a quick way for your employees to add physical activity to their day. The Capitol Area Wellness Coalition began a stairway pilot program in five buildings for four employers in Concord last November.

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) hosted its 8th Annual Conference on March 20, 2013 in Concord, NH. The event, attended by over 200 people, addressed the impact of health care reform and how it affects the delivery of cancer care.

Does our current transportation infrastructure help or hinder the development of a vibrant economy and a healthy population? Join the conversation taking place around the state April 30 through May 16, 2013.



They could have had a food fight. But a group of New Hampshire middle school students unhappy with their lunch options staged a silent protest in the cafeteria, instead. School officials said they were happy to listen— especially because the students took a mature approach...




The Souhegan School Nutrition Department in Amherst, NH has completed the installation of a new refrigerated vending machine that distributes meals and healthy snacks using student lunch accounts.

With children in some of New Jersey's poorest cities being encouraged to eat their fruits and vegetables, a Rutgers University research team will follow 1,200 kids to see how changes in how they play and what they eat can help policymakers carry out successful strategies to battle the nation's childhood obesity epidemic.

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