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

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.

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