June 2016 News Around NH
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Save the Date: HEAL Annual Conference October 12th
HEAL Community Network Team Learns How to Advocate for Healthy Food in Schools
Spotlight on the Berlin HEAL story
Foundation for Healthy Communities Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Walking, biking to work linked to less body fat
Nashua Creates new 5-2-1-0 Magnet Goal Tracker
Take the 90-day challenge. Move a mile a day!
UNH Students are at Risk for Food Insecurity
Co-benefits of designing communities for active living
Upcoming Events


Complete Streets Multimodal Event Coming to a Community Near You

Varying Dates & locations


2016 HEAL Community Network Meetings

August 17, 2016
December 7, 2016

All meetings are held at the Foundation for Healthy Communities and are from 9:00am - 12:00 pm. 


HNH Foundation Annual Event
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
4:00 - 6:00pm
Red River Theater
Concord, NH


Creating Healthy Communities
 Workshop Series

Facilitation Challenges and Tips for Success 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
9:00 AM-3:00 PM 
Location: Foundation for Healthy Communities, Concord, NH 
Fee: $60 


New England Public Health Conference

June 16 - 17, 2016
The Colony Hotel - Kennebunkport, Maine
For more information, 

Partner Spotlight:

UNH Cooperative Extension

HEAL NH has been partnering with educators at UNH Cooperative Extension to provide you with an 8-part "Creating Healthy Communities" workshop series.

Their upcoming workshop on September 21st is titled "Facilitation Challenges and Tips for Success". Download the flyer.

We hope you can join us for this informative workshop. Click here for more information on the workshop series and for links to register.

Resource of the Month

The Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook

A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreational Professionals, and Health Practitioners

Click image to download

This workbook is intended as an outline and quick guide for incorporating public health considerations in the development of a park or trail.

2014-2019 Healthy People Healthy Places Plan


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being a great collaborator on these training opportunities.

HEAL's leadership on such learning events helps all of us to strengthen the work we do for NH communities and citizens. 

-Sharon Cowen, UNH Cooperative Extension
"Creating Healthy Communities" Workshop Series Educator
Save the Date: 
HEAL Annual Conference

Wednesday, October 12th
Church Landing at Mill Falls
Meredith, NH

Creating a Culture of Health

HEAL NH welcomes Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, as the Keynote speaker for this year's HEAL Conference on Wednesday October 12th.
Maya will describe the current culture of health in our country - one that focuses on sickness instead of wellness and on wealth instead of health. She will discuss the million dollar question - How do all people get the same opportunities to be healthy?

As "activists on the ground" participants will learn steps to ensure individuals and families have the means and opportunity to make healthy choices. 

Emphasis will be on approaches to successful HEAL policies that directly relate to improving equitable access to healthy foods and opportunities to be active.

A panel of New Hampshire experts will then share their reaction and help bridge Rockeymoore's vision to our local landscape. Afternoon workshops will follow.

Registration information will be sent out in August.
HEAL Community Network Team Learns How to Advocate for Healthy Food in Schools

The HEAL Community Network met in May to network, collaborate, and learn from one another the challenges and successes out in the field.

We hosted two special guest speakers, Doris Demers, Director of Food Services at Oyster River School District and Amy Cassidy, Director of Food Services for Nashua School District. They spoke to us about successes and challenges in Food Services as well as advice for those advocating for healthy food in schools. 

Visit our Community Network Homepage
to learn more and to download resources from this meeting.

Spotlight on the Berlin HEAL story: Success in Collaboration

Download the Berlin HEAL Case Study
NH Food Alliance featured the story about recent success of the Berlin HEAL coalition to repurpose a property on the corner of Mason and Granite Streets, demolishing a dilapidated apartment building to make room for a community garden and park in their monthly blog. 

This project was unique, because the HEAL partners located in Berlin, including representatives from recreation, housing, community planning, healthcare, schools, and others, were the ones who made the decision to start a community garden. 

Foundation for Healthy Communities Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Pictured left to right Steve Ahnen, President, New Hampshire Hospital Association; Shawn LaFrance, Executive Director, Foundation for Healthy Communities; and Mary Deveau, Chair, Foundation for Healthy Communities Board of Trustees address the attendees at the 20th Anniversary Event.
The Foundation for Healthy Communities celebrated its 20th Anniversary at an event held May 12th at the Bridges House, thanking all those who have contributed to the success of the organization. 

More than 70 people attended the celebration, representing board members, funders, colleagues and staff who have partnered with the Foundation over the past two decades to improve the health and health care in communities.  The Foundation's work to improve community health began with visionary leaders anticipating health care reform and opportunities in New Hampshire to work better together for health on behalf of patients and communities.
Walking, biking to work linked to less body fat: study

Safety & Health Magazine: 
Employees who ride a bike, walk or take public transportation to work have a lower body mass index and body fat percentage than people who drive to work, according to a study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Nashua Creates new 5-2-1-0 Magnet Goal Tracker

Keep track of your goals with this new magnetic tracker developed by the City of Nashua. Great paired with a dry erase marker to put on your fridge and circle your accomplishments. Click image to download.

Take the 90-day challenge. Move a mile a day!
The Governor's Council on Physical Activity and Health is proud to announce that registration for the 2016 90 Day Challenge is officially open! The 90 Day Challenge started on June 1st and ends on August 31st, but it's not to late to enroll!

Within a week of registering, you'll receive the 90 Day Challenge Passport in an email to print and keep track of each day you get at least 20 minutes of physical activity.
UNH Students are at Risk for Food Insecurity
Through their blog, NH Food Alliance highlights the research being done by UNH Student, Alana Davidson, who is currently conducting an independent research project on hunger issues among the UNH student population. 

Her ultimate goal being to develop resources to make UNH a hunger-free campus. 

Davidson says, "Since my discussions with the Governor's office and UNH leadership, a task force has been created at UNH to address this issue. We are currently working toward creating solutions for food insecure students that can be implemented beginning in the next academic year."

Co-benefits of designing communities for active living: an exploration of literature

To reverse the global epidemic of physical inactivity that is responsible for more than 5 million deaths per year, many groups recommend creating "activity-friendly environments." 

Such environments may have other benefits, beyond facilitating physical activity, but these potential co-benefits have not been well described. 

The purpose of the present paper is to explore a wide range of literature and conduct an initial summary of evidence on co-benefits of activity-friendly environments.


We hope you enjoy our newsletter and find it a helpful resource. Help us spread the word by this newsletter to colleagues who might be interested in learning about HEAL strategies and sharing information.   


Thank you for your partnership and continued support.  




Terry Johnson, Director

Healthy Eating Active Living NH




125 Airport Rd.

Concord, New Hampshire 03301


About HEAL

HEAL envisions a New Hampshire where all residents enjoy health and quality of life through healthy eating and active living.

Our core mission is to work in collaboration with our partners to inspire, advance and support policies, systems and environmental changes to promote healthy people in healthy places throughout New Hampshire.    


HEAL started in 2008 and is led by the Foundation for Healthy Communities, a non-profit New Hampshire organization focused on improving health and health care through innovative partnerships.


HEAL Funders

Funding and support for HEAL is provided by the HNH Foundation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Endowment for Health, NH Charitable Foundation and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.