May 2016 News Around NH
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Save the Date: HEAL Annual Conference October 12th
What happens when the funding ends? In Nashua, the work continues!
Join us at our upcoming Community Network Meeting - Focus on Healthy Food in Schools
Menu of Change: Healthy Food in Health Care Report
Plan4Health Nashua chosen to receive a NADO 2016 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award
Alliance Unveils New 2016 National Physical Activity Plan
Is your community ready to take action?
Upcoming Events


Complete Streets Multimodal Event Coming to a Community Near You

Varying Dates & locations


2016 HEAL Community Network Meetings

May 11, 2016
August 17, 2016
December 7, 2016

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


Creating Healthy Communities
 Workshop Series

Strengthen your Facilitation Skills 

Thursday & Friday
May 19 & 20, 2016 
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM 

Highland Center, Crawford Notch, Hart's Location, NH 
Fee: $120 

Community Readiness Assessment Training: Is your community ready to take action?

Thursday, June 2, 2016
9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Location: Foundation for Healthy Communities
Fee: $30

New England Public Health Conference

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

Partner Spotlight:

New Hampshire Public Health Association

The mission of NH Public Health Association (NHPHA) is to help strengthen the state's public health system to improve health, prevent disease, and reduce costs for all. 

HEAL director, Terry Johnson partners with the NHPHA as he continues to serve on their Board of Directors. 

Terry brings a voice to the NHPHA for policy approaches to addressing obesity and chronic disease through increasing equitable access to options for getting around; safe places to play and be active; and healthy food in New Hampshire. 

HEAL supports the NHPHA to integrate public health with other sectors, including community planning, transportation, recreation and food systems.

2014-2019 Healthy People Healthy Places Plan


Stronger Networks 

State-Level Change

Equitable Access


   Leaders change policies; Communities change leaders.

-Beverly Doolan 
Program Coordinator
Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services

If you attended our 2015 conference and submitted your 6-word story, you should have recently received your reminder email from Beth. We wanted to share one of our favorites with you... We hope you are just as inspired now as you were at the conference.
Save the Date: 
HEAL Annual Conference

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

Our planning committee is working hard to bring together a compelling annual conference for you. Much more exciting and detailed information will be coming very soon! Stay tuned...
What happens when the funding ends? In Nashua, the work continues!

Plan4Health Nashua  illustrates how community planning and public health have common ground when promoting policies that ensure safe and equitable access to physical activity and healthy eating. 

The project has also demonstrated that community members from all sectors will come together ­- from elected officials to a baseball team - because they care about public health, economic growth and livability.

Furthermore, in Nashua and in many other HEAL communities, the great work has continued well after the original funding period.

Join us at our upcoming Community Network Meeting - Focus on Healthy Food in Schools

Members of the HEAL Community Network gather at a quarterly meeting
May 11, 2016
9:00am - 12:00
Foundation for Healthy Communities
125 Airport Road
Concord, NH

We have two special guests attending this session: Doris Demers, Director of Food Services at Oyster River School District and Amy Cassidy, Director of Food Services for Nashua School District. They will be speaking to us about successes and challenges in Food Services as well as advice for those advocating for healthy food in schools. 

The HEAL Community Network is made up of communities throughout New Hampshire that are advancing strategies in the Healthy People Healthy Places Plan. The group meets quarterly to network, collaborate, and learn from one another the challenges and successes out in the field. 
Menu of Change: Healthy Food in Health Care Report
Walk into the cafe of any one of hundreds of healthcare facilities today and you'll be offered a selection of healthy meals made from fresh, local and organic ingredients. 

This monumental change has resulted from the efforts of hundreds of people: food service directors, procurement officers, doctors, dieticians, community organizers, policy makers and the dedicated staff of Healthy Food in Health Care a national program of HEAL Partner, Health Care Without Harm.

Plan4Health Nashua chosen to receive a NADO 2016 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award
Plan4Health Nashua will be recognized at the June National Rural Transportation Peer Learning Conference for its successful efforts to integrate planning and public health where people live, learn, work and play. 

The 2016 Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards recognize the outstanding work of regional organizations on a diverse set of planning, programming, and project delivery related to several modes of transportation.

Congratulations, Nashua!
Alliance Unveils New 2016 National Physical Activity Plan

Download the plan!
An alliance of medical associations, fitness groups, and federal agencies has updated its 2010 National Physical Activity Plan to try to get Americans to move more.

The new Plan is a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives designed to increase physical activity in all segments of the U.S. population. 

The Plan aims to foster a national culture that supports physically active lifestyles. Its ultimate purpose is to improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enhance quality of life.

Is your community ready to take action?

Across New Hampshire, communities, organizations, and groups are partnering to take action on their communities' priority health issues; action that requires working collectively, thinking differently, and building the skills and capacity to accomplish this work.

HEAL NH has put together a workshop series designed to strengthen skill and leadership capacity for creating partnerships, implementing policy, and changing systems so NH communities have the opportunity for "healthy people in healthy places." 

Who is this designed for? Anyone involved in initiatives, projects, or coalitions focused on community health planning, promotion, or education.

Join us for workshop #3 in our  Creating Healthy Communities workshop series:

Community Readiness Assessment Training: Is your community ready to take action? 

Thursday, June 2, 2016
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
Location: Foundation for Healthy Communities 
Fee: $30 

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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.