April 2017 News Around NH
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Upcoming Events
Berlin OKs High-Tech Greenhouses
Prevention Institute is coming to NH! Join us for our workshop April 27-28
The 500 Cities Project - Local Data for Better Health
Resources to Help Schools with the Final Local Wellness Policy Rule
HEAL Community Network Meeting - Join us May 17th
Participants are Buzzing with Ideas After Attending Workshop Six
Safe Routes to School Funds Available
Mirogrant Supporting Disability Inclusion Strategies Available
Upcoming Events

HEAL Community Network Meetings

May 17, 2017
August 16, 2017
December 6, 2017

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

Community Engagement Academy

Strategies to engage people, develop leadership and improve your community.

May 5, 2017
Discover Portsmouth, Portsmouth, NH

Collaboration Multiplier: Building Effective Partnerships for Catalyzing Change

Creating Healthy Communities Workshop Series: Leverage partnerships and expertise among your community.

April 27, 2017: 9am - 3pm 

April 28, 2017: 9am - 12pm 
Foundation for Healthy Communities

Partner Spotlight:

Prevention Institute brings cutting-edge research, practice, and analysis to today's pressing health and safety concerns. Determined to achieve equity, health, and safety for all, to improve community environments equitably, and to serve as a focal point for primary prevention practice, Prevention Institute asks what can be done in the first place, before people get sick or injured. 

How healthy is your county?

The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities. 

Click here to find out how healthy your county is and explore factors that drive your health


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Thanks so much for a great training.  It has helped me to reframe my work."

You provided a lot of solid practical practices to devise and communicate strategy."

-What participants are saying about our 
HEAL "Creating Healthy Communities" workshop series
Berlin OKs High-Tech Greenhouses
A section of one of the proposed greenhouses. 
Photo by Chris Jensen

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.

About 80 fulltime workers will be needed and they'll be employed year around.

The produce, to be sold throughout New England, will be picked when ripe and will be on a store's shelves the next day.

Source: Indepthnh.org
Prevention Institute is coming to NH! Join us for our workshop April 27-28

Workshop #7
Collaboration Multiplier:
Building Effective Partnerships for Catalyzing Change

Thursday, April 27, 2017 : 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM & 
Friday, April 28, 2017 : 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (lunch included)
Location: Foundation for Healthy Communities, Concord, NH 
Registration Fee: $90*
*Scholarships Available

Through community case studies, facilitated discussion, and interactive activities using Prevention Institute's Developing Effective Coalitions: An Eight Step Guide and Collaboration Multiplier frameworks, participants will learn how to: build buy-in for shared work, make the best use of people's time and collective efforts, develop action-oriented joint strategies, and sustain effective collaborations over time.
The CDC's 500 Cities Project provides city- and census tract-level small area estimates for chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes, and clinical preventive service use for the largest 500 cities in the United States... Nashua and Manchester included. 

These small area estimates will allow cities and local health departments to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related variables in their jurisdictions, and assist them in planning public health interventions.

Resources to Help Schools with the Final Local Wellness Policy Rule

Most school districts will need to review and update their existing wellness policies and many will need to strengthen the implementation of their policies by June 30th.

To assist with implementation of local school wellness policies, USDA Food and Nutrition Service has established a website that provides information about the federal requirements, local process, technical assistance, tools and resources, monitoring, and funding a local school wellness policy.
HEAL Community Network Meeting - Join us on May 17

Our Community Network meets quarterly to network and collaborate from 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Foundation for Healthy Communities in Concord. 
Our network partners collaborate at a recent meeting

The HEAL Community Network is made up of communities throughout New Hampshire that are advancing strategies in the  Healthy People Healthy Places Plan .

RSVP  if you plan to attend. We always welcome new communities to join us!

Participants are Buzzing with Ideas After Attending the Sixth Workshop in our Series

Participants use a planning tool as they think about campaign strategy development
A total of 20 individuals representing 11 communities and 16 different organizations from across NH recently attended the sixth workshop in our Creating Healthy Communities series.   

Presented by Nancy Vaughan and Melissa Bernardin of the American Heart Association, this workshop introduced participants to campaign planning tools and strategies to engage their respective communities in advocacy and policy change at the local level. 

Funding Opportunities
Safe Routes to School Funds Available

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.

Learn more about these funds - visit the SRTSNH site and scroll down to the section titled  Startup, Planning Grant Applications Accepted at Any Time
Mirogrant supporting disability inclusion strategies available 

America Walks and the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability - Lakeshore Foundation are excited to announce a new micro-grant program. This program will award grantees up to $1,500.00 for projects related to supporting disability inclusion strategies that make healthier choices the easier choices for all people in areas where they may live, learn, work, play, pray, and receive care.

Visit their website to watch a webinar and to apply for the funding by April 28.
Upcoming Events
Bicycle Safety Featured at May 3 Event at Speedway
Kids on bicycles will replace professional drives and fast cars at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Wednesday, May 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Safe Kids New Hampshire, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and Speedway Charities, the event will include bike and helmet safety checks, healthy snacks, and educational handouts. Families are invited to bicycle on the track. Download Flyer

The Wellness Connection at New London Hospital hosts Healthy Aging Conference June 6


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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 an initiative of HNH Foundation and managed 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.