August 2016 News Around NH
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Conference Registration to open August 15th
August HEAL Community Network Meeting features Plan4Health Nashua
August is NH Eat Local Month!
Budding Farm to School Project Growing in Nashua
Catalyzing Health Care Investment in Healthier Food Systems
Pastors are Preaching Health From the Pulpit in Black Churches
Congratulations HEAL Partner, Krystal Alpers for winning Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award!
USDA Announces Additional Efforts to Make School Environments Healthier
New Report Released: "What Works? Strategies to Improve Rural Health"
Upcoming Events


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

RSVP by Friday, 
September 9
or call 603-229-3260


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 


August 2016

Partner Spotlight:

Nashua Regional Planning Commission

The Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) has been a long-time HEAL partner and state leader in integrating health into community planning. The NRPC has been a valuable partner on the Plan4Health Nashua and Nashua HEAL projects. At the state level, the NRPC and HEAL serve on the NH DOT Transportation Alternatives Program Advisory Committee and Safe Routes to School Statewide Advisory Committee. The NRPC and HEAL are also partners on the NH Farm to School Beacon Communities initiative in Nashua.

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  All month long, we hope to inspire you to eat more locally grown, raised and made foods, meet the farmers, growers and chefs behind your food and learn new skills that keep you eating locally throughout the year." 

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Conference registration 
to open August 15th

Attend the 2016 Annual HEAL NH Conference

"Creating a Culture of Health"

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

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions
HEAL Welcomes Keynote Speaker, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, president and CEO of Global Policy Solutions.

The HEAL Conference serves as a gathering to celebrate, learn, and engage with people in New Hampshire working to promote and support equitable access to healthy foods and safe places to play and be active.

With this meeting we will discuss what it means to create a culture of health in New Hampshire through engaging partners, advocating for change, and learning from successful initiatives.

August HEAL Community Network Meeting features Plan4Health Nashua

Join us at our next meeting:

August 17
9am - 12pm
Foundation for Healthy Communities
125 Airport Road,  Concord NH

At this meeting we are featuring "Plan for Health Nashua: A collaborative project integrating planning and public health where we live, learn, work, and play". It is presented by: Kim Adie, Nashua YMCA of Greater Nashua; Ryan Friedman, Nashua Regional Planning Commission; and Michelle Morel, Morel Communications.

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. 

Contact Beth if you are interested in attending... we always welcome new communities to join us!

Click here  for more information on the HEAL Community Network.
August is NH Eat Local Month!

Throughout the month of August, sixty-five partners throughout the state are coming together to highlight New Hampshire Eat Local Month - a month-long celebration of local food and New Hampshire farmers and producers.

NH Eat Local Month also coincides with National Farmers' Market Week (August 7­-13), honoring farmers' markets all across America.

Budding Farm to School Project Growing in Nashua

Photo by Tina Forbes
Nashua Telegraph
Nashua Telegraph: Promoting nutrition education, access to local food and student gardens in city schools, the Nashua Farm to School project takes another step toward setting final objectives. Nashua was one of three "Beacon Communities" in NH, selected to pilot a Farm to School consortium program over the next two years.

Catalyzing Health Care Investment in Healthier Food Systems

Health Care Without Harm is undertaking a national study of non-profit hospitals' community benefit practices to improve healthy food access and reduce risk of diet-related disease.

There is now a powerful new opportunity for non-profit hospitals to collaborate with other stakeholders to implement community health improvement plans that address social determinants of health such as housing, environmental and safety conditions, and the availability of quality, affordable food.

Pastors are Preaching Health From the Pulpit in Black Churches

Organizer Sandy Kimbrough, right front, in Pennington, N.J.'s Chickadee Creek Farm greenhouse, addressed Black women clergy at the Females of Faith Farm Fellowship -SUBMITTED PHOTO, Philadelphia Tribune The Black Clergy Wellness Initiative wants the flock to hear about diet, diabetes, and other concerns in sermons.

They are extending the nutrition and farm-based education many kids are receiving in school to adults and seniors. The idea is to reach them where they are already a rapt audience and where they are already eating: church.

African Americans have the highest rates of obesity in the U.S.; more than half of all African American women are obese.  Church meals, often eaten together, are opportunities for pastors to lead by example. 

The Philadelphia Tribune describes it as a "push-out" model that Sandy Kimbrough, of Trenton, N.J., has begun to test as part of her Black Clergy Wellness initiative called, CHANGING THE COURSE OF BLACK HISTORY - TOWARD A CULTURE OF WELLNESS: Facts, Fitness, Foods, Farms.

Congratulations HEAL Champion, Krystal Alpers for winning Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award!


Tuesday, Sept 20, 2016; 4-6pm
Red River Theatres, Concord, NH

  • Keynote Speaker Bill Brown, MA on Adverse Childhood Experiences: Reducing the Impact and Occurrence of Toxic Stress in Childhood
  • Presentation of Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award to winner Krystal Alpers, Franklin NH Parks & Rec Dept.

RSVP by Friday, September 9

email or call 603-229-3260
USDA Announces Additional Efforts to Make School Environments Healthier

In July, the Obama Administration announced  four final rules  that implement important provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) building on the progress schools across the country have already made in the improved nutritional quality of meals served in schools. 

As a key component of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to raise a healthier generation, the rules will ensure that children have access to healthy snacks and that nutrition standards for the foods marketed and served in schools are consistent. The rules will also promote integrity across the school meals programs.

New Report Released: "What Works? Strategies to Improve Rural Health"

This year the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps found that rural areas are lagging behind urban places. While rates of premature death are improving in urban areas, they are getting worse for rural populations. So what can rural areas do to reverse this trend? Our new report outlines evidence-informed and innovative strategies to improve health for rural populations.

With more than 65 policy, systems, and environmental changes that can be made in rural areas, "What Works? Strategies to Improve Rural Health" can help rural communities take action to address their local challenges.


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.