December 2016 News Around NH
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Hinsdale Creates Safer Streets for Residents
Join us! HEAL NH Community Network Meeting, December 15th
HEAL Workshop participants learn how to effectively engage their community
Special Issue Brief: Obesity Rates Among WIC Children
The Granite State Rail Trail: Southern Route
Troy Creates Safer Streets for Residents
Defining and Measuring a Culture of Health
Eating healthy, local food all year long!.
Upcoming Events


HEAL Community Network Meetings

December 15, 2016
February 15, 2017
May 17, 2017

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


"Setting the Stage for Policy Change in Your Community" 

Creating Healthy Communities Workshop Series:  Advocacy strategies, skills and tools for local initiatives

March 8, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Foundation for Healthy Communities

Partner Spotlight:

Join an Action Team!

They are now seeking people to join one of five Action Teams (Education, Market Development, Food Access, Land Resources, and Fisheries) that will coordinate implementation of these specific actions and advance the Enterprise Viability Initiative (EVI)

To read more about the Action Teams and the work they will be advancing, visit their website.
Resource of the Month:

This newsletter is highlighting great stories related to HEAL-affiliated Beacon Communities.

Each issue will feature farm to school news, stories, and events from three Beacon Communities: Colebrook, Nashua, and Somersworth. 
2014-2019 Healthy People Healthy Places Plan


Stronger Networks 

State-Level Change

Equitable Access


  "Complete Streets will give Hinsdale a stepping stone to make its roads safer."  

-Kathryn Lynch, Town of Hinsdale Community Development Coordinator
Hinsdale Creates Safer Streets for Residents  

Town Adopts "Complete Streets" Policy

Town selectman recently passed a "Complete Streets" policy, which will now consider all of Hinsdale's 4,046 residents - and not just motorized vehicles - when improving its roadways.

Hinsdale is the fourth town in the Monadnock Region to adopt a Complete Streets policy; Keene, Swanzey and Troy also have Complete Streets policies in place.

Join us! HEAL NH Community Network Meeting, December 15th

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. 

Our next meeting is December 15, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00pm at the Foundation for Healthy Communities in Concord. 

Our featured speaker will be  Melissa Bernardin, Campaign Coordinator, Voices for Healthy Kids, American Heart Association.  Melissa will present the work being unfolded in NH and outline the ways that you, your partners, and the residents in your community can become involved and add your voice!

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

HEAL Workshop participants learn how to effectively engage their community

In the 5th of 8 workshops in our "Creating Healthy Communities" Workshop Series, presenters Molly Donovan and Sue Cagle from the UNH Cooperative Extension worked with participants to develop and implement a targeted plan for community engagement.   

Our workshop series continues into 2017 with workshops on advocacy strategies, collaboration multipliers, and evaluating community change.

Special Issue Brief: Obesity Rates Among WIC Children

Trust for America's Health: Obesity rates declined in 31 states and increased in four states among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) from 2010 to 2014, according to a study published in  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report  by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Agriculture.   

How did New Hampshire do? NH rates remain stable at 15.1%. 

The Granite State Rail Trail: Southern Route

A comprehensive look at the Rail Trail projects from Salem to Manchester
Salem Rail Trail by McKinnon's Market, WMUR

WMURThe Southern section of the Granite State Rail Trail will stretch over 23 miles from the Methuen border to the existing Riverwalk in Manchester. Right now, the longest paved section runs 8.6 miles from Salem to Hood Park in Derry. 

The following is a breakdown of each NH town, and where they stand with their rail trail projects.

Troy Creates Safer Streets for Residents

Healthy Monadnock Blog:  When you consider that those who live in small towns do not typically have in-town access to exercise facilities - such as a YMCA, a skate park, bicycle trails - it makes sense for towns to create an environment for families, children, the elderly, to have safe places to walk, exercise and socialize.

This was exactly the thinking behind Troy's recent adoption of a "Complete Streets" policy. The tiny town now has a policy in place to consider all of its 2,145 residents - not just motorized vehicles - when improving roadways.

Defining and Measuring a Culture of Health

Health Affairs special issue explores how health and social issues intersect.

RWJF News:  In 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced a vision of working with others to build a Culture of Health that gives everyone in America an equal opportunity to live the healthiest life they can.

Nearly two years later, a special issue of Health Affairs features early findings from research on key factors that contribute to a Culture of Health, such as the interconnection of health and social issues; the link between population well-being and life expectancy; and collaboration across the many different sectors which play a critical role in achieving better health for all.

Eating healthy, local food all year long!
The NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food has published a growing list of winter farmers markets throughout the state so you can enjoy nutritious food from local farmers this winter. 

The list also indicates which markets participate in the Granite State Market Match program of the Nutrition Incentives Network. Customers using SNAP benefits will have their expenses matched dollar for dollar at these markets. A $10 match cap/market may exist at some locations (spend up to $10 using SNAP and get up to $10 match for a total of $20).
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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.