July 2016 News Around NH
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Join Forces to Create a Culture of Health
New Programs Opening Access to Fresh, Healthy Foods in Franklin
Lebanon Plays!
Elm City Rotary Club Recognized For Healthy Kids Mission
Find Summer Meals in Your Community with USDA Mapping Tool
Developing Young Entrepreneurs in School Gardens
Great Places in America - Suggest your neighborhood, street or public space today!
Upcoming Events


Complete Streets Multimodal Event Coming to a Community Near You

Varying Dates & locations

Friday July 15 - Bristol
Friday July 22 - Somersworth
Friday July 29th - Laconia
Friday August 5 - Lebanon


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 


August 2016

Partner Spotlight:

During the summer months, there is a vibrant farmers market community throughout the state.

Resource of the Month

Meeting Well: A Tool for Planning Healthy Meetings & Events

Presented by the American Cancer Society

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This Meeting Well guidebook can help your organization plan meetings and events with good health in mind. From small working-lunch meetings to major company functions, this tool offers healthy ideas that will energize meeting participants and show them how easy it can be to live a healthier life. By using the resources available to you within the guidebook, you demonstrate your company's commitment to helping your employees stay well.
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    We know that kids that are active outside playing in play structures get to enjoy the activity of being healthy. 
So, we don't tell them go outside and exercise, we tell them go outside and play!"

-Paul Coats, Director of Recreation & Parks, City of Lebanon
Highlighting the "Lebanon Plays" initiative
Join Forces to Create 
a Culture of Health

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.
What does it mean to join forces to Create a Culture of Health? This video from RWJF sums it up for us... Attend this year's HEAL Conference so we can all join forces!  

Registration information will be sent out in August.
New Programs Opening Access to Fresh, Healthy Foods in Franklin

Concord Monitor - July 8, 2016 by Elodie Reed, Monitor Staff: 

Riding the bus to the Franklin Farmer's Market for the first time, 91-year-old Gertrude Josselyn said she was looking forward to buying some fresh greens.

"I haven't had vegetables since my brother died," she said, "in 1992."

Plus, she added, "My doctor says I don't eat enough greens - he says they're supposed to keep me young!"

Josselyn was with a group of ladies from Senior Haven East housing community, many of whom had never been to their city's farmer's market, which is in its sixth year.

They were able to go this week, though, thanks to a bus ride from TRIP (Twin Rivers Intergenerational Program) Senior Program Center, which is offering a free, scheduled route for the first time.

A grant from Franklin Savings Bank and a partnership with the Belknap-Merrimack County Community Action Program allowed the bus to be offered this year.

Lebanon Plays! Where Does your Family Like to Play BEYOND Your Neighborhood?

HNH Foundation features a video from Lebanon Recreation & Parks:

This is the next step in the City of Lebanon's focus on providing families with playgrounds and play spaces that are specifically designed for children ages 0 - 5. With support from the HNH Foundation, "Lebanon Plays' continues the work of "Safe Routes to Play" which seeks to improve the safety and ease of biking and walking to recreational areas for young children and their families. 

Additional videos on the HNH Foundation website document how stakeholders in Lebanon are helping families get from where they live to where they play. 

Elm City Rotary Club Recognized For Healthy Kids Mission
The "Follow ME" Sneaker Project through Elm City Rotary provided 875 second graders in Cheshire County with a new pair of sneakers.

Keene - Sentinel Source - July 6, 2016: 

The Keene Elm City Rotary Club, now in its 26th year, was recently recognized for its efforts to support youth well-being through collaboration with other area organizations by the New Hampshire Governor's Council on Physical Activity.

"We want to reach every child in Cheshire County through our network of nonprofits and other organizations," Elm City Rotary President Rudy Fedrizzi said in a news release.

Some of the club's activities related to wellness include the annual Kids DeMar Program for area elementary students, the Super Seniors DeMar Program for people over the age of 70, the "Follow ME!" Sneaker Project that this year provided 875 2nd-graders in Cheshire County with a new pair of sneakers, and the Dictionary Project that gives hundreds of 3rd-graders their own dictionary each year.

Find Summer Meals in Your Community with USDA Mapping Tool

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session - including many in New Hampshire and neighboring Maine and Vermont.

Click here to use the USDA mapping tool to find a site near you.
Developing Young Entrepreneurs in School Gardens

Farmtoschool.org: When schools let out for summer, many garden coordinators look for creative ways to keep school gardens thriving. Tapping into the enthusiasm, creativity and efforts of high schoolers can be a great way to maintain gardens when classes are out, and summer programs are an opportunity for students to gain valuable professional and entrepreneurial experience. From leadership to marketing and accounting to customer service, programs that hire students to tend school gardens offer countless benefits - for garden plants and young adults, both!  

Gather inspiration from this roundup of media stories highlighting several models of youth entrepreneurship programs in school gardens: 

Great Places in America - Suggest your neighborhood, street or public space today!

Every year the American Planning Association honors neighborhoods, streets and public spaces that have added value to communities. Click here to view a map that shows the 245 places recognized since the program began in 2007. Congrats to our neighbor to the south (Massachusetts) for scoring three recognitions!

Know a great neighborhood, street, or public space?  Suggest it today! APA accepts suggestions year-round.


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.