November 2016 News Around NH
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Capitalizing on the active living lifestyle
Active Recreation Report
Did you receive your postcard?
Fighting Elderly Obesity
Fighting Elderly Obesity
Concord Announces Official Street Opening of the Main Street Complete Streets Project
Get Your Community in Step with a 2016 Micro Grant - Apply Today!
10 NEW Physical Activity Breaks
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. 


Workshop #5
"Shhhhh, listen...It's the community talking!" 
Creating Healthy Communities Workshop Series: Effective practices of community engagement and involvement

December 8, 2016
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Foundation for Healthy Communities


The Changing Face of Wellness

Are you in charge of wellness for your employees? Then this conference is for you! 

November 15, 2016
8:00am - 3:15pm
Concord Hospital 
Center for Health Promotion


Team Up, Take Action: Improving Population Health Together
November 15, 2016
The Event Center
Nashua, NH
7:30am - 3:30pm


NH Food Alliance Statewide Gathering

November 15, 2016
Mountain View Grand 
Resort and Hotel
Whitefield, NH
10:00am - 3:00pm

Partner Spotlight:

Working with area businesses, to create a culture of wellness for everyone is their mission. They will create a wellness program to support business's needs and interests.

They are hosting an upcoming conference on the 15th for healthcare and workplace wellness professionals.

2014-2019 Healthy People Healthy Places Plan


Stronger Networks 

State-Level Change

Equitable Access


  "We want to help improve the built environment so that downtown businesses can benefit from pedestrians and bicyclists and feel confident about opening in Derry."  

-Will Stewart, President of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and HEAL NH Leadership Council member
Capitalizing on the active living lifestyle  

The Grind Rail Trail Café attracts customers with healthy food and award-winning coffee

Melanie Davis and Carmel Shea of The Grind Rail Trail Cafe
Melanie Davis and Carmel Shea are both active users of the Derry Rail Trail. A few years ago, after a bike ride, they noticed there were no real options to relax, grab some healthy food, or just hang out with friends over a coffee near the trail.

They decided to open  The Grind Rail Trail Café on the Derry Rail Trail in April 2014 to fill that void. It turns out that betting on active living and good, nutritious food was a healthy business decision and they began turning a profit within months of opening.

According to Davis, "We opened right on the rail trail hoping that there were other people like us who would appreciate a fun place to be with family and friends, enjoy some healthy food, grab a cup of coffee and feel comfortable wearing their biking or cross-country ski gear. We were welcomed immediately. The response was overwhelming!"

HEAL NH releases new active recreation report

Findings connect health, economic growth to parks in 10 communities

For over a year, the HEAL NH Active Recreation Workgroup conducted an inventory of public recreation spaces in 10 of New Hampshire's highest need communities. 

The resulting report, " Recreation Access in NH Communities," was released last month.

The first of its kind in New Hampshire, this report inventories publicly accessible park and recreation spaces in 10 communities including Berlin, Claremont, Colebrook, Concord, Hampton, Haverhill, Manchester, Nashua, Salem, and Winchester.

Did you receive your postcard?

Attendees at our 2016 Annual Conference all completed a postcard at the end of the conference - answering the question " As a result of what you have heard today, what is one goal you can establish to create a Culture of Health?" They then had to determine "What is the first step you can take toward that goal in the next 3 weeks?"

How did you do?

Keep in touch with us, and let us know how we can support you with achieving your goals.
Shhhh, listen... It's the Community Talking! - Register Now!

Registration is now open for workshops #5, 6 and 7 in our 8-part series. This workshop series is 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." 

Workshop #5
"Shhhhh, listen...It's the community talking!" 
Effective practices of community engagement and involvement
Thursday, December 8, 2016
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Fighting Elderly Obesity

New grant money is allowing Dr. John Batsis with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to use technology to take on obesity in elderly people around our region. 

Concord announces official street opening TODAY!

Main Street Complete Streets Project is complete

Everyone is invited to the Main Street Project Celebration and Official Street Opening TODAY, November 10 at 4 p.m.!

A brief ceremony will be held at City Plaza (in front of the State House) featuring U.S. Department of Transportation Undersecretary Blair Anderson and the 150-member Concord High Marching Band. Mayor Bouley will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

Get Your Community in Step with a 2016 Micro Grant - Apply Today!

America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce the second year of Micro Grant Funding. This program will award grantees up to $1,500.00 for projects related to increasing walking and walkability. Funded projects will increase walking and benefits of walkability in communities.

10 NEW Physical Activity Breaks
Brought to You by America's Healthiest Schools  

School leaders from America's Healthiest Schools gathered together in Washington, DC last month for the 2016 Leaders Summit. During a workshop, they were challenged to create classroom energizers using basic school supplies such as markers, sticky notes and tape.

Have fun exploring these creative ideas from America's Healthiest Schools.
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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.