October 2016 News Around NH
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Upcoming Events
Nationally Acclaimed Health Policy Leader Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Keynotes HEAL NH Conference
Manchester Wins National "Culture of Health Prize"
Foundation Honors Benjamin Frost with Distinguished Innovator's Award
2016 Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award honors HEAL Partner
Participants Complete 90-day Challenge
Get Your Community in Step with a 2016 Micro Grant - Apply Today!
Funding Opportunity: EPA Offers Assistance to Help Rural Communities Revitalize Downtowns
Dartmouth-Hitchcock To Research Obesity Among Elderly People
Upcoming Events


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


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. 


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:

New Hampshire Health & Equity Partnership

The NH H&EP seeks to strengthen health services and educate the public to build equitable, healthier communities.

As we all work together to achieve health and equity in New Hampshire, they are working to coordinate our efforts.

Join them at an upcoming workgroup meeting - contact Nathalie Ahyi for more information.
2014-2019 Healthy People Healthy Places Plan


Stronger Networks 

State-Level Change

Equitable Access


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 Build demand for a Culture of Health. Tell your story! Inspire others to do the same thing. 

-Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, HEAL NH 2016 Conference Keynote
Nationally Acclaimed Health Policy Leader Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Keynotes HEAL NH Conference 

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions
Dr. Rockeymoore's keynote highlighted how to effectively promote and support changes in policies, systems and environments to provide equitable opportunities for people to live a healthy life. 

Following the keynote, responses from a panel of New Hampshire leaders bridged Maya's ideas to communities throughout the state. 

The HEAL NH annual conference then featured 8 workshops with more than 24 expert speakers speaking to the conference's theme "Creating a Culture of Health".

HEAL NH 2016 Conference attracts more than 130 from around the state
Manchester Wins National "Culture of Health Prize"

Congratulations Manchester! What an accomplishment.

They are being honored for their efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Manchester is just one of 7 other cities and towns from across the country to win this coveted award out of over 200 applicants.

Foundation Honors Benjamin Frost with Distinguished Innovator's Award

Pictured Left to Right: Terry Johnson, Director, HEAL NH; Mary DeVeau, Chair, Foundation for Healthy Communities Board of Trustees; Benjamin Frost, Director, Legal & Public Affairs, NH Housing Finance Authority; and Shawn LaFrance, Executive Director, Foundation for Healthy Communities.
The Foundation for Healthy Communities recently honored Benjamin Frost, Director of Legal and Public Affairs at the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, with its distinguished Innovator's Award for his support, commitment and dedication to the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL NH) initiative during the Foundation's annual meeting at the Omni Mount Washington Resort.
2016 Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award honors HEAL Partner

Pictured left to right: HNH Foundation President Gail Garceau and Former President Sandi Van Scoyoc recently presented the $2500 Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award to Krystal Alpers of Franklin for her work in improving the health of children. Joining her at the event were Melissa Lee, Greater Franklin HEAL Coordinator, and Ken Merrifield, Mayor of Franklin.
Krystal Alpers, Parks and Recreation Director in Franklin, NH, received the 2016 Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award. The Legacy Award's annual prize of $2500 is presented to a New Hampshire organization or an individual who exemplifies the Foundation's founding President's commitment to improving the health and wellness of New Hampshire's children and families.

Krystal Alpers was nominated for the award by Melissa Lee, Greater Franklin HEAL Co-Coordinator, who cited Krystal's "tireless work to enhance the health and well-being of the families of Franklin, whether it's organizing community projects to improve the beauty and safety of our playgrounds and parks, or advocating for healthy meal options for our kids."

Participants Complete 90-day Challenge

Over two thousand New Hampshire residents took up the challenge to be physically active at least twenty minutes each day this summer. 

Participants of this State-wide initiative driven by the Governor's Council on Physical Activity & Health received a Passport to track their daily activity and gain free entry into six State Parks for daily use.

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.

Funding Opportunity: EPA Offers Assistance to Help Rural Communities Revitalize Downtowns

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting rural communities to apply for planning assistance to develop strategies that help grow the economy and revitalize downtown neighborhoods. 

Thirty or more communities will be selected for assistance through a competitive process.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock To Research Obesity Among Elderly People

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will be spearheading research in ways to address obesity among elderly people.

Research shows that about 35 percent of elderly people are obese, and that number is increasing nationwide.

But new technologies could help elderly people with obesity change their behaviors to improve their strength and make them safer.


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 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.