September 2016 News Around NH
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Register for our Annual Conference...Early Bird Discount Ends Sept. 23
Employers partner to improve health in Lake Sunapee Region
More Support for Healthy Eating Strategies and Activities
Forging a Trail: Merrimack River Greenway Effort Sees Breakthroughs
Catalyzing Health Care Investment in Healthier Food Systems
What is our State of Obesity?
Interview with New London Hospital
Upcoming Events


Creating Healthy Communities
 Workshop Series

Facilitation Challenges and Tips for Success 

September 21, 2016
9:00 AM-3:00 PM 
Location: Foundation for Healthy Communities, Concord, NH 
Fee: $60 
Register  by Friday!


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. 


HNH Foundation Annual Event
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
4:00 - 6:00pm
Red River Theater
Concord, NH


School Garden Day
October 6, 2016

Schools from around the state will be asked to open their gardens so others can come and learn about it.  Contact NH Farm to School if you are i nterested in being a host garden.


"TEAM UP, TAKE ACTION:   Improving Population Health Together"

November 15, 2016
The Event Center, Nashua


"The Changing Face of Wellness"

November 15, 2016
Concord Hospital, Concord

Partner Spotlight:

A consortium of partners is launching the New Hampshire Farm to School Beacon Community project to pilot how to move innovative farm to school practices forward and serve as models for other communities across the state.

The communities involved in this pilot project are Colebrook, Nashua and Somersworth.

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State-Level Change

Equitable Access


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 T he coalition decided to focus on worksite wellness programs because it benefits the entire community. It not only improves employee health, but it can also create healthy habits within families."

-Catherine Bardier, Director of Wellness and Community Health,  New London Hospital
Register for our Annual Conference
Early Bird Discount Ends Sept. 23

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.

Employers Partner to Improve Health in Lake Sunapee Region

Members of the Wellness Connection's Employer Network at their monthly meeting in August.
Each month, representatives from 21 employers in Merrimack and Sullivan counties meet as part of the Employer Network Wellness Roundtable to support employee wellness in the region. The Employer Network, a subgroup of the The Wellness Connection for a Healthy Lake Sunapee Region, collaborates on programs and shares information about policy changes.

The meetings feature a different expert each month speaking on a variety of topics related to workplace wellness - from developing worksite wellness policies to supporting work-life balance for employees and creating family-friendly workplaces.

More Support for Healthy Eating Strategies and Activities

We are pleased to announce that we have enlisted Erin Allgood, with Allgood Eats Local, who will serve as a consultant to provide support with HEAL healthy eating strategies. 

Specifically, she will conduct an inventory of healthy eating/food systems activities across the HEAL community network to identify priorities, existing resources, and gaps that need addressing.

Forging a Trail: Merrimack River Greenway Effort Sees Breakthroughs

Concord Monitor: The effort to build a paved riverside trail across Concord for bikers and pedestrians has seen recent breakthroughs. 

The Merrimack River Greenway Trail's proponents received what they saw as an important backing from the city council, hopefully boosting their chances to win an $800,000 federal grant this winter. 

Planners and Policy Makers Learn How Complete Streets Can Benefit New Hampshire Communities

Over 100 planners and elected officials took part in a series of regional Complete Streets events over the summer. 

Participants learned how Complete Streets can benefit New Hampshire communities and help our state address pressing economic and demographic issues.

Resource of the Month

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Developed by NHDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

The guide is designed to help anyone interested in improving the conditions for bicycling and walking in their communities by providing useful information on how and when to get involved in projects and the various ways a project can be initiated, planned, and built, as well as reasons why someone should care about bicycling and walking in the first place.

What is NH's State of Obesity?

New Hampshire now has the 14th lowest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to "The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America"  released September 2016. 

New Hampshire's adult obesity rate is currently 26.3 percent, up from 16.1 percent in 2000 and from 9.9 percent in 1990.

Interview with New London Hospital: The Wellness Connection

The Kearsarge Chronicle interviewed Catherine Bardier, Director of Wellness and Community Health at New London Hospital. Catherine discusses the third year of the Wellness Connections project at New London Hospital.

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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.