July 2015 Newsletter
In This Issue
New partnership begins work to support health and physical activity in Nashua
Save the Date - HEAL Conference Oct. 1
Making healthier kid's meals choices in the upper valley
HNH Foundation recognizes leaders in child health
95-Year-Old Completes Grueling Mount Washington Road Race
Friends of the Northern Rail Trail release video tour of trail
Save the Dates


HEAL NH Conference


October 1, 2015

8:30 am - 4:00pm

Concord, NH



HEAL Community Network Meetings


Concord, NH

FHC, 125 Airport Rd.

9am - Noon 


August 19, 2015

December 3, 2015



Foundation for Healthy Communities 

Fall Forum


November 17, 2015

8:30am - 12:30pm

Concord, NH

Nashua Heritage Trail and community garden gains support

Gate City Community Garden is supporting improved access to fresh veggies this summer... 

...and a clean trail space

Help make Concord a better place to walk!


Concord Pedestrian Master Plan


Join the Central NH Regional Planning Commission at a public meeting or take a survey to let them know how they can make Concord a more livable, walkable place for residents and visitors of all ages!


Upcoming meetings:

Heights Meeting: Time and Location TBA

Downtown Meeting: August 25th Center for Health Promotion, 49 S Main St (Smile building) 6:00pm 

Visit their website for updates...


2014-2019 Healthy People Healthy Places Plan


Stronger Networks 

State-Level Change

Equitable Access


"There is scientific evidence that providing access to places for physical activity increases the level of physical activity in a community."


Plan4Health Nashua partner, Matt Waitkins of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, gathers information from Nashua residents about neighborhood streets and their perceived safety at NeighborFest on June 13

From street mapping to community outreach, 
Plan4Health Nashua is hitting its stride with its work to support physical activity, health, and economic growth in Nashua. 

The Plan4Health Nashua program started earlier this year when it received a grant for $125,000 from the American Planning Association (APA) to support active transportation in Nashua.

Its goal is to advance street planning and design that are safer and easier to get around for pedestrians and bicyclists.

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Meet our Keynote: Former Nashville Mayor and current Institute of Medicine committee chair, Bill Purcell, will describe his leadership approach and strategies to improve the underlying social, economic, and physical conditions that impact health and quality of life.

Save the Date for our Fall Conference: 

October 1st


This year's conference theme is Leadership for Policy and System Change: Working together for equitable access to healthy food and opportunities to be active. The conference is sponsored by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.


Featuring interactive workshops:

  • NH Food System
  • Healthy Food in Institutions
  • Complete Streets
  • Photovoice
  • Health Equity: Communication and Integration into HEAL

Highlighting communities making a difference implementing the Healthy People Healthy Places (HPHP) plan:

  • Plan 4 Health Nashua
  • Lebanon's Safe Routes to Play Initiative
  • Granite State Market Match: Progress in Coos County
  • Monadnock Menus 

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Making healthier kid's meals choices in the upper valley


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Dartmouth-Hitchcock: Healthy food on the kids' menu at the pub? Salt hill Pub co-owner Josh Tuohy says when Kristen Coats, partnership coordinator for the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock's (CHaD) Upper Valley Healthy Eating Active Living (UV HEAL) program, first broached that idea with him, his initial response was, "Great idea, but going out to eat is an occasion, and if the kids want chicken tenders and Shirley Temples, that's what they're going to get." 


A year later, the Salt hill Pubs in Lebanon, Hanover, Mt. Sunapee, and Newport offer a children's menu that features options such as baked fish, pita and hummus, carrot sticks and juice spritzers, and kids are eating it up.


HNH Foundation recognizes leaders in child health

Former HNH Foundation President Sandi Van Scoyoc and Board members Elaine Van Dyke and Martha McLeod (Chair) present $2500 Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Awards to Tammy Levesque (Laconia) and Roberta Abodeely (Nashua) for their work in improving the health of children.

Congratulations to two of our HEAL Champions!

The HNH Foundation has announced the recipients of the first Sandi Van Scoyoc Annual Legacy Award: 

Roberta Abodeely
, school nurse at the Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School in Nashua, and Tammy Levesque, Coordinator of the Laconia Health and Wellness Academy for the Laconia School District. 

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 of young children.


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Simply Inspiring...

95-Year-Old Completes Grueling Mount Washington Road Race

George Etzweiler, left, makes his trek uphill during Saturday's Mount Washington Road Race.PHOTO BY DAN HOUDE/MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD

Runners World: At this year's Mount Washington Road Race, 95-year-old George Etzweiler became the oldest person to complete the 7.6-mile course when he crossed the finish line in 3:28:41.

Etzweiler, of State College, Pennsylvania, broke his own record, which he established two years ago when he completed the course at the age of 93 in 3:15. He missed last year's event because of a case of bronchitis.


Friends of the Northern Rail Trail release video tour of trail


This 13 minute video was created by FNRT-MC member Dale Knapschaefer of Manchester, N.H. It is a narrated tour of the features to be seen and enjoyed along the approximately 30 miles of the 58 miles of the rail trail in Merrimack County beginning in Boscawen, N.H. and ending just north of Danbury, N.H. From the Danbury/Grafton town border the rail trail extends for about 28 more miles to Lebanon, N.H. through Grafton.


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 FoundationNH Department of Health and Human Services and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.