Lakes Region HEAL

Lisa Morris
Executive Director

The Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health
67 Water Street Suite 105
Laconia, NH 03246

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(603) 528-2145
(603) 528-6945
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Monadnock HEAL


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Katherine McLaughlin

Phone: 603-354-5454 ext 2136
Fax: 603-354-5414
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Upper Valley HEAL


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Greg Norman
Director of Community Health Improvement and Benefits at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756

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Greater Franklin HEAL

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Melissa Lee

Community Health Improvement Specialist
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Franklin Regional Hospital
15 Aiken Ave
Franklin, NH
603-934-2060 ext. 8369 Steps Up!

conference mapAt the 2011 Annual Conference, we wanted to acknowledge all of the Healthy Eating and Active Living accomplishments across the state of New Hampshire; in addition to all of the inspiring goals and visions we have for future projects. We asked all participants to write on a post-it note and place it in the front of the room on a New Hampshire map. Here's what came out of that activity. 

We acknowledge there is much more being done across the state of New Hampshire and welcome you to contribute to this site on a continual basis.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to become a featured HEAL Champion.

'ED'ies recipients are recognized annually at the Wall of Fame Ceremony at the NH Department of Education.  Visit the NH Excellence in Education website for more information.


The environments that surround us significantly impact the choices we make. When we build our communities with health impacts in mind, we make it easier for every person in New Hampshire to eat healthy foods and be physically active.

New Hampshire’s planners, local governments, recreation professionals and transportation providers have the responsibility to build healthy places and foster lifestyles of wellness in our communities.






Every stage in the food system impacts the foods we eat in New Hampshire every day. The food system includes every process involved in feeding a community: growing, harvesting, packaging, transporting, marketing, selling, consuming and disposing of food and food packaging. These "Healthy Foods" resources focus on policy and environmental approaches to help create healthy food and eating environments in New Hampshire communities with the ultimate goal of providing every resident of the state access to affordable, fresh and healthy foods.


The way in which communities are designed and function can promote—or inhibit—physical activity for children and adults. Active living communities are places where it is easy to integrate physical activity into daily routines.  



HEAL envisions a New Hampshire where all residents enjoy health and quality of life through healthy eating and active living.

Use these calculators, tools and resources as a personal assessment of your weight and potential health risk. This information is not meant to diagnose a health problem but can and should be discussed with your health care practitioner.



Schools have a responsibility to build and foster healthy environments. Administrators, teachers, parents and students can create school environments that promote healthy New Hampshire kids



Provide opportunities for physical activity for all students at schools

Offer healthy food and beverage choices throughout the school environment - from food service to vending machines to fundraisers

CATCH Kids Club (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is an evidenced-based after-school, summer, and community recreation program designed to promote healthy physical activity and eating behaviors in elementary school-age children. Research by the University of Texas showed that CATCH Kids Club can significantly increase moderate to vigorous physical activity in elementary school aged children.

Funded by a Growing Up Healthy grant from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the Foundation for Healthy Communities oversees implementation of the program in New Hampshire after school and summer camp programs.

spinwheel worksitesWorksites of all sizes support healthy eating and active living for employees and dependents. They adopt organizational policies and offer programs that promote access to healthy foods and beverages and opportunities for physical activity. Examples include a policy for healthy foods and beverages during meetings, providing showers for employees who exercise, and structuring benefit plans to include wellness services.



Offer healthy food and beverage choices in vending machines and cafeterias - serve water and fresh fruit in meetings

Encourage physical activity through breaks and flexible work schedules


Individuals and families want accurate information about prevention and wellness from trusted sources.  Health care provicers can increase overall health by educating patients about healthy choices



Adopt procedures for routine screening of BMI (Body Mass Index) for children and adults

Provide patients with counseling and resources to improve healthy eating and active living behaviors


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Demand for healthier food and beverage options continues to increase.  Restaurants and food retailers can make changes to better serve their customers, attract new business, and support healthier communities



Provide healthy menu choices and substitutions with options for smaller portions

Offer more fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy products and whole grains


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Local elected officials, planners, and recreation and transportation departments have a responsibility to build safe, healthy places and encourage wellness in our communities



Increase availability and access to safe sidewalks, bike paths, trails, parks, and recreational facilities

Provide access to healthy, fresh and affordable foods at farmer's markets, restaurants, grocers and corner stores

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