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 meetings feature a different expert each month speaking on a variety of topics related to workplace wellness.

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. 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.

Concord Monitor, 8/12/16: 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 this week from the city council, hopefully boosting their chances to win an $800,000 federal grant this winter. 

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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. Three main priorities of their strategic plan being:

  1. Focus on awareness of healthy behaviors and activities
  2. Develop an employer network to focus specifically on workplace wellness
  3. Work with partner organizations within the coalition on collaborative efforts and projects in the local area

Watch the videos to see what initiatives and projects are in the works with the Wellness Connections at New London Hospital:

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize honors communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better health.

Winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated nationally.

Apply for the 2017 Culture of Health Prize

The Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) has been “testing” the City’s streets for bicycle-friendliness over the past few months as part of the Plan4Health Nashua complete streets project.

ReThink Health is working with Healthy Monadnock to help achieve the local initiative’s goal for the Monadnock Region to become the nation’s healthiest community by 2020.

HEAL NH will hold this training titled "How to Make Local Projects Safer and More Accessible for Pedestrians and Bicyclists" to local municipal volunteers, planners, public works officials, engineers, public health advocates and others.

Register Today! The HEAL Conference serves as a gathering to celebrate, learn, and engage with people in New Hampshire working to promote and support improved access to healthy foods and safe places to play and be active. With this meeting we will celebrate the progress of NH communities, introduce NH’s new Healthy People Healthy Places Plan, and strengthen and forge new partnerships to further advance the work.

Fastcoexist.com: Investing in a network of fully separated bike lanes could save cities huge sums in the long-term. But too little investment in wimpy infrastructure could actually decrease enthusiasm for cycling.

Concord Monitor: Under a new initiative, the food pantry is turning to local farmers and gardeners in the hopes they will donate their surplus fruit, vegetables or produce.

NHPR: It’s the height of the harvest season, and New Hampshire’s farmers continue to look for ways to make the business of small farming profitable in an age of industrial agriculture.   On the Seacoast, one group of farmers is using technology and cooperation to expand beyond the farmers market.

Nashua Telegraph: The hobbyist farmers at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua are busy harvesting vegetables in their new raised garden beds, courtesy of efforts from Fidelity Investments, that provide benefits to the club’s kids.

WMUR: Farmers' markets and farm stands have seen "a phenomenal increase in business," this summer, said Gail McWilliam Jellie, director of the state division of agricultural development.

8/4/2014 - A new mural has surfaced on the Heritage Rail Trail in Nashua this week.  It's a stunning image of a kayaker crashing through the waves.  

Thanks to HEAL funding, along with other financial and volunteer support from the neighborhood and the artistic talents of Positive Street Art, Nashua has yet another interesting spot for the community to enjoy as they exercise along the trail.

 

In 2011, The OPP and RPC collaborated to assess the state of New Hampshire's obesity-related policies. Municipalities surveyed reported data on assets that promote healthful eating, physical activity and breastfeeding.  Results have been published in the CDC Journal: Preventing Chronic Disease.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on obesity among preschool children enrolled in federal health and nutrition programs shows the nation is making important progress in reducing obesity among preschool children from low-income families.

The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard may be just what Cheshire County, New Hampshire needs to achieve its aspired status as "the healthiest community in the nation" by the year 2020.

Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School is honored to be the first school in the State of New Hampshire to receive a Silver Award from the USDA's Healthier US Schools Program.

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center researchers recently studied high school vending machines in New Hampshire and Vermont to see what teens are drinking: Could we help them make healthier choices?

The New Hampshire Obesity Prevention Program has released a new data brief, Physical Activity Among New Hampshire Adults. The data brief shows that overweight and obesity are more commonly associated with lower levels of physical activity and higher rates of chronic disease.

The new policies governing sales of healthy food and beverages in Portland, Maine qualified the school district to receive $90,000 from Portland Public Health under its federal obesity prevention grant.

USA TODAY - When students head back to school this fall, most will be offered a smorgasbord of healthier foods in lunch lines.  Many school districts are doing major overhauls. But some have already made significant improvements in nutritional quality of meals over the last few years, and this year they're upping their game.

NY TIMES - Adolescents in states with strict laws regulating the sale of snacks and sugary drinks in public schools gained less weight over a three-year period than those living in states with no such laws, a new study has found.

The obesity epidemic in the U.S. will eventually bankrupt the nation if left unchecked, according to a Bipartisan Policy Center report titled "Lots to Lose: How America's Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future," that outlines recommendations for curbing the crisis. 

TIME Healthland - Initiatives like Freshmobile, designed to help improve the diet of people living in neighborhoods where quality fresh foods are hard to obtain, have been quite literally "popping up" all over the country. This summer, several temporary and mobile pop-up markets will set up shop in so-called food deserts.

Sports drinks, other sugary beverages still widely available. One in four U.S. public high school students could buy regular soda in school during the 2010-11 school year, down from more than half who could do so just four years earlier, according to a new study

Workplace wellness programs are emerging in organizations throughout the state in an effort to stabilize health care costs and increase overall health and well-being of employees. The state of New Hampshire - the state's largest employer - is no exception.

In 2006, Gov. John Lynch signed "an order relative to state employee wellness," which included programs that encourage a proactive approach to the health of its employees.

Many New Hampshire businesses may start workplace wellness programs in an effort to help stabilize health care costs, but several Keene area businesses have found that the benefits go beyond controlling company expenses and can actually address workers' biggest complaint: stress.

2011 NH Farmers Market Week was a great success with special activities at many markets around the state.

Gov. John Lynch and Dr. Susan Lynch helped to celebrate National and New Hampshire Farmers Market Week with a visit to...

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AARP Foundation is seeking to fund the development or scaling of innovative, sustainable solutions to hunger that have the potential to make a significant

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