Community Leaders Convene To Promote Healthy People in Healthy Places

CONCORD, NH -- The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL NH) annual conference "Effective Leadership for Healthy People in Healthy Places," was held on September 22nd in Meredith, New Hampshire. The conference attracted over 130 attendees interested in leadership, community engagement and advocacy strategies to create healthier, more equitable community environments in New Hampshire.

Panel presentations and workshops covered a variety of topics including community design for improved walkability and economic vitality, and school policy changes to provide healthier food and beverage choices for children.

Several notable New Hampshire community leaders participated, including Robert Champlin, Superintendent of Laconia School District; Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mount Washington Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program; Irene Garvey, Board President of the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI); John Edgar, Community Development Director for the Town of Meredith; Christine Walker, Executive Director of the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission; and Ray Cloutier, owner of the Tannery Marketplace. State Senator Nancy Stiles and Steve Reno, the executive Director at Leadership New Hampshire, moderated two of the panel discussions.

2011 Annual Conference Documents are available for download online.
Watch the HEAL NH 2011 Conference Keynote video.

About HEAL NH: The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) NH campaign began in 2008 and is led by the Foundation for Healthy Communities, a non-profit New Hampshire organization focused on improving health and healthcare through innovative partnerships. HEAL is supported by a collaboration of foundations and state agencies committed to promoting health and wellbeing for all New Hampshire residents. Funding is provided by HNHfoundation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Endowment for Health, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, NH Charitable Foundation, and NH Department of Health and Human Services. More information about the HEAL NH campaign can be found at

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