CDC recognizes HEAL workplace wellness efforts in New Hampshire (9/13/13)

 

For Immediate Release

 

Date:   Sept. 13, 2013

Contact: Terry Johnson, Director, HEAL NH

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CDC recognizes workplace wellness efforts in New Hampshire;
Cheshire County HEAL commended for starting initiative

CONCORD, NH – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently highlighted the work being done to improve employee health in Cheshire County, crediting the Cheshire County Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) initiative and the "Healthy Monadnock 2020 Champions" program for starting the initiative. According to the CDC, employer based wellness programs may have great impact on the health of the community, potentially reaching most adults in Cheshire County – there are approximately 45,000 working-age adults in Cheshire County, and a particularly low unemployment rate of about 5 percent.

“Under the banner of ‘Vision 2020,’ more than 1,900 individuals and 80 organizations are currently registered in a ‘Champions Program,’ according to the CDC article. Vision 2020, which changed its name to Healthy Monadnock 2020 in June, is a community-wide initiative to improve the overall health and well-being of citizens in Cheshire County and the Monadnock region. The initiative aspires to lead the region to the status of “the healthiest community in the nation” by the year 2020.

Since Healthy Monadnock 2020’s inception in 2006, employers have been a target audience for the initiative. In 2012, Cheshire County HEAL partnered with Healthy Monadnock 2020 and started using the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard with the initiative’s Organizational Champions. The ScoreCard is a tool to assess and expand worksite wellness programs. To date, approximately 15 employers with over 4,000 employees are now using the ScoreCard, with many more employers expected to participate as they come on board as Healthy Monadnock 2020 Champions. This workplace wellness initiative was initially introduced through a pilot program of Cheshire County HEAL in 2008, a local coalition of the statewide campaign, HEAL NH.

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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 health care 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 HNH Foundation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Endowment for Health, NH Charitable Foundation, and NH Department of Health and Human Services. More information about the HEAL NH Campaign can be found at www.healnh.org.

 

Foundation for Healthy Communities August Newsletter (8/21/13)

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HEAL NH projects now in 65 towns and cities in New Hampshire (8/6/13)

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Projects in over 65 towns and cities in New Hampshire
build community, promote health

 

CONCORD, NH (Aug. 6, 2013) – It is no surprise to HEAL NH (Healthy Eating Active Living) and its statewide coalitions that residents want more healthy choices in their communities, such as safer ways to walk and bike, community gardens, or healthier menu items.

 

What is remarkable is how many New Hampshire residents and different types of businesses have rallied around these efforts and the stronger sense of community that has resulted, particularly in economically challenged communities.

 

Since it began more than four years ago, 65 communities are now involved in the HEAL NH movement, and each has an amazing story about the positive impacts these projects have had on residents. For instance, at a recent celebration for Upper Valley HEAL in the Greater Lebanon area, attendees were moved to tears when Tricia Minard, the childcare program director at Green Mountain Children’s Center, explained the dramatic impact that HEAL-related programs, Early Sprouts and NAP SACC, continues to have on a five-year-old girl from White River Junction.

 

“When Jessica first came here, she was severely obese, wouldn’t look in the mirror, and always referred to herself in the third person,” said Minard. “Over the past year, Jessica has lost about eight pounds and now rides bikes and runs around the playground with the other children. She sees herself in a different way – she now calls herself by her name and can look in the mirror and smile.”

 

Residents in Ashland, Berlin, Laconia and Nashua – the four newest NH communities that joined the HEAL movement about a year ago – are already beginning to see their vision of a ‘healthier community’ come to life. Close to 100 residents in the Tree Streets neighborhood of Nashua are using a new community garden, including neighbors living along the Heritage Rail Trail, members of the PLUS company, women and children from Marguerite’s Place Inc. and the Front Door Agency, and children from the Police Athletic League program. The new mural painted by Manny Ramirez of Positive Street Art along the Heritage Rail Trail is attracting more people to this section of the trail that includes the PAL garden.

 

Nashua Police Athletic League (PAL) director, Shaun Nelson, who has worked with the Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services on the community garden and Heritage Rail Trail project said, “With all the clean-up efforts and the mural from Positive Street Art, people are on the trail more and using the garden. There also seems to be more of a sense of community; residents are stopping and having a conversation with their neighbors.”

 

Ashland, a town of about 2,000 people, is also planning a community garden and trail improvements. In the meantime, residents are now implementing a healthy menu labeling program, and two restaurants – The Common Man and Dot’s Bread & Butter – have already stepped up to participate. According to Jason Lyon, CEO of the Common Man Family, “The Common Man family is proud to not only support, but also to partner with HEAL in efforts to bring health-conscious options and practices to the Ashland Community.”

 

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 health care 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 HNH Foundation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Endowment for Health, NH Charitable Foundation, and NH Department of Health and Human Services. More information about the HEAL NH Campaign can be found at www.healnh.org.

 

For more information or to schedule an interview with HEAL NH or its partners, including Beverly Doolan, coordinator of the Nashua HEAL project, Tricia Minard of Green Mountain Children’s Center, Jason Lyon of the Common Man Family, please contact:

 

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Foundation for Healthy Communities Information Card (8/5/13)

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Three New Members Named to NH CCC Board of Directors (8/5/13)

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Date:               Aug. 5, 2013

Contact:          Judy Proctor

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Three New Members Named to

NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration Board of Directors

 

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC), has elected three new members to its Board of Directors, including Diana Gibbs of Groveton; Scott Lawson of Henniker; and Dr. Trinidad Tellez of Manchester.

 

“We are excited as well as appreciative of the commitment these new board members bring to our mission, which is reducing the burden of cancer in New Hampshire,” said Board Chair Barbara Kimball, who has served as Executive Director of the Radiation Center of Greater Nashua for more than 20 years. “Their respective skills, experiences, and interests will enhance our ability to meet the challenges of our mission successfully.”

 

More information about NH CCC’s new board members:

 

Diana Gibbs is a Certified Prevention Specialist and a Program Manager at the North Country Health Consortium (NCHC), a public health organization in Littleton. She has experience in nonprofit program and fiscal management and possesses professional skills in grant writing, budget management, community organizing, outreach and marketing, and public health enhancement. Ms. Gibbs is a member of the NH CCC Tobacco Work Group.

 

Scott H. Lawson is the Founder and President of The Scott Lawson Companies, based in Concord. The Scott Lawson Companies is one of the leading worker health and safety, and laboratory services firms in New England, having served nearly 5,000 companies nationwide. Workforce Wellness, a subsidiary of The Scott Lawson Companies, provides on-site wellness programs and health risk assessments that work to improve the health of employees and lower the cost of group health insurance.

 

Dr. Trinidad Tellez is the Director of the Office of Minority Health and Refugee Affairs at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. She oversees the development of partnerships, initiatives and policies designed to reduce health disparities and promote health equity. Dr. Tellez is a member of the NH CCC Prevention and Early Detection Work Group.

 

The NH CCC developed the state’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and works with its partners to implement the objectives outlined in the Plan. The Collaboration currently consists of hundreds of individuals and organizations committed to eliminating cancer in the state.

 

 

About the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) was established in 2004 to address one of the leading causes of death in New Hampshire (NH). The NH CCC is a dedicated partnership of individuals and organizations committed to eliminating cancer in the state. The NH CCC developed the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan to address the following priorities: preventing cancer by creating environments that support a healthy lifestyle; increasing early detection of cancer through screening; improving the treatment of cancer and quality of life for people living with cancer; and reporting on the latest cancer research. For more information about the NH CCC and the NH Cancer Plan, visit www.NHCancerPlan.org.