The Foundation for Healthy Communities released a study examining barriers to discharging people medically cleared to leave the hospital in New Hampshire found that older patients are affected most often and it can lead to expensive delays to providing the right care in the right place. Many barriers to timely discharges were found throughout New Hampshire.

The survey identified 516 people who were medically cleared to the leave the hospital but unable to do so during a three month period Nov. 1, 2014 through Jan. 31, 2015, in 21 of the 26 acute care hospitals in New Hampshire.

 

FHC's press release on the report can be found HERE.

The full report is available HERE.

 

 

 

HEAL NH Selects Pleasant Street School as 2015 ‘ED’ie Award Recipient

School Credits Efforts to Increase Access to Healthy Foods and Physical Activity with Reduction in Behavioral Referrals

CONCORD, NH (May 29, 2015) – Pleasant Street School in Laconia has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Healthy Eating Active Living NH Education in Excellence (‘ED’ie) Award.

As part of the HEAL ‘ED’ie Award, Pleasant Street School received $500 to support its work promoting healthy eating and active living. The school will also be recognized during the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards Program – also known as the “ED’ies” – on June 6 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

Pleasant Street School, which serves 287 students in grades K-5 was cited for demonstrating a school environment that prioritizes access to healthy foods and physical activity to help keep students engaged throughout the day and become better learners, according to HEAL NH Director Terry Johnson.

“Pleasant Street School, a Title One school with 53% of students claiming low socioeconomic status, has fully integrated healthy foods and opportunities to be active as part of the school day,” said Mr. Johnson. “Schools play a vital role because that is where students spend up to half their waking hours. Pleasant Street School is not only providing an excellent learning environment, it is setting the stage for students to be healthy and thrive for a lifetime.”

Schools from throughout the state – from kindergarten through 12th grade – were eligible for the HEAL ‘ED’ie Award, which is based on criteria that promotes healthy eating and active living environments for students and staff. Healthy eating criteria include strong nutritional standards for all foods and beverages sold or provided throughout the school day and integration of nutrition education into curriculum. Active living criteria include regular opportunities for physical activity such as a strong physical education program complemented by regular “movement breaks” offered in the classroom, along with recess before lunch.

“We are truly honored to receive this recognition from HEAL NH,” said Pleasant Street School Principal David Levesque.  “Our faculty, staff, student body and community members believe that healthy children make better students.  Our efforts have resulted in a decline in behavioral referrals throughout specific times of the day as well as a renewed energy towards increased physical activity.  Pleasant Street has been a leader in creating activities that support HEAL.  This includes Walk to School Wednesday, Taste Test Tuesday, Friday Festivities, Teacher’s Salad Club, Morning Recess and more.  PSS will continue to do our best in helping all students learn how being healthy can lead to a positive and productive future.”

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, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the NH Department of Health and Human Services. More information about HEAL NH can be found at www.healnh.org.

 

For Immediate Release

 

Date:   Sept. 13, 2013

Contact: Terry Johnson, Director, HEAL NH

(603) 415-4273 | tjohnson@healthynh.com

 

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.

 

For Immediate Release

For More Information:

Michelle Morel, President

Morel Communications

michelle@morelcommunications.com
(207) 329-6767

 

 

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:

 

Michelle Morel, President

Morel Communications

michelle@morelcommunications.com | (207) 329-6767

 

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