Legislators to learn about statewide Healthy Eating Active Living efforts (3/5/13)

CONCORD, NH — Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) NH, one of New Hampshire's leading organizations supporting healthy community initiatives, will update New Hampshire state representatives and senators on March 6, 2013, from 7:30-9 a.m. at the State House Dining Room in Concord.

Since 2008, HEAL has worked together with its partners to address the public health epidemic of overweight and obesity in New Hampshire. At its current trajectory, the state's adult obesity rates could reach nearly 60 percent by 2030, according to a 2012 report released by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. On Wednesday, legislators will have the opportunity to learn about HEAL's strategies and progress to help control health care costs associated with obesity while supporting efforts to increase health and quality of live for residents in more than 65 cities and towns in the state.

A growing body of evidence indicates that people are healthier when they live in vibrant communities with convenient, affordable and safe access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity. The support of state lawmakers is essential to creating healthier communities, including neighborhoods, schools, childcare centers, workplaces and health care settings. On Wednesday, HEAL and several of its community partners, will be at the State House to share their successes and the steps they are taking to realize their vision of 'a New Hampshire where all residents enjoy health and quality of life through healthy eating and active living.'

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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

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