Your Partner for a Safer & Healthier Community

Address:

67 Water Street, Suite 105, Laconia NH 03246

The Lakes Region HEAL targets individuals and families where they live, learn, work and play. Parents, children and other community members ally with before- and after-school programs and city and town recreation departments to provide experiences that teach children to be healthy for a lifetime.

Lakes Region HEAL is committed to promoting healthy eating and active living to Lakes Region residents.  In Healthy Communities, parents, children and others collaborate with:

  • Schools and city and town recreation departments to provide experiences that teach children to be healthy for a lifetime.
  • Health care professionals to educate their patients about healthy weight and provide them with resources to increase physical activity and good nutrition.
  • Community members to increase awareness of the many resources in the region and how to access them.
  • Cities and towns to include more opportunities for physical activity through trails, parks and sidewalk safety.
  • Worksites to adopt employee health promotion as an organizational value and business strategy.

GROW

The goal of our project is to increase access to and consumption of healthy, affordable food, preferably locally grown and regionally produced as a means to improve the health and well being of all residents. The main focus is on at risk young children 0-5 years of age and their families. Over time increased number of families will be participating through our initiative components like Pop-Up Farm Stands, Mobile Food Cart, Promotion of Healthy Eating, Community Gardens and Health Champions.

Project Includes:

Activity 1: Cooking Classes

Activity 2: Harvest Baskets

Activity 3 : Pick a Better Snack

Activity 4: Local Food Guide

Intended Outcomes for the Target Population

Families with young children in Laconia and Franklin will report an increase in access to and consumption of fruit and vegetables through:

  1. More parents of young children will participate in educational programs related to healthy food preparation and shopping.
  2. Parents who participate will demonstrate an increased knowledge of healthy food choices and strategies for stretching existing food dollars to include more healthy choices. 
  3. Families will have access to fresh fruits and vegetables at more locations in the community where they currently spend time.  
  4. Parents will have access to an expanded peer support network to support long term change.

Resources

Local

County

Belknap Lakes-belknaplakes.com
A volunteer lake assessment program.

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State

NH Children in Nature Coalition

nhchildreninnature.org
The coalition wants get as many kids and families outdoors as often as possible, and the benefits can be huge.

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NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

dhhs.nh.gov
The largest agency in NH state government, responsible for the health, safety and well being of the citizens of New Hampshire. DHHS provides services for individuals, children, families and seniors and administers programs and services such as mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse and public health. This is accomplished through partnerships with families, community groups, private providers, other state and local government entities, and many citizens throughout the State who help make NH a special place in which to live. 

National

www.letsgo.org
Let the HEALTHY FAVORITES booklet guide you on your journey to good health! The tips, suggestions,

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Alliance for a Healthier Generation-healthier generation.org
Works to address one of the nation’s leading public health threats-childhood obesity.  The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015 and to empower kids nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices.

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America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids-letsmove.gov
A comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Sure, this is an ambitious goal. But with your help, we can do it.

Catch KidsCATCH stands for a Coordinated Approach to Child Health and is a nation-wide program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices in children.  The CATCH Program has been implemented in thousand of schools and after-school organizations including the Laconia, NH school system.

By Teaching children that eating healthy and being physically active every day can be FUN, The CATCH Program has proven that establishing healthy habits in the childhood can promote behavior changes that can last a lifetime.

CATCH KIDS is offered in the Lakes Region area in programs before and after school.  The program’s philosophy also inspires movement breaks during the school day.  Look for information on our Movement Breaks Page.

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Fat Smack: Watch the Video-fatsmack.org
Sugary drinks such as soda, sport drinks, sweetened tea, coffee drinks and energy drinks, are loaded with “empty,” or non-nutritional calories that can be damaging to your health.

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Federal Food/Nutrition Programs (FRAC)-frac.org
The leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and under nutrition in the United States..  

Kitchen Kids: Nutrition Resources and Information-partselect.com
Teaching our children about good nutrition from an early age will help them to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid growing health concerns associated with a poor diet.

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Let’s Reinvent Recess-recessrocks.com
Recess rocks is a comprehensive movement program that helps reverse childhood obesity and enhance learning for elementary school children.

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TrailLink-traillink.com
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., whose mission it is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.

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USDA Choose My Plate-choosemyplate.gov
The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), an organization of the US Dept of Agriculture, was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans.  Toward this goal, the Center focuses its effors on two primary objectives:  advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans, and conduct applied reasearch and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics.

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USDA Child & Adult Care Food Program-fns.usda.gov
CACFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care for children and elderly adults by making care more affordable for many low-income families.

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Weight Management Research to Practice Series from CDC-cdc.gov
The Weight Management Research to Practice Series is designed to summarize the science on a weight management topic. An overview of the science will be compiled into a summary document appropriate for public health professionals, including implications for practice. In addition, some installments in the series will be accompanied by a brochure geared toward the general public.

For more information, contact Kate Bruchacova, Community Health Educator at kbruchacova@pphnh.org or call 603-707-5851