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Report: N.H. top health priorities are childhood obesity, diabetes and adult obesity



Last modified: Friday, October 17, 2014
The top three public health priorities for New Hampshire, as outlined in its State Health Improvement Plan: childhood obesity, diabetes and adult obesity, in that order.

Healthy Eating Active Living of New Hampshire renewed calls to address the state’s growing obesity problems in a report released this week.

The organization’s “Healthy People Healthy Places Plan” calls for more work to address “significant systemic barriers when it comes to accessing healthy food and active lifestyles.” “Communities with little or reduced access range from rural, isolated communities without basic grocery stores, to low income urban neighborhoods where safe, active recreation opportunities are few and far between,” the report says.

The plan calls for more “equitable access” to transportation options, biking or walking paths built into communities, expanded recreation spaces and “affordable, healthy food options,” among other steps.

More information about HEAL’s work can be found online at healnh.org.

CASEY McDERMOTT