The Chronic Disease Work Group includes representatives from medical providers, nonprofit organizations and others who focus on obesity prevention and weight management, diabetes, and heart disease/stroke.
Current work group goals include:
Reduce overweight and obesity in the GNPHR
Provide chronic disease education and screening opportunities in the GNPHR to increase awareness and reduce rates of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes
In 2013, 2014 and 2016, the work group presented Healthy Hero Awards to individuals who helped promote obesity prevention efforts in the region.
2016: Caitlin Morgan, RD, LD - for her professional example and commitment to improving children's nutritional health and well-being in her professional roles at Southern NH Medical Center and YMCA Greater Nashua.
2014: Nashua School District Food Services Team - for their ongoing work to provide health food choices for nearly 12,000 Nashua students.
2013: Robin Abodeely, BS RN and Dr. Chuck Cappetta, MD FFAP - to recognize their work with elementary age children.
Facilitator The YMCA of Greater Nashua provides leadership in chronic disease efforts in the GNPHR. To find out more about this work group, please contact the facilitator: Kim Adie Community Health Coordinator YMCA of Greater Nashua Email
WE CAN! Pilot Project
WE CAN! is an evidence based prevention program aimed at children and their families. This was the school based initiative included in the obesity work group’s community wide action plan. In 2013-14, a pilot WE CAN! program was implemented at 2 local sites:
Amherst Elementary School in Nashua
Lisa’s Tippy Toes Daycare and Learning Center in Merrimack
Tree Streets Place Map
The Obesity Work Group created the Tree Streets Place Map (PDF)
to provide a creative and colorful inspiration for community members to
use the Heritage Rail Trail for exercise. The map includes healthy tips
and inspirational quotes to encourage active living, and it highlights
some of the interesting spots along the trail where healthy foods or
exercise opportunities are located. On the reverse side, the map
includes any Nashua parks that have recreational options.