The Monadnock Region’s healthiest community initiative, Healthy Monadnock, awarded several of its “Champions” at its recent 6th Annual Champions Celebration. More than 170 people, many representing their business, school, service organization, or local government, turned out for the event.
The 2015 Winners
The individual, school and organizational winners were selected based on accomplishments in the areas of promoting healthy living for themselves, their organization and/or the community at large, notes Linda Rubin, Director, Healthy Community Initiative.
“These are the leaders of the healthy living movement in our region,” says Rubin.
The following are the award recipients for 2015:
Misty Hall and Melanie Plenda: The Individual Champion Awards
- George S. Emerson School and Winchester School: The School Champion Awards
- Monadnock Family Services, Hamblet Electric, Winchester Precision Technologies: The Organizational Champion Awards
- Westside Animal Hospital, Hamblet Electric, Bragdon & Kossayda, Five Element Acupuncture, LLC, Monadnock Humane Society, Music All Around, Power of Breath Institute, Betty Andrews Writing Services, LLC, Monadnock Voices for Prevention, Contoocook Valley Transportation Center, Muscle Mommas, and Winchester School: The STAR Awards
- Keene Family YMCA: OutReach Champion of the Year Award
- Keene Housing: Healthiest Community Champion of the Year Award
“You should have waited, because we are just getting started,” said Josh Meehan, Executive Director of Keene Housing, the recipient of the award for Healthiest Community Champion of the Year.
Keene Housing was recognized for creating community garden spaces for their residents as well as a cooking program for youth, among others. They have also been a model for policy and environmental changes as they have created a physical activity space for employees at their admin office, implemented a healthy meeting and celebration policy, encourage walking meetings and allow a 10 minute physical activity break for all staff. Next up on their agenda is to collaborate with Keene State geography students to create walking path for their employees.