Action Strategies

These Healthy Monadnock strategies were selected by citizen work groups during two action planning processes involving more than 500 Monadnock region residents. All are evidence-based, project and policy changes that were selected based on their ability to bring about large-scale community change and to improve health outcomes for all.

The goal, ultimately, is to achieve health equity for all residents of the region. That is, eliminate any major obstacles to health (such as socio-economic disadvantages) so that everyone can achieve their highest potential for health.

Healthy Monadnock Partners are currently implementing many of these strategies.

1. Increase healthy eating

  • Build a robust local food system (CCCD)
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive 5-2-1-0 program and messaging for schools (all levels) and out of school settings (AFHY and School Champions)
  • Improve access to healthier foods and beverages in school environments (cafeteria, school breakfast/ lunch program, fundraising efforts, parties and events, teachers’ lounges, vending machines, concession stands)
  • Establish voluntary nutrition and physical activity policies in child care settings or mandate and enforce policies as part of state licensing/accreditation
  • Adopt and implement policies/guidelines for labeling food (nutrition facts/local/calorie information, etc) on restaurant menus; in cafeterias, convenience/grocery stores, etc,
  • Establish worksite wellness teams and plans (programs, projects and policies) that support healthy eating and active living (Worksite Wellness)

2. Increase active living

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive 5-2-1-0 program and messaging for schools (all levels) and out of school settings  (AFHY and School Champions)
  • Establish voluntary nutrition and physical activity policies in child care settings or mandate and enforce policies as part of state licensing/accreditation
  • Establish worksite wellness teams and plans (environments, systems, and policies) that support healthy eating and active living
  • Ensure physical education and recess in all schools meets the standards of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education
  • Adopt Complete Streets policies in all towns
  • Implement Safe Routes to Schools programs in all schools (all levels)
  • Improve year-round access to both public and private recreational facilities (joint or multi-use agreements)
  • Establish policies and enhance infrastructure (sidewalks, signage, trails, traffic calming measures) to support walking and biking for all

3. Increase educational attainment

  • Increase awareness (community campaign) of link between education and health
  • Promote and implement early education models that work to make children ready for kindergarten/elementary school (Impact Monadnock)
  • Implement programs and policies that support students during transitions
  • Advocate for policy to support affordability of higher education and job training programs
  • Implement best practices for making college affordable

4. Increase income and jobs

  • Advocate for living wages for all workers (campaigns, ordinances)
  • Eliminate health care poverty (debt and lack of access)
  • Streamline access to social services – create one point of entry
  • Better coordinate and increase awareness around existing partners on unemployment services and identify entry points for people
  • Eliminate fuel poverty

5.  Improve the conditions and skills that support mental well-being

  • Create a community campaign to promote mental well-being and social connectedness
  • Workplaces include programs and services that support mental well-being
  • Insure early identification and referral to appropriate services for children and youth with emotional health issues
  • Communication and collaboration between organizations exists to support strategies that address mental well-being
  • Incorporate life skills development (ie, ability to self-regulate behavior) into all primary child and youth experiences (school, out of school programs, home, etc)

6. Reduce tobacco use

  • Reduce tobacco use by adults through evidence-based interventions and by promoting cessation supports
  • Prevent initiation of tobacco use among use
  • Reduce cigarette smoking among pregnancy women
  • Reduce exposure to second-hand smoke in workplace, businesses, campuses, housing units, and other public spaces.

7. Prevent substance misuse

  • Increase regional capacity to prevent substance misuse across agencies and communities in the Monadnock region
  • Increase the connections and relationships across six core sectors in relation to substance misuse throughout the Monadnock Region.
  • Obtain a minimum of 3 new regional data sources for substance misuse across the life span
  • Increase public awareness relative to the harm and consequences of alcohol and drug misuse, treatment and recovery support services available, and the success of recovery.

For examples and the latest news about how these strategies are being implemented in the community, visit our healthy living blog.