Town of Ashland
20 Highland Street,
P.O. Box 517
Ashland NH 03217
We are the Ashland Healthy Eating & Active Living (HEAL) Coalition, a partnership representing a cross-section of the Ashland community including local government, businesses, health care providers, schools and the community at large. Our goal is to make immediate and long-term improvements in our community to promote good health and the quality of life by providing opportunities for healthy food choices and physical activities.
The Ashland HEAL program was started in 2012 after the Town received a $10,000 grant from HEAL NH and the NH Foundation for Healthy Communities. Our mission was to establish at least one healthy eating and one active living initiative. The Ashland HEAL Coalition solicited input from the people of Ashland and they selected and helped develop the following programs.
Two Ashland restaurants, working with a nutritionist from Speare Memorial Hospital, now offer HEAL-approved healthy choices with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, protein and whole grain carbohydrates. HEAL menus provide diners with dietary information and options to choose foods that are lower in saturated fats, sugars, and simple carbohydrates. Please check out these menu options at:
The Ashland Community Garden is located on School Street just below the Ashland Elementary School and contains 20 raised beds. The project was funded by HEAL and the Meredith Village Savings Bank and developed with the help of many community partners including the Town of Ashland, Ashland Elementary School, Ashland Lumber, Ashland Water and Sewer Department, M. E. Latulippe Construction, Tree Solutions, The Common Man, Dot's Bread and Butter, the Open Air Market, Randall Surveying, Samyn & D'Elia Architects, and Sharps Lumber. Today, the garden provides a source of healthy foods and physical activity for our community.
The objective of this Committee is to become familiar with ways the people of Ashland are mobile in a non-motorized way (this includes sidewalks, trails, and roadsides). Where improvement or development is necessary, the Committee pursues ways to accomplish these objectives. As an offshoot, a Re-cycle program has been created. Bicycles are donated or procured from the Transfer Station (with permission), refurbished and then given to the Community Center for distribution. To date, the program has been highly successful and growing and has "re-cycled" many bicycles. We have received an additional grant from the Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition (CNHBC) to install several bike racks in the town as well as provide parts for the Re-cycle program.