Advocates for Healthy Youth (AFHY) Event Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary

https_cdn.evbuc.com_images_29759437_178336429264_1_originalHealthy Monadnock partner, Advocates for Healthy Youth (AFHY), will be hosting “Raising Your Voice for Kids,” a free event and lunch on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, that will celebrate the organization’s 15 year anniversary.

The lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will start at noon. The event will take place at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, 25 Roxbury St., Keene, New Hampshire.

“The event will commemorate the history of Advocates for Healthy Youth, recognize its founders and look at opportunities for the future,” said Linda Rubin, director, Healthiest Community Initiative, Healthy Monadnock, who will facilitate the discussion portion of the meeting about the future of AFHY.

Other speakers at the event will include:

  • Nancy Vaughan, government relations director, American Heart Association, NH Chapter
  • Melissa Bernardin, campaign coordinator, Voices for Healthy Kids New Hampshire
  • Dick Ober, president and CEO, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • Eileen Fernandes, director, Center for Population Health Strategy and Practice, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Please register for the free lunch and event. For more information about the event, email Brooke Bennett at

About Healthy Monadnock

Healthy Monadnock is a community engagement initiative designed to foster and sustain a positive culture of health throughout Cheshire County and the Monadnock Region. Founded and developed by the Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene in 2007, Healthy Monadnock’s action plans are being guided in the community by the Council for a Healthier Community, a group of 30+ individuals representing schools, organizations, coalitions and businesses. Community partners and Champions are working together to improve the quality of life and prevent the leading causes of death for everyone by implementing strategies to: increase healthy eating and active living; increase income and jobs; improve mental wellbeing, increase emergency preparedness, reduce substance misuse including tobacco, increase educational attainment and increase access and quality of healthcare. Learn more:

Local Living Economy Building Block: Health

Which businesses, organizations and initiatives are supporting HEALTH in our Monadnock Local Living Economy?

Facebook fans generated a short list of recommendations – we hope you will add your suggestions as well:

From Missy: “There are SO many [businesses & organizations making us more healthy] — we are fortunate here. Farms like Edgefield Farm & Milkweed Farm who provide us with fresh food; groups like  Healthy Monadnock 2020 who educate & motivate a community; Businesses like Blossom Skin Care Studio & Spa & Badger Balm who understand what we put on our body affects our health & wellbeing — just to name a few!  Then don’t get me started on massage! There are so many health benefits! We all in the Monadnock Region – NH are super lucky because there are so many wonderful practitioners here!!”

From Meeting Waters YMCA: “We’re proud of all we are doing to improve health at the personal, family, organizational, community, states (NH & VT) and national levels through our youth development programs; healthy family home initiative; and our Healthy Communities Coalition that is “making the healthy choice the easy choice where people live, work, learn and play” in the Fall Mountain region and Windham County; as well our advocacy work at the local, state and federal levels.”

From Carey: “The Mt. Monadnock District of the Boy Scouts of America teach kids how to live healthy, play outdoors, treat nature right, and stress being good to your body and your community.”

From Ellie: “Of course I have to add Saving on stressful situations via carpooling and less green house gases into the air. Why not carpool?”

From Season:Cornerstone Center for Wellness has many, many practitioners working there making our community healthier!”

From Annie:Morning Sun Mindfulness Center! Thanks for strengthening the health on all levels of our local community!”

From Jen: Small businesses From Inc Magazine: Small Business Does a Body Good? A Day in the Life