Lighten Up New Hampshire! Comes Online
December 5, 2007
UNH Cooperative Extension announces the launch of Lighten Up New Hampshire!
a health-promotion Web site designed to help Granite Staters working to address
overweight and obesity.
Supporting the efforts of New Hampshire individuals, families, communities,
schools, and health care professionals, the site features subsections containing
the latest research-based information on food and nutrition, fitness, motivation,
creating healthier communities, and resources for professionals. The site will
also host interactive blogs and discussion forums.
"More than half the people in New Hampshire are obese or overweight,
including about 20 percent of the state's children," says Charlene Baxter,
who heads Extension's Family and Consumer Resources program. "Nationally,
the annual direct and indirect costs associated with obesity add up to more
than $231 billion."
"UNH Cooperative Extension has been reaching out to individuals, families
and communities with health-promotion messages and programs for 91 years," Baxter
continues. "This project expands the health education work we already
"We know the Web can serve as a powerful tool for organizing information
and connecting people, yet no statewide Web site was collecting and integrating
obesity-prevention resources specific to New Hampshire. We decided to create
A $215,000 grant from the HNH Foundation funded the Lighten Up New Hampshire!
initiative. In addition to the Web site, the grant also funds the formation
of a statewide Lighten Up NH! Alliance, a collaboration among agencies, organizations,
and concerned individuals who will collectively continue to develop and expand
the Lighten Up New Hampshire! Web site, at http://lightenupnh.org/index.cfm.