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5th Annual Champions Celebration Event - October 9th

October 03, 2014
Keene, NH

Celebrating Healthy Monadnock 2020 Champions of Health

Join Monadnock region Healthy Monadnock 2020 (formerly Vision 2020) Champions as they hold their 5th annual Champions Celebration event to event to recognize the accomplishments of individuals, schools, organizations and partners who have pledged to live, share, model and inspire healthy behaviors as an effort to become the healthiest community in the nation by the year 2020. The Champions Celebration event is free, open to the public and will be held at Keene High School at 43 Arch Street in Keene, NH on Thursday, October 9th from 5:30-7 p.m. For more information, call (603) 354-5454, ext. 3930 or visit www.healthymonadnock.org.

Healthy Monadnock 2020 Champions are community members who have made a commitment to live, share, model and inspire the values and goals of Healthy Monadnock 2020 in their own lives and share that they are learning about healthy lifestyle behaviors with their family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. When the Champions program launched in October 2010, a goal was set to have 500 Champions in place within one year. Community response has been inspiring as over 2,500 individuals, 86 organizations and 19 schools have signed on, with many new people joining each week. According to Linda Rubin, Director of the Healthy Community Initiative, the Champions are the heart of Healthy Monadnock 2020. “Champions believe that by working together, we can become the nation’s healthiest community,” Rubin said. “Many are taking steps to improve their own health and then sharing what they learn with others in their social networks.”

The 5th annual Champions Celebration event will include the presentation of 7 awards to individuals, schools and organizations who exemplify the mission of modeling healthy behaviors within themselves, their family, neighborhood, organization, town, school or other group. Current Champions and the general public are invited to nominate Champions for their work and successes over the past year. Awards will be shared over three categories, including the H.E.A.L (Healthy Eating Active Living) Award, the new OutReach Champion Award, and the Healthiest Community Champion of the Year Award, which will recognize those who inspire healthy behavior change in others and advance the action plan of Healthy Monadnock 2020. In addition, Healthy Monadnock Partner Coalitions, the Advocates for Healthy Youth, the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition, the Monadnock Region Transportation Management Association, the City of Keene and the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities, will honor Champions that have made an extraordinary effort to improve overall health in the Monadnock region. Children in grades K-6, who participated in this year’s Kid’s DeMar Marathon Program coloring contest, highlighting the efforts and importance of walking and biking to school, will also be awarded at this event. 

About Healthy Monadnock 2020
Healthy Monadnock 2020, formerly named Vision 2020, 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 2020’s action plans are being guided in the community by the Healthiest Community Advisory Board, a group of 30 individuals representing schools, organizations, coalitions and businesses. The Healthiest Community Initiative is funded by community partners and donations to the Cheshire Health Foundation at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene. Among the many goals of the Healthiest Community Initiative is an evolution of the local healthcare system to allow an increased focus on disease prevention and maintaining good health.

For information about Healthy Monadnock 2020, to view the current list of Healthy Monadnock Champions, and to see how you can become a Champion, please visit www.healthymonadnock.org or call (603) 354-5454, Ext. 3930.

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