Will Nashville Be A Model for Health and Economic Growth in New Hampshire?
CONCORD, NH (September 28, 2015) - Bill Purcell, chairman of the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Obesity Solutions and former Mayor of Nashville, will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL NH) conference in Concord on October 1, 2015. Mr. Purcell will be speaking at 9:15 a.m., followed by responses from a panel of New Hampshire leaders, including Ben Frost of the NH Housing Finance Authority, Todd Fahey of NH AARP, John Hamilton of NH Community Loan Fund, and Anna Thomas of the City of Manchester Health Department.
Mr. Purcell launched Nashville into the national spotlight as a model for creating healthy, economically vibrant communities. During his tenure as mayor, he strengthened public schools, revitalized neighborhoods, and expanded parks and walking/biking infrastructure to help improve health and quality of life for Nashville residents and spark unprecedented economic growth in the region.
The HEAL NH conference will explore how New Hampshire's leaders at the state and local levels can promote policies that help residents live more active and healthy lives. Success stories from around the Granite State will be highlighted, including efforts around Complete Streets, farmers markets, and Safe Routes to Play. HEAL NH Director, Terry Johnson, will provide an update on work being done and the unique partnerships being formed to advance strategies outlined in the 2014-2019 Healthy People Healthy Places Plan, New Hampshire's statewide plan to address the conditions that contribute to obesity and related chronic diseases.
The HEAL NH Conference will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the
About Bill Purcell
Bill Purcell has spent more than 30 years in law, public service, and higher education. He is both a national policy leader and community champion for healthy people and places. During his eight-year tenure as Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee the city saw unprecedented economic expansion, an increase in Metro school funding of more than 50 percent, and the development and preservation of more than 26,000 affordable housing units. He was elected to his second term as mayor by a record-setting 84.8 percent of the vote. His accomplishments as a civic leader earned him Public Official of the Year honors in 2006 by Governing Magazine. During his tenure, Nashville was ranked as the number one city for corporate headquarters and twice ranked as the hottest city in America for expansion and relocation of business.
His public policy credentials include five terms in the Tennessee House where he held the positions of Majority Leader and Chair of the Select Committee on Children and Youth. He also founded and became Director of the Child and Family Policy Center at the Vanderbilt Institute of Public Policy Studies and served as Director of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Purcell has served in various capacities on Institute of Medicine (IOM) obesity-related committees. He is the current Chair of the IOM Roundtable on Obesity Solutions and has served on the Committee on an Evidence Framework for Obesity Prevention Decision Maker, Vice Chair on the Committee on Accelerating Progress on Obesity Prevention, and as a member of the standing committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention.
He earned his bachelor's degree at Hamilton College and his law degree at Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he was honored as the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus.
About HEAL NH
The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) NH campaign began in 2008, and is led by the Foundation for Healthy Communities, a non-profit New Hampshire organization focused on improving health and health care through innovative partnerships. HEAL NH leads one of New Hampshire's largest statewide collaborations of organizations to implement the 2014-2019 Healthy People Healthy Places Plan, a statewide action plan to guide healthy eating and active living activities and policies in the Granite State. Funding is provided by HNH Foundation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Endowment for Health, NH Charitable Foundation, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, and NH Department of Health and Human Services.
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