With its lakes, mountains and natural beauty, New Hampshire is often perceived as a haven for active outdoor living. In the state’s rural communities, however, many citizens struggle with health problems related to inactivity and sedentary lifestyles.
Plymouth State University has created the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities to address this problem. The Center aims to enhance active living, health and wellness in New Hampshire’s North Country and Lakes Region through education, research and community partnerships.
Active living supports economic vitality while reducing the economic burden of hypokinetic diseases, which are associated with inactivity. Because many rural communities lack funding, personnel and facilities for active leisure and transportation, their residents may not have access to resources and programs more readily available in non-rural areas.