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NAFH builds, enhances, and helps to sustain infrastructure through environmental and policy strategies for opportunities and access to physical activity and health nutrition on multiple levels: communities, schools, worksites, and health care settings.


NAFH Team 

Left to right: Brian Coyle, Mihaela Johnson, Holly Dingman, Betsey Heidrick
and Bruce Rowe.

Bruce Rowe
NAFH Program Manager

Bruce RoweBruce Rowe serves as the Program Manager for the Nebraska Nutrition Activity for Health (NAFH) Program. His role includes NAFH communication with internal and external partners, staff management, budgeting, strategic planning, program development and evaluation.  He is a 1970 graduate of the University of Minnesota and began his public health career in 1971.  He has served in Minnesota and Nebraska at both the county and state levels and his roles have included public health program development and implementation, population-based and front-line public health service provision, and management of major state agency divisions such as Family Health Services, Disease Prevention & Control, and Preventive Health and Public Wellness.  Bruce enjoys sports, music, hiking, cooking, home projects, and travel with his wife and daughters. Contact Bruce at

Holly Dingman
NAFH Nutrition Coordinator

Holly DingmanHolly Dingman is the Nutrition Coordinator for the Nebraska Nutrition and Activity for Health Program and is a Registered Dietitian.  Her position involves working with partners to improve the nutrition environment, policies and support across community settings.  She is also the Nebraska Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Coordinator and promotes Fruits and Veggies-More Matters, a national initiative to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.  She received her MS in Human Nutrition from Colorado State University and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dietetic Internship Program.  She enjoys teaching group fitness classes and spending time with her husband, their two young daughters, and Doberman. Contact Holly at

Brian Coyle
NAFH Physical Activity Coordinator

Brian CoyleBrian Coyle is the Nebraska Nutrition and Activity for Health Program's physical activity coordinator.  His position involves outreach, health education, technical assistance and grants management for the promotion of physical activity within several settings including: communities, worksites, schools, and health care settings.  He received his BS in Sports Science from Briar Cliff University and his Masters in Public Health from Des Moines University.  He is active locally and nationally with several coalitions including the National Society of Physical Activity Practitioners in Public Health.  In his off time, Brian enjoys spending time with his son and wife, and is an avid cyclist. Contact Brian at

Mihaela Johnson
NAFH Epidemiology Surveillance Coordinator

Mihaela JohnsonMihaela Johnson serves as the epidemiology surveillance coordinator for the Nutrition and Activity for Health (NAFH) Program. She provides data support to internal and external partners and oversees the Nebraska Physical Activity State Plan evaluation activities. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Health Communication and Research from Florida State University, where she also competed in the varsity women's tennis team. Before joining DHHS, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania working on cancer prevention and smoking cessation. For hobbies, Mihaela enjoys outdoor activities (running, playing tennis and racquetball), watching movies and traveling to new places with her husband. Contact Mihaela Johnson at
Betsey Heidrick
State Plan Communications Coordinator

Betsey HeidrickBetsey Heidrick serves as the State Plan Communications Coordinator for the Nutrition Activity for Health (NAFH) Program. Her role includes communicating the State Plan to internal and external partners, managing the Partners N Health website, public relations, and strategic planning and communication. Betsey is a 2011 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Marketing, Communications, and Advertising at UNL with a special emphasis on food marketing and obesity prevention. Betsey is an avid runner and golfer, and enjoys cooking, sewing, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. Contact Betsey at


The Nebraska Nutrition and Activity for Health (NAFH) Program receives federal funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 93.283, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention.

Partnership and collaboration is critical in our effort to increase physical activity and proper nutrition in Nebraska. We are continually seeking partners and stakeholders to help execute the goals and objectives laid out in the Nebraska Physical Activity and Nutrition State Plan. If you or your organization is interested in becoming a partner or stakeholder, please contact us.

We look forward to working with you and/or your organization as we move toward a healthier Nebraska.

For more information, contact the NAFH staff at (402) 471-2101.

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