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2009-2010 Accomplishments

Tobacco Prevention/Cessation/Secondhand Smoke

-     Worked with District Tobacco Coordinator (DTC) to partner with MSAD 75, RSU 1, and Brunswick School system to strengthen tobacco related policies and procedures that are currently in place.

-     Collaborated with DTC to promote Not on Tobacco (NOT) Program, including a new online pilot program and alternatives-to-suspension programs to local schools.

-     Worked with DTC to develop and provide tobacco education and evidence-based quit sessions to Bath Iron Works (BIW) Corporation employees at five BIW facilities.

-     Offered technical assistance to worksites to provide support for employees wanting to quit tobacco use.

-     Collaborated with Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA) to integrate tobacco prevention/ intervention into substance abuse prevention programs offered at area schools.

-     Provided Thinking about Quitting sessions to clients at Addiction Resource Center and Tedford Housing.

-     Partnered with Curtis Memorial and Patten Free Libraries to strengthen tobacco policies and signage.

-     Worked with DTC to begin work with Bath Parks and Recreation to develop smoke-free parks policy.

-     Presented to members of Midcoast Landlord Association with DTC about advantages of smoke-free housing and offered technical assistance. Also did follow-up mailing to all Midcoast Landlord members.

-     DTC delivered Confident Conversations tobacco use intervention workshop, for WIC staff and others.

-     DTC developed flyer about tobacco use and Smoke Free Homes Pledge and sent to 500 childcare providers.


Encourage Healthy Eating

-     Nutrition News written and inserted in fall and winter editions of all local school newsletters.  

-     Provided training to 5 day care facilities to develop nutrition guidelines.  As a result 2 have developed nutrition guidelines and offer healthier choices. 

-     Provided technical assistance to Head Start to pass a Nutrition Activities in the Classroom policy, ensuring nutrition education 2 times each month; and a Food for Center Functions policy, ensuring all functions involving food are consistent with Head Start nutrition standards.

-     Provided technical assistance to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, Riverview Foundation and Brunswick Recreation Department to establish a summer nutrition program, feeding 40-60 children each day of the program.

-     Collaborated with Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program to build 3 raised bed gardens on site.

-     Worked with Mid Coast Hospital and the Bath YMCA to develop a new version of Trim Kids called FUEL, an after school program for middle school children focused on physical activity and healthy eating.

-     Linked Bath Area Food Pantry, Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program and Bath Salvation Army with University of Maine Cooperative Extension to deliver nutrition education to clients.

-     Wrote 2 nutrition articles for Mid Coast Resource Development Center's newsletter reaching 294 providers and 366 community members with each mailing.

-     Trained 6 Head Start staff in Motivational Interviewing, focused on talking with parents about obesity.

-     Worked with Mid Coast Hospital wellness team to establish monthly wellness bulletin boards featuring a nutrition tip, stretch and mental health quote.


Increase Physical Activity


-     Worked with Physical Education teachers at Brunswick elementary schools and parent volunteers to establish year round monthly walk and bike to school days.  Distributed and obtained surveys from 334 parents regarding barriers to walking and biking to school and presented to Brunswick School Board. 

-     Established an after school bike program at Mt. Ararat Middle School. Run fall and spring.  This is a collaboration of Bowdoin College, MSAD 75, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, DOT and local volunteers.

-     Collaborated with Mid Coast Hospital Wellness team to establish a fitness facility at the Senior  Health  Center, providing a physical activity opportunity to employees on this off-site campus.

-     Coordinated 2 Matter of Balance coach trainings resulting in 10 trained coaches.  Sent 2 Mid Coast Hospital staff to become Matter of Balance Master Trainers.  Numerous classes have been offered as a result.  Matter of Balance is an evidenced-based program for older adults designed to reduce fear of falling and improve activity levels.

-     Worked with Morse High School in Bath to open school for indoor walking during the winter months.

-     Provided technical assistance to Head Start to develop and pass a sun safety policy.

-     Continue active membership and involvement in the following local trail groups: Bowdoinham Walking, Biking, Paddling Group, Brunswick-Topsham Androscoggin Riverwalk Advisory Committee, Merry Meeting Trails, and Bath Trails.

-     Updated Mid Coast Area Physical Activity guide.

-     Made multiple additions to the Healthy Maine Walks website.

-     Promoted numerous existing physical activity opportunities.


Promote Chronic Disease Management

-     Diabetes PSA's aired on Harpswell and Brunswick local cable throughout the month of November. 

-     Partnered with United Way of Mid Coast Maine to update 2-1-1 with additional chronic disease supports. 

-     Promoted Keep ME Well program, a free online individual health assessment.

-     Planned and conducted chronic disease self management gap analysis forum to identify gaps in chronic disease management supports in our local service area. 19 in attendance. Results being compiled.

-     Delivered several In a Heart Beat presentations to worksites, at-risk groups and at Go Red event. 

-     Partnered with local health officers to populate health information kiosks at town halls in service area.

Promote Worksite Wellness 

-    Promoted Healthy Maine Works, a free online wellness program assessment, to over 100 worksites.

-     Worked with 3 businesses to complete assessment.

-     Offered technical assistance to businesses seeking to improve employee wellness/policy development.

-     Contribute articles about worksite wellness to Chamber Connections newsletter on a monthly basis.

Coordinate Youth Advocacy Program ( YAP)

-     Worked with 12 local high school YAP students at the 2009 Maine Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) Peer Leadership Conference and Anti-Tobacco Summit where they learned how to advocate for change, network, and gain resources about local and statewide initiatives.

-     Assisted YAP students from Mt. Ararat, Brunswick, and Freeport in planning and staging an anti-tobacco company rally outside L.L. Bean, to stop targeting youth.

-     Guided YAP students at Mt. Ararat high school in coordinating a presentation via announcement for Alcohol Awareness Week.

-     Deliver Media Smart program to students at Bath Middle and Mt. Ararat Middle Schools.  Media Smart is an evidence-based, interactive program that incorporates nutrition and physical activity and relates those topics to the influence of the media.

-     Supported Brunswick YAP in coordinating and delivering a series of video recordings titled Tobacco Free Tuesday that aired school wide every Tuesday for 7 weeks.

-     Assisted Brunswick high YAP in implementation of a Kick Butt?s Day event  in which students displayed 7 bodies each day for the week illustrating lives lost in Maine every day from tobacco related deaths. This event was featured in The Times Record.

-     Supported the Mt. Ararat high school YAP group in organizing a 4-week series of events called Wellness Wednesday.  At events all students are given an opportunity to participate in various physical activities.

MAPP Assessment (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships)

-     Completed the following assessment phases to date: Community Visioning, Community Themes and Strengths, Local Public Health Systems Assessment, and Community Health Status Assessment.

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