healthy eating

pea podAlong with physical activity, proper nutrition is a key component in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

With the growing concern about the rise of obesity in children and teens, we seek to increase access and create opportunities for community members to eat healthier foods.

Access Health’s Efforts

  • Assist in creating policies that support healthy eating
  • Provide mini-grants to organizations (schools, worksites, clubs, etc.) to make changes that support healthy eating such as gardens, refrigerators, healthy snacks, etc.
  • Increase awareness of local resources and increase educational opportunities within our community
  • Provide Maine SNAP Ed cooking and nutrition classes for adults and kids through funding from UNE, MEDHHS and USDA (see Our Funders)
  • Offer healthy food and cooking tips and tricks in ways that are fun for all ages
  • Coordinate with Mid Coast Hospital’s Lets Go! 5-2-1-0 healthy eating and activity program for local schools and day care providers
  • Assist local farmers’ markets to accept food stamps
  • Assist towns to offer healthier choices at sites that sell food and beverages

Join us to support healthy eating in our community! For more information, or to become involved in local efforts, contact Tasha Gerken at 373-6958.

Helpful Links

Helpful Handouts

Local Resources

National Resources 

Our Funders

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Maine SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented through a contract with the University of New England (UNE). Utilizing the Healthy Maine Partnership agencies statewide as access points for SNAP-Ed delivery, we strive to educate Maine SNAP recipients on low cost, healthy eating and active lifestyles.


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