Along 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.
- Healthy Brown Bag Lunches – budget friendly choices for each day of the week
- Anywhere Exercises – top five exercises you can do ANYWHERE!
- Healthy Shopping – tips to help you save time, save money and eat healthier
- Access Health Pinterest – full of healthy recipes!
- Fresh Local Foods – Midcoast sources for local food
- Healthy Local Recipes – Healthy recipes from Bath and Brunswick restaurants
- Weight Management Resources – a list of local programs
- Maine SNAP-Ed – learn how to shop, prepare, cook and eat healthy food on a tight budget
- Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 – Resources to increase healthy eating and physical activity
- Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets – find local farmers’ markets and at which farmers’ markets you can use
- Merrymeeting Food Council – a collaborative network of farmers, non-profits, businesses, government, and individuals working together in Maine to advance a thriving, resilient food system
- Choosemyplate.gov – The USDA is encouraging Americans to balance their calories by enjoying their food, but eating less and avoiding oversize portions
- Nutrition Basics – From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- American Dietetic Association – Food and nutrition topics
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.