Helping make Portland a healthier place to live, work, and play!
May 2015 - In This Issue:
Active Living
Sundays on the Boulevard are Back!
Following a successful inaugural season last year, the second
season of Sundays on the Boulevard  started on Sunday May 3, 2015. Baxter Boulevard,  with one of the best views in Portland,  will once again be transformed into an urban oasis for bike riding,  running, walking,  skateboarding and other recreational activities.   The road will be closed to cars on Sundays from May 3 through October 25, 9:00 AM - 4:00PM, from Vannah Avenue to Payson Park.   Click here for more info.

Healthy Eating
SNAP Ed Spring Recipe
Have you ever tried Kale Chips?  This healthy, nutrient packed snack is super quick and easy to make.  It's a Healthy Portland favorite.  All you need is Kale, olive oil, and your favorite seasonings like salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Click here for the recipe!

5210 Let's Go!

The Let's Go! program is once again partnering with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and Lands to make Maine State Parks Passes available to patients of Let's Go! registered community based primary care practices across the state.   Click here to learn more about the program and to see if you qualify for a FREE Maine State Parks Pass through your family's primary care office.
Substance Abuse 
Prescription Abuse Prevention 

Wondering where you can bring back your unused or expired prescription medications? There is a community drop box in Portland at the Police Station available 24 hours a day. Properly disposing of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications is a community effort:




Healthy Portland and the Overdose Prevention Project have created this flyer to notify community members of the prescription drug take back locations in their community. Please contact us if you would like more information or to get copies of this flyer.


Portland City Council Bans Electronic Cigarettes in Public Places


On April 27th, 2015, the Portland City Council voted to include various electronic smoking devices in the City Code's definition of smoking.  This change, effective May 27, 2015, means that these products are now prohibited in all locations where smoking is prohibited in City Code, including,  eating establishments (indoor and outdoor) and outdoor locations that are currently smoke-free including parks and open spaces, trails, beaches, athletic facilities and playgrounds. 


Healthy Portland staff are working to notify businesses and organizations impacted by this change as well as to educate residents and visitors about Portland's smoke-free spaces.  Click here and go to ARTICLE V. REGULATION OF TOBACCO, to see the relevant section of Portland's City Code.


What are Electronic Smoking Devices?


Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are battery operated devices often designed to look like a conventional cigarette. The devices are used to inhale a vaporized liquid solution that frequently contains nicotine. A press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dated September 5, 2014 says that e-cigarette use more than doubled among U.S. middle and high school students from 2011-2012. The increasing popularity of electronic smoking devices, combined with loopholes in some existing control laws, have the potential to re-normalize tobacco use.


The journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research has published a new study that focuses on middle and high school students who have never smoked cigarettes but who have used e-cigarettes.  Among students who never smoked a cigarette but who had used an e-cigarette at least once, 43.9% had an intention to smoke conventional cigarettes.


A major concern for public health advocates is the potential for youth to begin using e-cigarettes under the belief that e-cigarettes are safe, then develop an addiction to nicotine which leads to traditional tobacco use. By prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in places where traditional cigarettes are already prohibited, we are able to reinforce the message that nicotine is addictive and no nicotine product is completely safe.


Healthy Portland
134 Congress St. 
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207-874-8618