Making the healthy choice, the easy choice!
 Healthy Portland is a coalition of health care organizations, nonprofit agencies, schools, law enforcement, and community members. The coalition's purpose is to create lasting changes in our community that reduce tobacco use, increase physical activity, promote healthy eating, and prevent underage drinking and substance abuse through implementation of policy, systems and environmental changes.  
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Welcome Kristen
Tobacco-Free USM
Complete Streets
 

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Welcome Back Kristen
We have some exciting news to share!  Kristen Dow has re-joined our team here at Healthy Portland.   Kristen previously worked at Healthy Portland for four years before moving on to Maine General where for the past year she has focused on worksite wellness and health coaching.  We couldn't be more excited to have her back as our Program Coordinator.  Please join us in welcoming her back to Portland!

USM Campus Goes Tobacco-Free

 

Congratulations USM for making your campus a healthier community! Click here  to learn more about the new Tobacco-Free Policy. 

 


Portland Passes New Complete Streets Plan

 In December the Portland City Council unanimously adopted a Complete Streets policy for the City. The new transportation will ensure full consideration and balance of the needs of all users of the street including motorists, pedestrians, transit riders, bicyclists, commercial vehicles and emergency responders.

This policy will help ensure that an eight-year-old or an 80-year-old can move around our community as easily and safely as anyone else, thus helping to make the healthy choice the easy choice for more Portlanders.

Adoption of this policy completes a year-long effort to develop a complete streets policy that fits the community.

Support for the initiative was provided by the Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant awarded to the Healthy Portland program to prevent obesity and the Environmental Protection Agency's Sustainable Communities Building Blocks program.  

 

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City Hall Red

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 1, 2013, marks the 10th Year of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women´┐Żmovement - 10 years of fighting to save women's lives from heart disease. While the progress has been significant, there's a long way to go. Here's why:

 

Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3deaths each year.

 

Heart disease kills more women than men, at an average rate of one death per minute.

 

Heart disease kills more women than all kinds of cancer combined.

 

At City Hall, we're ready to rise to the challenge and make this year a turning point in the fight against heart disease.  And we're counting on you to join with us.

 

Healthy Portland urges you to play your part. Here's how:

 

  • Wear red on Feb.1st and join Mayor Brennan on the steps of City Hall at 11 a.m.
  • Make our community aware of heart disease, its deadly impact on women and how we can fight back.
  • Walk the talk by being physically active, eating a heart-healthy diet and learning about heart disease and its risk factors.
  • Invite others to get involved so we can advance further, faster.

  

City Hall will be lit red for the month of February to show support and raise awareness.  Join Mayor Brennan on the front steps of City Hall on the 1st at 11 a.m. to show your support. Don't forget to wear red!  

For more information about the movement and women's heart health, click here.

Together, we can end heart disease. Women Go Red.

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