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 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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Let's Go! Recognition
Portland Farm-to-School Grant
Winter Farmers' Market

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November 2012

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Portland Child Cares Recognized for Supporting Healthy Eating & Active Living

Let's Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program that started right here in Portland, Maine.  Let's Go! is a community-wide effort to promote healthy living for children, youth and families. Its goal is to increase physical activity and healthy eating for children from birth to age 18. The message of Let's Go! is "5-2-1-0 Every Day," which means: 5 or more servings of fruits & veggies, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks.


With funding from the United Way of Greater Portland, we have been able to work directly with child cares, schools, and after school programs in Portland.  Last year, we had seven child care sites receive recognition awards for supporting healthy eating and active living.  This year, we are continuing to work with all of Portland's registered schools, child cares, and after school programs to help them earn recognition awards! 


Child Care Recognition Awards



Catherine Morrill Day Nursery

St. Elizabeth's Child Development

Youth and Family Outreach



Shunk Child Care

Trinity Day School

East End Child Development Center - Great Atlantic Classroom

Sagamore Child Development Center



Portland Schools Recipient of Farm-to-School Grant


Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, today announced that Portland Public Schools would receive a $100,000 grant from the USDA to support and expand its farm-to-school programs.

Even with a tight budget, Portland has demonstrated an incredible commitment to feeding students healthy, locally produced food whenever possible, said Pingree. This Farm-to-School grant will help them build on that success to further increase their purchasing from local growers and producers. Its an investment with great returns for our students and local economy, but wont have to come out of local property taxes.

In September, Pingree hosted a visit by USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan to the Reiche School in Portland. They had lunch with students, toured the school garden, and talked to officials about their farm-to-school programs. Pictures are available to download at

With the grant funding, Portland Schools plans to increase student consumption of local food and increase public awareness and community engagement in its efforts.

Plans include:

� Updating kitchen equipment, certifications, and training to handle more processing of local ingredients;

� Experiential learning activities, including school gardens, agriculture clubs, curriculum, taste testing, andchef-to-school programs; and

� Holding an annual Local Food Show for the public to exhibit farms, recipes and student projects related to farm-to-school programs.


Portland's Winter Farmers' Market December 1st!

This Saturday you won't find your local farmers down in Deering Oaks Park. They'll  be indoors at the Irish Heritage Center. 



The Winter Farmers' Market season begins Saturday, December 1st. Each Saturday the market will be open from 9am - 1pm at the Irish Heritage Center. 


Like last year, SNAP-EBT cards will be accepted through the farmers' market information booth. Credit cards too! 


A great source for  locally and organically grown vegetables, meat, cheese, lacto-fermented vegetables, milk, yogurt, kefir, eggs, tempeh, oil, and more all winter long!                        


The Irish Heritage Center is located at the corner of High Street and Gray Street in Portland's West End.  

Winter Farmers' Market


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