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June 2022

MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Congratulations to our

High School Graduates!

There is a lot to celebrate this month as our high school seniors prepare to graduate. Remember to take time to have conversations with your kids about their experiences, accomplishments, and thoughts of their future. Before they head out to gatherings and parties with friends, take some time to talk about staying safe, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and not driving with anyone under the influence. Create a plan if they find themselves in an unsafe position.


It can be hard to have these conversations; here are a few resources to help. Some of the videos may be challenging for younger audiences or those who have experienced trauma, so preview the videos before showing them and starting your conversation.

Point of No Return Video

Point of No Return Video


This 30-minute film produced by Video Creations, Kennebunk, Maine, focuses on the dangers of underage drinking and driving as well as the impact of making a different decision along the way.

Maine Liquor Laws

Maine Liquor Laws Video


This 9-minute video focuses on  what adults and youth need to know regarding Maine's liquor laws.

Celebrating Dads!

Father's Day is June 19th 

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We know it isn’t easy to be a Dad, from changing diapers to finding the right thing to say to your kids when they are struggling. Dads are supposed to be strong and have the answers; they have a big role to fill in the eyes of their children and society. We know it isn’t easy, so we want to share this pep talk to help you Dads keep going: 

 

Adorable Girl Gives Pep Talk To Her  Father, Motivates Him As He Climbs Mountain (msn.com)

 

And when the going gets tough, it is ok for dad’s to get help and find support, here are some resources to help:

See Full Video

on Instagram Here

Healthy Fathers, Healthy Families (fatherhood.gov)

Maine Mental Health Services | Counseling| 211 Maine

June is National Safety Month

Use Medicines Safely

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When you’re sick, medicines can help you feel better and get well. But if you don’t follow the directions, medicines can harm you.


You can lower your chances of side effects from medicines by carefully following the directions on the medicine label or from your pharmacist, doctor, or nurse. Side effects may be mild, like an upset stomach. Other side effects--like damage to your liver--can be more serious. Some side effects can even be deadly.


Take these steps to avoid problems with medicines:

  • Follow the directions on the medicine label carefully
  • If you don’t understand the directions, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain them to you
  • Keep a list of all the medicines, vitamins, minerals, and herbs you use — and share this information with your doctor at your next checkup
  • Store your medicines in a cool, dry place where children and pets can’t see or reach them


To read the full article by the US Department of Health and Human Services, click the link below to visit MyHealthfinder.

MyHealthfinder - Full Article Here

Understanding Addiction,

Recovery, and Wellness

CHCC and Kennebunkport Public Health have partnered to bring education, awareness, and support to families, friends, and caring community members about substance use disorders monthly, on the second Thursday of each month at the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library in Kennebunkport. On June 9th at 4:00 pm, we have a special guest: Jason Antkies, LADC, CCS. 


Please join us for a conversation focusing on gaining insight into the internal conflicts that interfere with supporting loved ones through their addiction/recovery, recognizing triggers and developing coping skills, the power of self-care, and how to have tough conversations. We welcome your participation and experiences in the discussion.


If you have any questions, please contact Cheri Sullivan, csullivan29@une.edu, or (207) 602-3589.

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Jason is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Clinical Supervisor, working in the substance use and mental health field for 12 years. He is also a person in long-term recovery from substance use.


Jason practices empathy, compassion, and kindness to support individuals and families in their recovery journey. He strives to help people feel heard and seen and spread loving-kindness to all.

Thursday, June 9th at 4:00 pm

Second Thursday of Each Month

Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library, Kennebunkport

Summer is Here!

Is your yard lead safe?

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Young children are vulnerable to exposure to lead because of lead dust that gets on their hands from the floor, toys that contain lead, or from playing in the dirt. Now that kids are playing outside more, look for potential lead dust exposure.

Keep outdoor play areas away from old buildings and water runoff areas, and keep sandboxes covered to prevent lead contamination when not in use. If you live in a home or apartment built before 1978, test for lead. Click here to find affordable soil testing options. 

Remember to wash children’s hands often, after play and before eating, put up barriers to keep small children away from high-risk areas, and tell your pediatrician that your child may be at higher risk for lead poisoning if you live in an older home and get them tested.  *Pediatricians are required to test all children at their one and two-year well-child visits.


To view all educational videos on simple ways to prevent lead, visit CHCC’s webpage (linked here). For additional information on lead, visit the Maine CDC webpage (linked here) or the City of Biddeford webpage (linked here). 

Renovating? 

Be Informed & Don't Spread Lead!

Renovating: Be Lead Informed

Updates from SNAP-Ed

Farmers Markets Open for the Season in June!

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The Sanford-Springvale YMCA celebrated Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 30th. The event was free to the public and included organizations from the area that offered crafts, healthy snacks, starting sunflower seedlings, a basketball shoot-off, a buoy toss competition, and so much more! CHCC’s SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator Megan Letendre attended the event and provided a healthy trail mix station along with nutrition information.  

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Add some fun to

your summer food!

Click Here for this Fabulous Peach Salsa Recipe
Click Here for the USDA's Seasonal Produce Guide

June is Great Outdoors Month 

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PT Office Help Needed


CHCC has a part-time administrative opening for this summer (June-August). This is a flexible position, 15-20 hours per week, $20.00 an hour. This role will provide office support for a variety of tasks to assist the operations of CHCC. 


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Specifically, CHCC is looking for someone with strong Excel and Microsoft Word skills, familiar with budgets, tracking expenses, and preparing documents and reports for grant writing and reporting. Additional responsibilities include organizing online files and supporting event planning.

Click Here to Apply

Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition

207-602-3551

chcc@une.edu

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