Helping make Portland a healthier place to live, work, and play!
March 2015 - In This Issue:
Healthy Eating & Active Living
SNAP Ed in the News
Check out the great article featuring the Healthy Portland SNAP-Ed program.  Learn about the impact nutrition education is having on our community right here in Portland and across the state. There is some pretty amazing work being done through Healthy Maine Partnerships around the state!

Choose School Lunch Campaign

One of the priorities  is supporting and coordinating the Mayor's Initiative for a Healthy and Sustainable Food System. Part of this work is to get the amount of locally produced and harvested foods used by Portland Public Schools to 50% by 2016. In order to achieve this, partners launched a campaign last month to help highlight how much local food is already on the menu and to get more kids to participate in the program.  Click  here  for more information!

5210 Let's Go!
The 2014 Let's Go! annual report is here!   2014 was a year of widespread, positive change for the Let's Go! Program. The new annual report details healthy eating and active living success stories from across the state. Once you take a look inside, you'll know why we're celebrating. - Check out the full report here!
Substance Abuse 
March is Gambling Awareness Month
 March has become one of the biggest occasions to gamble with the popularity of college basketball and March Madness. Have the conversation around problem gambling. Problem gambling is a disorder that affects all aspects of life from relationship with families, work performance and emotional well being. Take control of your gambling and find out more about the signs and symptoms of problem gambling and the Maine Self Exclusion Program. For more information and resources : Dial 2-1-1 or visit www.211maine.org

Clean Air is Everyone's Responsibility
Smoke-free environments affect social norms by influencing people's attitudes and beliefs about tobacco use.  Healthy Portland created a convenient rack card reminding Portland residents that clean air is everyone's responsibility, and includes a list of Portland's smoke-free ordinances governing outdoor areas. To receive free copies for your business or establishment, contact Healthy Portland, 874-8449.

Healthy Homes
Get Your FREE Lead Dust Test Kit Today!

Ordering a free lead dust test kit is an easy way to find out if you have dust from lead paint in your home so you can take some simple steps to keep your child safe from lead.

  • The kit is simple to use and takes about ten minutes to do. 
  • The kit and results are completely free of charge.
  • Results will be mailed to you in about 2 weeks.
  • An expert will call you if you have a lead dust problem and talk with you about what to do to solve it.
To order your free lead dust testing kit, call 541-6957


Learn more about lead poisoning prevention!


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