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From the Director's Desk
Sun screen safety
Repel Ticks
Safe Summer Grilling
Smoke Free Parks
Protect yourself from the heat
Talk. They Listen.

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Garlicky Grilled Vegetables

Makes: 6 servings



2 Tablespoons canola or other vegetable oil

2 garlic clove (finely chopped)

3 sweet potatoes (cut into 1-inch slices)

3 corn cobs (cut into 2-inch sections)

1 eggplant (cut into 1/2-inch slices)

12 green onions (trimmed)



1. Mix oil and garlic in a large bowl. Add vegetables and toss.

2. Place vegetables in a broiler pan or fine mesh rack on the grill.  Cook 10 minutes, turning twice until tender.

3. Place vegetables on platter.  Serve.


Adapted from USDA Mixing Bowl recipe by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2015.


Nutrition Information


Total Calories: 190

Total Fat: 5 g

Saturated Fat: 0 g

Protein: 5 g

Carbohydrate: 36 g

Dietary Fiber: 8 g

Sodium: 45 mg 

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Jim Peavey, United Way 
Craig Phillips,  Tedford Shelter
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Summer 2015

From the Director's Desk

We hope your summer is off to a great start, and that you have many fun and healthy plans through August.  Our summer issue is full of tips to keep you safe and healthy during these sun soaked days - and not burned or bug bitten. Slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen, slap on a hat and have a GREAT summer!

Melissa Fochesato

Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids

Summer, Sun, Safety, and Fun! 

Jennah Godo, MS 



School is nearly out and it's time for the beach, summer camps, sprinklers and being outdoors!  When we think of summer fun, we don't want to think about sunburns and how painful and damaging they can be, especially to a child.  While many like a good sun kissed look on their face and bodies, it is important to realize what sun damage can do to us, especially as it is repeated. 


There are lots of ways to keep you and your family safe in the summer sun. Check out this Consumer Reports sunscreen buying guide, view the CDC's Sun Safety Tips and test your own knowledge about sun safety, you might be surprised to see what you learn!

Have a sun safe and fun summer with your family!

 Healthy Homes

Repel Ticks with these Property Tips
Terry Sherman


Like humans, deer ticks prefer a certain environment to thrive. One way to minimize the tick population around your home is to change landscaping they find beneficial. Management of the habitat should focus on the areas frequently used by the family, not necessarily the entire property.  Clearing leaf litter and using a 3 foot wood chip barrier helps to reduce ticks on the lawn. Move children's swing sets and sand boxes away from the woodland edge and place them on a wood chip or mulch type foundation. Trim tree branches and shrubs around the lawn edge to let in more sunlight. Keep grass mowed. For more information log onto MMC Lyme disease info

Healthy Eating
Safe Summer Grilling

Tasha Gerken, MS, RD

SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator


Grilling season brings the urge to show off your burger-flipping skills and infuse your favorite foods with that fantastic charcoal taste of outdoor cooking.  But, even the best of us occasionally sacrifice food safety when we help ourselves to potato salad that sat out all day in the summer heat or reuse an unwashed plate used to carry raw chicken to the grill.  Doing so could bring on unwanted foodborne illness and who wants to spend their hard-earned vacation days being sick?  Cookout foods most often associated with foodborne illness include mayo-based salads (egg, chicken, potato/pasta, seafood), undercooked chicken and hamburgers, deli meat, and poorly washed cut fruits and vegetables, particularly melons (slicing the knife from the dirt-covered exterior through the sterile melon flesh drags bacteria into the fruit).


Here are some tips from the USDA to help you remember the basics of food safety:

  • Clean: Start with clean hands (wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, touching garbage, or playing with pets).  Also, wash food prep surfaces and utensils frequently.  Rinse all of your fruits and vegetables in water, even prewashed greens, avocados, melon, bananas and other produce you peel before eating.
  • Separate: Avoid cross contamination by washing up after handling raw meat, poultry, or fish, and don't use the same utensils or cutting boards for other foods without thoroughly cleaning them.  To clean, wash with soap and water that is hot enough to require gloves.
  • Cook: Heat adequately - the general rule is that all poultry (duck, chicken, turkey) should be cooked to 165 degrees; ham, pork, eggs, and ground beef to 160 degrees; and fin fish and beef (medium rare) should reach 145 degrees.  Use a thermometer in the thickest part of the meat to check doneness.
  • Chill: Refrigerate uneaten food promptly, and if items like meat, eggs, cut fruit/veggies, dairy, deli-salads, and rice dishes sit longer than 2 hours at room temperature (1 hour in temperatures that exceed 90 degrees), throw them out.   Keep foods out of the "danger zone" (40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit), to minimize bacteria growth.  Thaw frozen meat, fish, or poultry under cold water or store overnight in the fridge - never thaw at room temperature. 

Follow these tips so you can enjoy your cookout and the days afterward!

Breathe Easy - You're in Maine!
Linda Christie

These days there is a great deal of awareness among the general public about the detrimental effects of secondhand smoke. This increased awareness has led to a growing movement in Maine to make outdoor spaces and events tobacco-free.


In addition to protecting people's health, there are other benefits to making outdoor spaces and events tobacco-free. It also sends a clear message that helps to establish a community norm that tobacco use in public places is not acceptable. This is especially important to convey to young people. It also reduces cigarette litter thus saving on maintenance expenses.


In the greater Bath/Brunswick area there are many tobacco-free events including the Topsham Fair, the Highland Games and Bath Heritage Days. In addition, the parks and recreation departments in Topsham, Brunswick and Bath all have policies that apply 24/7.


So go out and enjoy the clean, smoke-free air and have fun. It's summertime in Maine!

Physical Activity

Protect Yourself from the Heat

Colleen Fuller, MPH

When being physically active outdoors this summer, make sure to stay properly hydrated and prevent heat-related illnesses. There are three main types of heat-related illnesses - heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

  • Heat cramps are painful muscle contractions. Unlike other heat-related illnesses, your body temperature may still be in the normal range when suffering from heat cramps. 
  • Heat exhaustion is when your body temperature rises as high as 104 F. You may also experience other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headache, weakness, and cold, clammy skin. If left untreated, this can lead to heatstroke.

If you suspect you have heat cramps or heat exhaustion, stop exercising immediately and get out of the heat. To cool off, remove excess clothing, place cool, damp towels or ice packs on the neck, and drink fluids.

  • Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition. Symptoms of heat-stroke include: an extremely high body temperature above 104?F; red, hot, and dry skin and no sweating; rapid pulse; confusion; dizziness; nausea; extreme headache; and unconsciousness.

If you suspect that you or someone around you has heat stroke, call 911 or get immediate medical help. You can try to cool the person by spraying them with cool water or placing wet towels on them, but do not give them water or sports drink. Heat stroke sufferers will need fluids via an IV.


How can you prevent heat-related illnesses? 

  • Watch the temperature and time of day. Avoid the midday sun, when the temperatures tend to be the hottest. Try to plan your physical activity during the cooler times of the day.
  • Get acclimated. If you are switching from indoor to outdoor activity, take it easy at first. Slowly increase the length and intensity of your activity over two weeks.
  • Know your fitness level and medical risks. Don't push yourself beyond your fitness or health level in the heat.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink fluids. Proper hydration is crucial to keeping your body cool.
  • Dress appropriately. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing to keep you cooler.

To learn about other heat-related illnesses, please visit the US CDC.

Tips for talking with teens

Melissa Fochesato 

School's out and summer's in! Teens everywhere look forward to the freedom summer brings. However, this increased freedom can also mean an increased risk for underage drinking. In fact, the average first use of alcohol by young people in the United States peaks in June and July (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).


As the school year ends and summer begins, parents may have more time to connect with their children and more opportunities to have meaningful talks. SAMHSA's app "Talk. They Hear You." can help parents prepare for one of the most important conversations they may ever have. This free app features an interactive simulation that uses avatars to help parents practice bringing up the topic of alcohol, the questions to ask, and get ideas for keeping the conversation going.

For more ideas on syncing with your teen to prevent underage drinking and alchohol use, visit our Parent Tip page:
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Brunswick, ME  04011
Phone: 207-373-6957