Access Health works with community partners to contribute to the health and well being of our communities through tobacco prevention & cessation, secondhand smoke reduction, physical activity & healthy eating promotion, chronic disease management, substance abuse prevention and lead poisoning prevention.
Being Physically Active in the Midcoast is Easy!
Access Health is always looking for new and exciting activities that promote an active and healthy lifestyle. Check out the newly revised and downloadable Physical Activity Guide for the Mid Coast Area. This FREE resource is full of great ideas to keep you moving through the whole year! Have you always wanted to take a yoga class, but don’t know where to go? Looking to get back on your bike, but need a tune up from a bike shop? Not only does this guide offer ideas for fun things to do for the whole family, but also provides contact information and a general menu of offerings that the particular business or location offers. Other section’s in the guide include: indoor walking routes, playground locations, area farmers markets, and even pick-your-own produce locations! This guide is a sure way to help you meet your health and wellness goals!
Lead Poisoning a Threat for Small Children
If you live in an older home or apartment, your family could be a risk for lead poisoning. Young children that live in housing built before 1950 are most at risk. Lead dust can remain in homes for a long time, collecting on surfaces where children put their hands and play. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause learning disabilities, behavior problems, hearing damage, language or speech delays, and lower intelligence.
There are new programs and resources available to make sure you are living in a healthy, lead safe home.
FREE Lead Test Kits: As part of Maine’s effort to prevent childhood lead poisoning, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is offering all parents of children born in 2012 a free home lead dust test kit. Read more.
Lead Safe Housing Search: The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has launched a new Lead Safe Housing Registry. The registry, MaineHousingSearch is a free online rental listing service that links people who need housing with the housing they need. In addition to listing the location, rental fees and other criteria of the unit, the service also indicates whether there is a tobacco policy in place and now, whether it is considered to be lead safe or lead maintained. Read the news release.
Mid Coast Hospital Nature Trail Map – A guide to the 3,300 feet of prepared walking paths through the forested wetlands area between Mid Coast Hospital and the protected estuary and salt water marshes of Thompson’s Brook.
Midcoast Ride Finder – An excellent resource linking people to transportation in the Midcoast region
Every day is a chance to improve your health, and the health of America. Watch this short video from the American Public Health Association (1:48 minutes) for some simple ideas.
What is public health? Clean water, smoke free restaurants, sidewalks, bike lanes, farmer's markets and more! Watch This is Public Health for entertaining examples of public health in our lives.
Access Health is one of 26Healthy Maine Partnershipsoffering local public health services arount the state of Maine. Our service area covers Sagadahoc County, Brunswick & Harpswell.
Access Health partners with many community partners to encourage and support healthy choices, including:
Sagadahoc County Board of Health, Coordinated School Health Programs of MSAD 75 & RSU 1, Colleges, Faith Community, Fitness Centers, Healthcare Centers and Hospitals, Libraries, Local Businesses, Non Profit Organizations, Recreation Departments, Law Enforcement, Schools, Youth and more!
The Healthy Maine Partnership project is a collaborative effort among 26 local coalitions, the Maine DHHS (Maine CDC and Office of Substance Abuse) and DOE, supported primarily by the Fund for Healthy Maine with federal grants from the US CDC, SAMHSA, and DOE.
Mid Coast Hospital is the lead agency for Access Health