Healthy Aroostook is dedicated to creating a community that supports healthy nutrition and active living for both youth and adults. Nutrition and physical activity are important and essential parts of a healthy lifestyle, but many of us struggle to make them a priority. Below we’ve listed a few of the challenges we face. That’s why we’re working with local organizations to increase awareness and promote healthy habits around these daily elements. At Healthy Aroostook, our collaborated team is here to help you learn what foods to eat and how to get the movement your body craves.
Through afterschool programs, worksite wellness programs, senior programs, local organizational programs and more, we aim to connect our community with the benefits of a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.
Healthy Aroostook collaborates with other local organizations, schools, and entities to form partnerships that offer physical activity and healthy eating nutrition programs and opportunities to adults and youth in the Southern and Central Aroostook area.
- A Matter of Balance – a program for seniors specifically designed to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and improve activity levels among community-dwelling older adults.
- Physical Activity Guide – A Guide to Physical Activity sites in Aroostook County (Click here to download PDF of guide)
- Let’s Go Aroostook – an initiative that promotes healthy lifestyle choices for children, youth, and adults
- Aroostook Outdoors – a resource that provides information on activities and non-motorized trails for outdoor activities
- After school programs that offer such activities as cross-country skiing
- Trail development in Southern and Central Aroostook
- Worksite wellness programs
Healthy Eating and Nutritional Programs and Opportunities:
- Healthy Aroostook Nutrition Project (SNAP-Ed)
- Senior nutrition classes
- 5-2-1-0. Let’s Go Aroostook!
- Support nutrition programs in schools and work to improve school nutrition policies
- Improve the nutritional quality of foods offered in vending machines and concession stands
- Collaborate with area farms to include locally grown foods in the school lunch program
- After-school programs to include healthy snacks and healthy cooking classes
- Offer free fruits and vegetables to students and staff members
- Promote fundraisers that don’t include the sale of unhealthy foods
- Healthy ways of celebrating holidays and birthdays instead of the traditional cakes and candies that are brought into the classroom
- 68.1% of adults in Maine did not exercise 20+ minutes of vigorous physical activity three or more days per week. What changes can be made to incorporate more physical activity into your routine?
- 37.7% of Maine adults in 2007 were classified as overweight with another 25.2% classified as obese. How can we get more nutritional and affordable meals on our table?
- More than 71% of Maine adults consumed fruits and vegetables less than 5 times a day. Fruits and vegetables can be a great snack with great added benefits.
- 93.3% of Maine youth did not attend daily physical education classes. 12.8% of Maine youth are obese and 79.6% ate fruits and vegetables less than 5 times a day. What are some ways we can get our kids to eat more fruits and veggies?