Health Promotion

Health Promotion Program
Bangor
Region Public Health and Wellness
a division of Bangor Health and Community Services

Prevention through promotion of healthy behaviors is the program’s main focus.  Through schools, workplaces and community settings, staff works to deliver simple health information and easy-to-implement behaviors that collectively improve the health of our region.  We are one of 28 Healthy Maine Partnerships in the state.

The program is part of a larger state-wide effort to create local public health systems throughout Maine.  The partnership’s advisory board (the Public Health Advisory Board) is comprised of individuals from organizations and stakeholder groups with expertise in healthcare, behavioral health, business, government, education, social services, youth, elders, and other populations to ensure a collaborative public health system in greater Bangor.

Towns served include: Bangor, Brewer, Clifton, Eddington, Glenburn, Hampden, Hermon, Holden, Newburgh, Orono, Orrington, and Veazie.

We Can Help You!

  • Connecting you to community resources
  • Adopting policies in your workplace, school, or community that foster healthy living
  • Speaking to groups, attending resource fairs
  • Providing you with resources on physical activity, nutrition, sun exposure, tobacco, substance abuse disorders, chronic disease management and prevention

What You Do Matters!

You are your child’s biggest role model!  By modeling healthy behaviors you are the greatest factor in your child’s future and in building their foundation for a healthy life.

5-2-1-0!  Get moving and eat right!

Obesity and tobacco each kill about six Maine people every day.  Childhood obesity becomes adult obesity and then turns into chronic disease—disease for a lifetime.

  • Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day—29% of school-aged children eat less than one serving a day of vegetables that are not fried
  • Limit TV or computer time to two hours or less a day—21.5% of Maine adults have a completely sedentary lifestyle
  • Get one hour or more of physical activity a day—more  than 36% of Maine youth do not participate in vigorous physical activity on three days or more each week
  • Drink zero sweetened beverages—one 20 ounce soda has 17 teaspoons of sugar .

Visit www.5210goestoschool.org for more information

Be Mindful of Your Own Substance Use

  • Do you ask your kids to grab you a drink from the refrigerator?
  • Do you consider use of alcohol to be a rite of passage that can’t be avoided?
  • Do you model using alcohol as a stress reduction tool?
  • Does your child observe you drinking more than 2 or 3 drinks on any one occasion?

Your attitudes and behavior influences the attitudes and behavior of your children.  You may be sending them mixed messages through your own use of alcohol.

Young people who begin drinking before age 17 are twice as likely to develop alcohol dependence as those who begin drinking at age 21. Those who begin by age 15 are more than four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence.  Visit www.maineparents.net for more information.

Live Tobacco Free

There is nothing healthy about tobacco!  Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death.

Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke in homes, cars and other environments can suffer serious health problems, resulting in $8 million to $11.5 million a year in medical-related expenses—and they are more likely to begin smoking.  Do them a favor and ‘Call It Quits’ with the Maine Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-207-1230.  Visit www.tobaccofreemaine.org for more information.

It All Begins With Youth!

We work to integrate the voice of youth into everything we do.  It’s the way to impact generations of change.

  • Youth influence their parents and other adults
  • Youth capture the attention of decision makers
  • Youth motivate others
  • Youth attract news and media coverage
  • Youth serve as role models and peer educators
  • Youth are our future

Visit www.myan.org for more information

Overdose Prevention

A program to educate active users, their parents, friends, and families on methods of risk reduction in order to decrease the alarming rates of overdose in the state of Maine.

Health Promotion Program Staff

Jamie Comstock, Program Manager

To contact us send an email to: healthpromotion@bangormaine.gov