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Maine Physical Activity & Nutrition Program

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Data, Statistics and Program Reports

PAN Plan - Complete Document

PAN Plan - Download by Section

The Burden of Overweight and Obesity in Maine Document

State Fact Sheet: The Burden of Overweight & Obesity in Maine

County Fact Sheet: The Burden of Overweight and Obesity in Maine

Childhood Obesity in Maine: Fact Sheet from NICHQ

The Vending and a la Carte Policy Intervention in Maine Public High Schools, Prev Chronic Disease, Nov 2005

Implementation of Low-Fat, Low-Sugar, and Portion-Controlled Nutrition Guidelines in Competitive Food Venues of Maine Public High Schools, J of School Health, Dec 2007

Final Report of the PE4ME Committee


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Physical Activity

Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the US Surgeon General
This report details the health benefits of physical activity and the need for physical activity promotion in the United States.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Physical Activity Web Site
The CDC Web site links to numerous physical activity resources that have been researched and tested.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Adolescent and School Health Physical Activity Web Site
This Web site has many resources related to promoting physical activity and physical education for youth in the school setting.

National Association for Sport and Physical Education
NASPE has many resources addressing physical activity and physical education for youth. Of particular interest may be the reports Active Start: A Statement of Physical Activity Guidelines for Children Birth to Five Years and Physical Activity for Children: A Statement of Guidelines for Children 5 - 12, 2nd Edition.

National Society of Physical Activity Practitioners in Public Health
This organization supports state and local-based physical activity practitioners through workforce development and information and resource sharing.

CDC-TV "Health Matters" focuses on the Obesity Epidemic
Today, obesity is a national epidemic and a major contributor to the leading causes of death in the U.S. such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers. Over 1 adult in 3 is obese, and 1 child in 6 is obese.
This video explains and illustrates the complex factors that have contributed to the obesity epidemic, and showcases several initiatives to prevent and reduce obesity in communities across the U.S.

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There is no single or simple solution to the obesity epidemic - a combination of solutions at many levels is needed.

Physical Activity and Nutrition Action Packets:

Promoting Trail Development and Use of Safe Community Routes for Walking and Biking
This packet guides organizations in promoting community health through trail development and use of safe community routes for walking and biking. The toolkit includes fact sheets, a success story and step-by-step information on developing trails and walking routes.

Enhanced Access to Places for Physical Activity
This packet guides organizations in promoting local places for youth and adults to be active in their communities. The toolkit includes fact sheets, many success stories and step-by-step information on how to make community-based physical activity resources accessible for youth and adults.

Using Social Support Networks to Increase Physical Activity
This packet guides organizations in developing new, and utilizing existing, social support networks (such as clubs) to increase physical activity. The toolkit includes fact sheets, success stories and step-by-step information on how to utilize social groups to increase physical activity levels.

Healthy Maine Walks Brochure
The Healthy Maine Walks brochure can be used to promote the Healthy Maine Walks Web site. Download the brochure here, or order copies using our order form.

The Built Environment and Physical Activity: What is the Relationship?
This report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines what we know about how the physical or built environment affects activity and outlines the potential policy implications of these findings. Also, see their policy brief on this subject.

Be Active Your Way Widget
A widget is an online tool that can be easily added to any web site or blog. The Be Active Your Way widget is a quick quiz that instantly provides physical activity tips and recommendations. Just add the widget to your site, and we'll update the content automatically. It's easy, fun, and can be used over and over again.

You can get the widget by visiting:
http://www.healthfinder.gov/widgets/Pafinder.aspx


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Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables

The CDC Fruit and Veggies Matter Web Site
This website supports professionals and consumers with great tools to learn how many fruits and veggies you need a day, recipes and a fruit and vegetable index including selection and storage tips. All materials posted here are well researched. Follow the link to the Produce for Better Health Fruits & Veggies-More Matters Web Site for kid friendly materials.

MyPyramid.gov Web Site
The MyPyramid website has tips for fitting more fruits and veggies into your day and a great visuals of serving sizes.

Fruit and Veggies More Matters Web button

Click the icon to visit the Produce for Better Health Foundation's Web site for more resources for promoting fruit and vegetable consumption, including to download this button for your own Web page.

Physical Activity and Nutrition Action Packet: Create Environments that Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
This packet guides organizations in promoting community health through creating environments that support increased fruit and vegetable consumption. The toolkit includes fact sheets, success stories and step-by-step information on actions individuals and organizations can take to make fresh fruits and vegetables more available to the people in their communities.


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Caloric Imbalance and Expenditure

The CDC Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity Website
This website supports both professionals and consumers. Consumers can find helpful science based nutrition, physical activity and healthy weight tools. Nutrition and Physical activity public health professionals can find a variety of evidence based public health approaches that promote health and prevent chronic disease.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans Web Site
Based on the latest scientific evidence, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines provides information and advice for choosing a nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active. If you are serious about making lifestyle changes to manage your weight check out Finding Your Way to a Healthier You

MyPyramid.gov Web Site
Whether you are at a healthy weight, overweight, or underweight My Pyramid.gov can help you find the number of servings from each food group that is right for you. A meal planner and tracker are just two of the tools you will find here. 

Make Your Calories Count Label Tutorial
This FDA created animated tutorial takes the mystery out of label reading. It is great for adults and children.

Meals for You Web Site
The Meals for You website provides recipes, meal plans, nutritional information, newsletters, and shopping lists, using a proprietary database of over 6,000 recipes and other content. On April 7th 2005 TUFTS gave this website a score of 23 out of a possible 25 points.

Now You’re Cooking: Facts on Fats
This brochure describes the different kinds of fats found in foods, which are good and which are bad, and how to tell the difference when looking at a nutrition label. Download the brochure here, or order copies using our order form.

Physical Activity and Nutrition Action Packets:

Developing Policies that Support Healthy Eating at Group Events
This packet guides organizations in promoting community health through policy change to support healthy eating at group events. The toolkit includes fact sheets, a success story and step-by-step information on policy change.

Developing Policies that Support Healthy Options in Vending Machines
This packet guides organizations in promoting community health through making healthy options available in vending machines. The toolkit includes fact sheets, many success stories, vendor contact information and step-by-step information to assist organizations in deciding how to select healthy options and how best to promote healthy options in vending machines.

“What’s in the Foods You Eat?” Nutrient Database Website
This website is a downloadable product offering a break down of 61 nutrients for more than 13,000 foods Americans typically consume.


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Television Time:

Center for Screen Time Awareness
This organization encourages children and adults to watch less television. Resources for TV-Turnoff Week are provided.


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Breastfeeding:

Maine WIC website
WIC is a nutrition program for thousands of Maine families. WIC serves all kinds of families with free nutrition advice, tips for staying healthy, recipes, and resources for growing families.

CDC Breastfeeding Website
The CDC Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions provides state and local community members information to choose the breastfeeding intervention strategy that best meets their needs

La Leche League Web Site 
This website provides forums for mother-to-mother sharing and current research on breast feeding for mothers and professionals.

Breast Feeding Basics Website
Breastfeeding Basics is an academic, non-commercial, short course on the fundamentals of breastfeeding. It is geared primarily for the medical practitioner but anyone is welcome to browse or take the course.


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Food Safety:

USDA Food Safety Information Page
This web site provides food safety information to educators, industry, researchers and the general public. Consumers will love the FightBac for quick simple tips on safe food handling. The Food Safety.gov link is a gateway to more food safety resources.


USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline Web Site
This Web site has Phone and Web information about safe storage, handling and preparation of meat, poultry and egg products.


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Food Security:

Maine’s Food Stamp Application and Eligibility Information Web Site
Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services Office of Integrated Access and Support Website provides information on food stamp eligibility and applying for food stamps.

Maine Food Assistance Organizations and Rural Resources by County Web Site
This website created by Maine’s Department of Agriculture has a listing of food pantries and food assistance programs by county. The name, location and hours of operation along with a contact phone number is provided for each program.

Maine WIC (Women Infant and Children) Web Site
The WIC nutrition package provided to income eligible pregnant women and mothers of young children is described here. Visit this website to find out if you are eligible for WIC and to find the WIC office nearest you.


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Eating Disorders:

MyPyramid.gov Web Site
Whether you are at a healthy weight, overweight, or underweight My Pyramid.gov can help you find the number of servings from each food group that is right for you. A meal planner and tracker are just two of the tools you will find here.  Visit Steps to a Healthier You for tips on weight management.

National Eating Disorders Association Website
This website offers resources for professionals, individuals with eating disorders and the people supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. It includes a referral database of hundreds of eating disorders treatment professionals.

Medline Plus Eating Disorders
Medline provides a broad range of topics addressing eating disorders to choose from for both the professional and the general public. The site offers links to credible websites with eating disorder information, resources and survival guides.


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Body Mass Index (BMI):

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Web Site
The NHLBI Web site has a BMI calculator and tables and a guide to assist you to interpret your results. You’ll also find information about health risks associated with different BMIs and limitations associated with using BMI.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Web Site
This Web site has the 3rd year evaluation report of BMI data gathered in K-12 in Arkansas schools.


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Other Maine Organizations

Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Grow Smart Maine
Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity
Maine Nutrition Network
Maine Teen and Young Adult Health Program Eating Disorder Information
Move and Improve
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
WinterKids


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Other National Organizations

Active Living by Design
Active Living Research
American Dietetic Association
Association for State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors
Center for Science in the Public Interest
East Coast Greenway Alliance
National Center for Bicycling and Walking
National Dairy Council
Pedestrian and Bicycling Information Center
US Environmental Protection Agency: Smart Growth Program
Walkable Communities, Inc.
Washington State Dairy Council


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The listing of these Web sites in no way constitutes an endorsement by DHHS of either the company, program, or the products offered on the sites. The merit of the information (or lack thereof) contained within these non-State sites is up to the viewer to decide.