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Maine Physical Activity & Nutrition Program

What You Can Do...

At Home

  • Take a family walk each day.
  • User fresh, canned or frozen produce.
  • Take the TV out of the bedroom. Do not put a TV in your child's bedroom.
  • Serve children water or low fat milk instead of soda or fruit juice.
  • Teach your children that healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains are yummy and good for our bodies.
  • Talk to your children about limiting unhealthy foods such as fast food and junk food.
  • Focus on health, not on appearance, to avoid extreme dieting and obsession with body weight.

In your Neighborhood or CommunityWomen Walking

  • Start a walking group.
  • Ask for sidewalks near schools.
  • Ask that school gyms and pools be available during evening and/or weekend hours for public use.
  • Shop at a farmers' market and buy local at the grocery store.
  • Encourage community groups to provide a healthy food option at events they sponsor.
  • Join a community vegetable garden.

At WorkAt Work

  • Create a walking route and/or start a lunchtime walking group.
  • Make healthy foods available at work events.
  • Request healthy options for the vending machine.
  • Set up a wellness committee.
  • Create and honor system snack program with fruit, yogurt, string cheese, reduced fat milks, trail mix and nuts.

At School

  • Request healthy foods at school and at after-school events and in vending machines.
  • Start a Walking School Bus program
  • Support physical education at all grades.
  • Encourage schools to assure that every child has some physical activities every day in school.
  • Ask for non-food fundraisers.

At Your Doctor's

  • Ask about your Body Mass Index (BMI).
  • If your BMI is high, as how you can lower it.