Good nutrition

There is no secret to healthy eating. If you want to control your weight, feel better, and give your body the fuel it needs to stay healthy, follow the following tips: or visit to learn much more....

  • Eat a variety of foods, including plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grain products.
  • Eat low-fat or non-fat dairy products, lean meats, poultry, fish, and legumes.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Go easy on the salt, sugar, alcohol, and saturated fat.
  • Good nutrition should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle that also includes regular physical activity, not smoking, and stress management. If you drink alcoholic beverages, do it in moderation (Adapted from Nutrition for Everyone by the CDC).

    Physical Activity

    It is hard for many of us to be as active as we should be. In 2005, a survey by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System found that only about half of all Mainers get the recommended amount of physical activity.In 2006, the same survey found that one out of every five Mainers did not get any exercise in an entire month. It probably isn't surprising that nearly three in five people in Maine are considered obese or overweight.

    Physical Activity

    Staying active and exercising is one of the most important things that you can do to stay healthy. A report by the U.S. Surgeon General in 1999 found that being physically fit can reduce your risk of developing diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon cancer, while helping you to control your weight and control feelings of depression or anxiety. It also reduces your risk of dying prematurely.

    Physical Activity Resource Guides

    Looking for ways that you can be more active? There are many opportunities to get out and get moving in Maine, no matter what season it is. This page can help you to find opportunities to get out and hike, bike, snowshoe, ski, walk, and more.

    Just click on the map of Maine below to find parks, walking paths, hiking trails, and other opportunities near you, or scroll to the bottom of the page to click on the Maine region that you're interested in.

    Environmental Health

    personal health

    Health involves more than the food we eat or the medicine that we take. Our health can be influenced by the air we breathe, the water we drink, and many other environmental factors. Interactions between people and the environment around us can dramatically impact our own personal health and the health of our communities.

    How is the environment impacting your health and the health of your community? In this section, you will find resources to learn more about the ways that the environment impacts your health. We highlight issues that are important to Mainers. These issues are just a few of the environmental public health indicators that the U.S. CDC has developed to help us assess our health in relation to the environment. (Learn more about the CDC's project on environmental public health indicators here)

    Environmental issues can be controversial, and everyone has their own opinion. Below, you will find links to organizations that may have different opinions on what problems exist and what should be done. The Maine Health Forum has developed this guide to help you identify resources and learn more. As you explore these resources, you can form your own opinions.

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