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Healthy Oxford Hills

Healthy Oxford Hills is a project of Stephens Memorial Hospital

127 Pottle Road
Oxford, Maine 04270

Our Vision Statement

A caring, self reliant community that comes together in the shared pursuit of a healthy quality of life for all the people of Oxford County.

What We Stand For

Healthy Oxford Hills is Your Local Healthy Community Coalition. We are funded through public and private funds. Healthy Community Coalitions bring together groups of people in every county across the state, and from all walks of life to promote wellness among Maine’s people. Healthy Oxford Hills (HOH) works with many different organizations in the community to create positive changes in behaviors, environments and policies that support healthy lifestyles.

Community Resource Classes

Western Maine Health works with local businesses and volunteers to provide many free or low-cost health and wellbeing classes to the communities we serve.  We offer everything from healthy cooking, walking, kayaking, hiking to yoga and CPR training.

Our work focuses on healthy eating and active living:

Maine SNAP-Ed is a program designed to help Maine SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps) eligible residents learn how to shop, prepare, cook, and eat healthy food on a budget.

How it Works:
Through the Maine SNAP-Ed Program, Healthy Oxford Hills offers fun and free classes, workshops and resources for all ages across Oxford County. We provide participants with real tips and tricks that can help you stretch your food budget and feed your family healthier options. All sessions are free and offered throughout the week.

How to Participate:

Adults – We offer different adult and family programs, including free cooking and nutrition classes through the following programs:

  • Cooking Matters: Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ is a program that runs for 6 weeks. In each 2 hour class, you will learn how to prepare healthy and low cost meals. Each lesson focuses on hands-on meal preparation, easy to use nutrition tips and food budgeting skills. You or your family will receive a bag of groceries each week so that you can make the recipes at home.
  • Cooking Matters at the Store Pop-up Tour: You will learn shopping tips, how to read labels, and compare pricing to learn how to buy healthy foods on a budget. You will get a $10 gift card and we’ll give you a “healthy challenge” after the store tour.
  • 10 Tips: This is a series of 4 classes that are based on either “Choose MyPlate” or “Eating Better on a Budget.” You’ll learn simple, easy to follow tips from the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Sessions are taught in four 1 hour sessions or two 2 hours sessions. There will be a food demonstration and tasting during each session. 

Contact us to find out more or sign up for our next class! All are welcome to join our classes that are open to the public or you can contact us about scheduling a class for your group or organization.

Schools – Fun and educational programs are available for children in schools.

  • Eat Well Play Hard (preschool): This program is a series of 6 to 8 lessons designed to teach young children about healthy eating and the importance of regular physical activity. Lessons include nutrition activities, food samples for children, and resources for parents or caregivers.
  • Pick A Better Snack (PABS) Program (K–3rd grade): The PABS program is 6 to 8 monthly lessons that focus on helping children eat more fruits and vegetables. Each lesson includes a nutrition lesson and a food tasting of fruits or vegetables.

Who is Eligible for Maine SNAP-Ed?

  • People receiving SNAP (food stamp) benefits and those who are eligible for SNAP benefits based on income qualifications. Not sure if you are eligible?
  • People receiving WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children) benefits
  • People who receive other federal assistance programs based on income, such as TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
  • Children in schools where 50% or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
  • Locations such as food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, public housing, SNAP/TANF job readiness program sites, and other such sites automatically qualify.

Where can I learn more?
You can learn more about healthy lifestyle choices and eating healthy on a budget through the SNAP-Ed Connection.

The USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides the funding for SNAP-Ed, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented by the University of New England (UNE).

Cooking Matters is a national program of Share Our Strength. In Maine, Cooking Matters is implemented through a partnership between the Good Shepherd Food Bank and Maine SNAP-Ed. Additional local support for Cooking Matters comes from Hannaford Supermarkets.

Contacts:
Kate Goldberg | kate@healthyoxfordhills.org
Community Nutrition Educator/SNAP-Ed
207-364-7408

Holly Stuhr | holly@healthyoxfordhills.org
Community Nutrition Educator/SNAP-Ed
207-744-6197

Hollie Legee-Cressman | hollie@healthyoxfordhills.org
Community Nutrition Educator/SNAP-Ed
207-744-6196

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Maine SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented statewide by the University of New England (UNE) through contracts with local community organizations. Maine SNAP-Ed educates low-income families on low-cost healthy eating and active lifestyles. Contact mainesnap-ed@une.edu or 207-221-4560 for more information.


The goal of Let’s Go! is to prevent obesity by working with communities to support healthy choices around healthy eating and active living. . Let’s Go! reaches children and adults where they live, learn, work, and play. Let’s Go! supports schools, early childhood education, out-of-school programs, healthcare practices, and workplaces.

Contacts:
Sarah Carter | sarah@healthyoxfordhills.org
Let’s Go! Coordinator
207-744-6195

Carl Costanzi | costanzica@wmhcc.org
Let’s Go! Coordinator
207-744-6198

The New Balance Foundation is focused on preventing childhood obesity. They provide funding for evidence-based programs that promote physical activity and healthy eating habits within schools, before- and after-school programs, and at Roberts Farm Preserve.

Roberts Farm Preserve is a property of the Western Foothills Land Trust (another critical partner in this work) where physical activity and outdoor experiential learning is combined.

Through our New Balance Foundation-funded work, we are helping students become more active through programs like the 100-Mile Club, which challenge students to track 100 miles worth of physical activity over the course of the school year.

Healthy Oxford Hills and the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence work together to reduce tobacco use, vaping, and secondhand smoke exposure throughout Oxford County. According to the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS), Oxford County has some of the highest rates of vaping among youth in the state. In 2019 30.9% of High School Students in Oxford County reported that they had used an electronic vapor product in the last 30 days compared to 12.3% in 2017.

There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and exposure can increase the risk of health issues, especially in children. Tobacco policies in settings such as multi-unit housing, healthcare and behavioral health organizations can prevent involuntary secondhand smoke exposure. Visit breatheasymaine.org for more information about tobacco-free policies.

How does Healthy Oxford Hills help prevent and lower tobacco use?

Working with youth
We partner with schools and local organizations to prevent youth from starting to use tobacco since nearly 9 out of 10 people who smoke first tried smoking by age 18. 

Smoke and tobacco-free policies are evidenced-based ways to:

  • Prevent youth from starting tobacco use.
  • Reduce exposure of secondhand smoke.
  • Reduce tobacco use.
  • Reduce death and disease related to tobacco use.
  • Promote healthy social norms around tobacco use. 

Providing assistance and signs
Healthy Oxford Hills provides technical assistance to organizations that are looking to go tobacco-free. Organizations can also get free, high-quality signs about tobacco policies.

Connecting you with the Maine Tobacco Helpline
Healthy Oxford Hills promotes the Maine Tobacco Helpline through partnerships with different organizations. The Maine Tobacco Helpline is a free, confidential service for Maine residents. Trained Tobacco Treatment Specialists offer free coaching calls and can prescribe eligible participants up to 8 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy. Text, email and web-based support is also available. Visit thequitlink.com for more information or to enroll.

SideKicks
Our coordinators are trained to deliver SideKicks, an educational program designed to teach youth how to talk with their peers about tobacco use and vaping. This is a four hour, skill-building program that is designed for middle and high school students. Visit wearesidekicks.org for more information.

Contact:
Erika Lindstrom | erika@healthyoxfordhills.org
Health Promotion Coordinator 
Tobacco Prevention
207-744-6193

Daniela Fine | daniela@healthyoxfordhills.org
Coordinator
Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention
207-744-6192

Healthy Oxford Hills works with the University of New England and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent and reduce misuse of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs. Healthy Oxford Hills provides education, training, technical assistance, tools, and resources to prevent misuse of these substances among youth and young adults.

One approach to prevent prescription drug misuse is to prevent individuals from getting access to prescription drugs that have not been prescribed to them. Healthy Oxford Hills promotes storage and disposal of prescription medicines and twice a year we work with local law enforcement on Medicine Take Back Day. This is a National initiative that takes place in April and October. However, we also want Mainers to properly dispose of their medicines throughout the year at safe medication disposal sites. These sites include:

  • Oxford Police Department,
  • Oxford County Sheriff’s Office,
  • Paris Police Station,
  • Norway Police Station, and
  • Walgreen’s Pharmacy (Norway).

Promotion of proper storage of marijuana is also an important strategy to help reduce marijuana misuse, especially among children and young adults.

Other strategies to prevent substance misuse include Responsible Beverage Service trainings, Prime for Life programming, dissemination of printed materials, and social media campaigns.

Contact:
Erika Lindstrom | erika@healthyoxfordhills.org
Health Promotion Coordinator 
Substance Use Prevention
207-744-6193

Daniela Fine | daniela@healthyoxfordhills.org
Coordinator 
Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention
207-744-6192

The Oxford County Wellness Collaborative (OCWC) came about after Oxford County was ranked as 16th out of the 16 counties in Maine in overall health. This motivated partners from across our county, and from many different backgrounds, to unite toward a common vision of improved health for everyone.

There are many bright and passionate people doing good work across the county. The Wellness Collaborative exists to strengthen and knit together the work that is already being done, helping partners to work toward common goals. By working together, we can achieve greater results.

OCWC currently meets regularly, and welcomes input and new partners as it works to support the transformation of Health and Wellness in Oxford County.

Contact:
Brendan Schauffler | brendan@healthyoxfordhills.org
Oxford County Wellness Collaborative 
Network Facilitator
207-744-6191
Healthy Oxford Hills hosts monthly meetings of coalition members every 4th Tuesday of the month from 11:45 to 1:00. Each month participants get to share updates and hear about different focus topics. Lunch is provided and these meetings are open to the public. Reach out to Brendan to get on the email list.

Contact:
Brendan Schauffler | brendan@healthyoxfordhills.org
Oxford County Wellness Collaborative 
Network Facilitator
207-744-6191