HealthReach Receives “Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0” Recognition at Eight Sites

Western Maine – This year, HealthReach Community Health Centers is happy to announce that it has received Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program recognition across eight of its local healthcare practices.

Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 is a program focused on education around obesity and healthy living for primary care practice teams. The program provides materials to support “simple changes for better health, such as moving more, eating real food, drinking water, and getting adequate rest.”

HealthReach’s longstanding partnership with Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 has had positive impacts on both HealthReach patients and their care teams. This year, HealthReach was recognized for excellence in obesity prevention. The sites recognized include Belgrade Regional Health Center, Bethel Family Health Center, Lovejoy Health Center (of Albion), Rangeley Family Medicine, Richmond Area Health Center, Sheepscot Valley Health Center (of Coopers Mills / Whitefield), Strong Area Health Center, and Western Maine Family Health Center (of Livermore Falls).

Connie Coggins, HealthReach President & CEO, shares, “HealthReach is proud to once again be recognized for our staff’s efforts to help our patients achieve their best health. Local, affordable, quality care is only possible through effective partnership between clinician and patient – so we also must thank our community members for engaging so well in our programs. Thank you!”

HealthReach Community Health Centers is a Federally Qualified Health Center consisting of twelve community health centers located across Central and Western Maine. Dedicated clinicians deliver high-quality healthcare – inclusive of behavioral health and dental services – to residents from 9 of Maine’s 16 counties. To ensure access for everyone, HealthReach accepts Medicare, MaineCare, and major insurance providers. In addition, an Affordable Care Program is available to both uninsured and underinsured residents. Assistance is available for applications to programs that help with the cost of your healthcare and medications, including Maine’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

A private non-profit with a 48-year history, HealthReach is funded by patient fees, grants, and by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $4,815,606 with 82.2% financed by non-governmental sources. The contents above are those of the author, and do not necessarily representthe official views of or an endorsement by, HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Ultraviolet Light Safety

Ultraviolet (UV) lights are invisible rays of light from the sun that are a leading cause of skin cancer. UV light can also hurt eyes.

Protect yourself from UV light with these tips:

  • Wear protective gear outside – UV-block sunglasses, as well as hats and other clothing that cover your skin.
  • Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen – an SPF of 15 or higher – on exposed skin.
  • Find shade if you spend a long time outside.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps that emit UV light, which can impact both your eyes and skin.

 

Resource: www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/sun-safety

Great Outdoors Month

Enjoy the Maine outdoors this month!

Spending time outdoors…

  • is a great way to get physical activity,
  • has proven mental health benefits, and
  • reduces stress.

Outdoor Activities

  • Camping
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Going to the beach
  • Hiking
  • Watching wildlife

Asthma Awareness Month

Nearly 25 million Americans have Asthma. Asthma is a chronic disease that impacts your lungs, sometimes making breathing more difficult.

  • Have regular check-ups with your clinician to help monitor and manage your asthma.
  • Identify your asthma triggers and avoid them.
  • Notify your doctor of any changes in your asthma symptoms.
  • Be prepared – and know what to do – for when you have an asthma attack.

National Stress Awareness Month

Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress

  • Take breaks from news and social media – consider your viewing habits
  • Eat healthy, get movement in, and get plenty of sleep.
  • Try calming activities – deep breathing, stretching, or meditating.
  • Make time to do activities you enjoy, especially outdoors
  • Talk to others about how you are feeling or if you have concerns
  • Avoid excessive alcohol or drug usage, these can make stress worse.

Seek Support when you need it

Peer Support Warm Line: 1 (866) 771 – 9276
Maine Crisis and Counseling Line: 1 (888) 568 – 1112

Talk to your clinician if you need help and learn more about stress at: www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/about/copingwith-stresstips.html