Teens and Alcohol: What’s a Parent to Do?

June is just around the corner. School and family graduation celebrations are already being planned. But what kind of parties are your teens planning to attend, perhaps without your knowledge? We tend to think that all teens who drink alcohol are troubled or live in stressed environments. Experts connect “adverse childhood experiences” (ACES), such as …

The Healthy Heart

by Dennis DeSilvey, MD It is challenging to contemplate whether I should talk about the healthy heart or use the more inclusive term of heart health. I like that latter term because it speaks to the whole person and what an individual can do for the whole person to have heart health and, thereby, a …

Poverty by the Numbers

Based on the 2012 Report on Poverty – Maine State Planning OfficeOverview: For some Mainers, meeting the needs of daily life is a struggle. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than one in ten Maine residents live below the poverty line. Nearly one third of Mainers have a household income that classifies them as …

Healthy Aging in Maine

by Doug Cowan, MD Have you heard of the Gray Tsunami? It’s just over the horizon! Our elderly population will bring tremendous demographic and economic challenges to our country, and particularly to Maine. We have the oldest average age of any state in the country and the next to lowest percentage of kids 5 to …

Early Childhood Health Screenings

by Sandra Phoenix Every parent wants their child to be the best they can be. Early childhood health screenings can have long lasting benefits for your child. Ready By 21 and Healthy Peninsula are sponsoring an Early Childhood Health Fair on Saturday, April 27, at Island Family Medicine from 9-1. This event will offer FREE …

Early Childhood Health Screenings

by Sandra Phoenix Every parent wants their child to be the best they can be. Early childhood health screenings can have long lasting benefits for your child. Ready By 21 and Healthy Peninsula are sponsoring an Early Childhood Health Fair on Saturday, April 27, at Island Family Medicine from 9-1. This event will offer FREE …

Early Childhood Conference calls for a “cultural change.”

Originally published in the Penobscot Bay Press, October 25, 2012 by Anne Berleant Dr. Mary Ellen Gellerstedt, a developmental pediatrician at Eastern Maine Medical Center, was one of three panelists who spoke at the Healthy Peninsula Early Childhood Conference at Maine Maritime Academy on October 20. Dr. James Page, Chancellor of the University of Maine …

Children and Brain Development: What We Know About How Children Learn – Part II

Children and Brain Development: What We Know About How Children Learn – Part II In my September article, I presented information about how our children’s brains develop and that stressful experiences, like poverty, abuse, neglect, or loss of a loved one, cause chemical changes in the brain that negatively affect children’s ability to learn, be …

Children and Brain Development: What We Know About How Children Learn – Part 1

There is a lot of information available these days about the importance of brain development, early childhood education, kindergarten readiness, and how to help our children succeed in school. Healthy Peninsula’s Ready By 21 Project and Early Childhood Workgroup are based on the premise that early intervention – identifying problems and supporting families and schools …