Educare – An Early Childhood Development and Parenting Project

Please join interested and knowledgeable people who are involved in childhood development, childhood education, adult education, nutrition, and other other children’s services to determine the viability of an Educare program for a discussion on Thursday, May 25, at 6:30 pm at St. Brendan’s Church, 627 North Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle. Please read further for …

Early Childhood Mini-Grants Available!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation, Healthy Peninsula currently has a limited amount of grant funding available to support local organizations or initiatives that work with or support young families and children from birth to five years. Projects should be planned, designed, or carried out in collaboration with, or with …

Having “The Conversation” with Your Family

I was lucky. My mother had a cancer scare when she was sixty-three. During that episode, we had many heartfelt conversations about what might happen, how she wanted to be treated, and how she wanted to die. Twenty years later, when she began to experience dementia, I knew it was time to have the conversation …

Healthy Peninsula Receives Second Cabot Foundation Grant

One of the ongoing concerns of Healthy Peninsula’s Early Childhood Interest Group has been improving the kindergarten readiness of children in the nine towns we serve. In 2014–2015, we fortunate to receive funding from the Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation to survey parents and educators about early-childhood resources and challenges. Topics of interest specifically identified by …

Screen Time for Children

by Warren Berkowitz As a local special-education administrator, I had the privilege of helping parents deal with the many challenges of raising their children to be healthy and responsible citizens. One of the most difficult issues for today’s parents is regulating their child’s screen time. How much screen time is enough? Too much? What kind …

Facing Physical Pain in Our Lives

Every week in my work as a counselor, I have the opportunity to talk with people who experience chronic pain, with the goal of helping them reduce their reliance on opiates and manage their life in a more positive way.  For myself, as I’ve moved into my 60’s, I have learned that I can do …

New Volunteer Project Helps Discharged Patients Thrive in Place

Chatting with friends recently, our conversation turned to what we believe makes life meaningful, i.e. what gives us joy, happiness, and a sense of fulfillment. As we talked more about what makes life meaningful, our conversation zeroed in on the Blue Hill Peninsula—the awesome beauty of our area, the amazing events/activities available on the peninsula, …

Behavioral Health

Spring is finally arriving and hopefully most of us are feeling the emotional boost that comes with the welcoming sounds of birds, the increase of light and the warmth of sun on our skin.  Those who live with chronic mental health conditions can find every season a challenge and are often in need of additional …