Preschool – The Most Important Grade?

On Saturday, April 5th, Blue Hill residents will have the opportunity to vote to provide the financial support for a public preschool program at the Consolidated School. Although three quarters of all children participate in preschool programs nationwide, many people are unsure about how to measure the cost and benefits, particularly of public preschool programs …

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 Speaks

Poverty Speaks On October 19, Healthy Peninsula held it 3rd annual Early Childhood conference on the topic of poverty at the Blue Hill Consolidated School. Although we were astounded with the level of participation from educators, health and service providers, and concerned citizens, we knew that our most difficult challenge would be to capture the …

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 …

Your Child’s Health

  Everyone’s health matters, but the health of children – my children, your children – is important to everyone.   Most children are born healthy and stay healthy, but some children develop problems, either before or after birth, that can affect their health, behavior, or ability to learn.  Although some children experience physical illness or …

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 …

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 …