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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Issue: Daily unseen environmental hazards

    Program Name: Healthy Environments: Protecting Children from Unseen Dangers

    Broadcast Date: May 27, 2015

    Broadcast Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

    Program Topic: Environmental Diligence

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Many of the hazards – lead, water and soil pollutants – aren’t visible, have odor or taste
    b) These toxins can be very damaging to young children especially because of the dose-intensity relationship to their physical size, but long-term exposure over time can be equally damaging to
    adults and seniors causing, for example, cancer and lung problems
    c) There are resources in Maine to help residents test for and mitigate these dangers

    Guests:
    Andres Smith, State Toxicologist and Director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Program within Maine CDC
    Nikki Fox, Community Health Coordinator with Healthy Acadia

    FMI: www.natureworldnews.com/articles/15115/20150612/insecticides-may-affect-cognitive-development-in-children.htm

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Issue: Food Security for All Ages! Examining summer options for families and young children

    Program Topic: Food insecurity, healthy growing, cooking and eating

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Maine is among the highest states in its rate of food insecurity, 43% higher than in other New England states.
    b) Maine is 3rd in the county in terms of low food insecurity – still contributes to hunger, poor nutrition and obesity
    c) 1st in New England for true food insecurity – People are hungry on a daily basis.
    d) Opportunities for “gleaning” in the region
    e) Opportunities for summer childrens’ food programs in the region
    f) Farmers’ Markets and use of EBT cards for low-income residents
    g) CSA availability for seniors

    Guests:
    Christina Fortin with Healthy Acadia, an Anti-Hunger & Opportunity Corps/Maine Hunger Initiative VISTA working to reduce hunger and improve food security throughout Hancock County
    Hannah Semler, with Healthy Acadia who launched The Gleaning Initiative
    Shannon Grimes works in farm viability for Maine Farmland Trust

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Circle of Security: The Importance of Attachment

    Key Discussion Points:

    a) Within relationships children learn what to expect in their world about being safe, lovable, capable and meaningful. Research indicates that these are building blocks for being able to thrive in good conditions and to survive and continue to grow in adverse settings. Some call that resilience.

    b) Circle of Security-Parenting guides caregivers in providing a secure base from which children can go out to explore their world and safe harbor to which they can return.

    c) When children expect to be safe they can focus on all the interesting things in their world, without having to be preoccupied with watching out for danger or with protecting themselves. Parents learn to Watch Over and Protect
    children.

    d) goals. Parents learn to Help build successes and Comfort frustrations.

    e) Children with positive attachment to their parents and other caregivers exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle
    emotions more effectively.

    Guest: Charlie Slaughter, MPH, RD

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Issue: Healthy Social/Emotional Skill Development

    Program Topic: Hungry for Love: Mealtime is more than an opportunity for food

    Key Discussion Points:

    a) Mealtimes provide opportunities for parents and care givers to instill “executive

    functioning” skills in children

    b) These skills are the foundation for learning and include Focus and Self Control,

    Perspective Taking, Communicating, Making Connections, Critical Thinking, Taking on

    Challenges, being Self-Directed, and the ability to Engage in Learning.

    c) “The food is important, but your love, your care and your connections are far more

    important than the food.”

    d) Parents who use their power and love to build mealtime environments help their children

    to be better equipped to thrive in life.

    Guest: Charlie Slaughter, MPH, RD

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: The impact of Poverty in Maine on Young Children and Families

    Key Discussion:
    a) Importance of listening to others as they share their perspectives, opinions and questions
    b) Open discussion of the many diverse opinions about poverty and encouraging robust dialogue to generate solutions and support for Mainers
    c) How many local Maine communities are working to address poverty

    Guests:
    Marjorie Withers, LCPC, Community Caring Collaborative
    Karen Heck, Mayor of Waterville

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Poverty in Maine/Effects upon children, families

    Program Topic: The impact of Poverty in Maine on Young Children and Families

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Connections between poverty and children’s nutrition, health, growth, success in school, language development, social/emotional skills
    b) Integrated, long-term and meaningful public support programs
    c) Improving the public’s understanding of poverty

    Guests by name and affiliation:
    A) Donna M. Beegle, EdD, Communication Across Barriers
    B) Marjorie Withers, LCPC, Community Caring Collaborative
    C ) Karen Heck, Mayor of Waterville

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Child Nutrition

    Program Topic: Eating Healthy Year Round: Regional Bounty, Programs and Services

    Key Discussion Points:
    There is abundance of food, nutrition and healthy eating resources for people in poverty in the Downeast Region
    Involving children and families early on sets the stage for healthy eating for the lifespan

    Guests by name and affiliation:
    A) Shoshona Smith, Title: Nutrition Education Initiative Coordinator
    Healthy Acadia
    B) Nikki Fox, Title: Community Health Coordinator
    Healthy Acadia

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Health and Environmental Safety for Children and Families

    Program Topic: Phthalates in our Lives

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) How chemicals are inserted into our products – effort to waken the consumer
    b) What Maine is asking for – clarification that this “ask” is to have a list of products with phthalates in them for website positing and not to have products labeled
    c) Promote response for the upcoming hearing: the hearing on July 29th at 1:00 at the DEP in Augusta, ME

    Guests:
    A) Emma Halas-O’Connor, Coalition and Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator, Environmental Health Strategy Center.
    B) Danna Hayes, Director of Public Policy for the Maine Women’s Lobby and Policy Center.
    C ) Beth Ahearn, Program Director, Maine Conservation Alliance

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