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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

    No Comments
  • 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

    No Comments
  • 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

    No Comments
  • 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

    No Comments
  • 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

    No Comments
  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Early Childhood Development Discussion for Parents and Early Care Providers

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Academics vs. Executive Functioning Skills (Galinsky’s 7 essential skills)
    b) What parents can do to promote Executive Functioning Skills
    c) Roles and relationships between parents and teachers

    Guests:
    A) Mary Ellin Logue, EdD – UMaine/Education and Human Development
    B) Jessica Jessie Meisner works as the Center Coordinator for Bucksport Early Care and Education Center

    No Comments
  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: Joel Mann

    Issue: Opiate and Other Addictions in Maine and their Effects upon Families, Children and Communities

    Program Topic: Drug Affected Babies and Recovering Families – How Communities and Compassion Makes a Difference

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Addition is not a choice, not a decision
    b) No parent wants to harm their child
    c) Communities can make a huge difference in reducing the blame, shame and in promoting recovery and wellness

    Guests:
    A) Mark Brown, MD – EMMC
    B) Marjorie Withers, LCPC, Community Caring Collaborative

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

    Program Topic: Discussed food insecurity and the options that Healthy Acadia and the County Extension programs are creating through farm to school efforts, school gardens, summer food programs, nutrition education, mentoring and volunteering opportunities

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Food insecurity in Maine for children is the highest of the New England States
    b) Lots of options exist for families to access locally gown, healthy foods
    c) Lots of options exist for individuals to volunteer, share a skill, time and develop relationships within their communities
    Guests by name and affiliation:
    A. Bronwyn Clement, Community Food Security Organizer at Healthy
    B. Acadia
    C. Elsie Flemings, Executive Director of Healthy Acadia
    D. Nikki Fox, Community Health Coordinator for Healthy Acadia
    E. Lisa Reilich, 4-H Youth Development Professional for Hancock & Washington Counties

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