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Winter Wonderland

Winter can be a wonderful time of year, but it can also leave you wondering why you live in a region where it can be so cold and snowy. If you are or you have found yourself becoming, a person who likes winter less and less, do not despair. There are so many things...

Six Sensational Soups

Soup has to be the most versatile of all the mealtime menu ideas. Soup is a fantastic way to use up leftover veggies, they are filling, full of fiber, nutrients and will warm you through and through. There seems to be a million ways to make it and you’ll find a few of...

Savor the Season with Squash & Root Veggies

What better way to spend a cool fall day than cooking up some seasonal delights? Hearty squash varieties and root vegetables (fresh, frozen or canned) are flavorful all on their own or can serve as a backdrop for sweet, savory or spicy stocks and sauces. Winter squash...

5 Fantastic Fall Activities for Families

Fall Leaves Finger Painting This activity is great for pre-k and elementary age children. You will need a piece of brown construction paper (or white paper, brown paint/ markers/crayons), scissors, a glue stick and red, green, orange and yellow non-toxic finger...

Why HCCA is so passionate about serving LGBTQ+ Youth in Maine

12JUNE, 2020Initiatives Community Care SocietyNewsflash: HCCA is about to launch a brand new LGBTQ+-focused effort in partnership with OutMaine! Read on to learn more…It’s June, and HCCA is joining LGBTQ+ people and allies in celebrating Pride 2020! Given the current...

Home with the family for the month of April: what better time to start conversations about underage drinking and drugs?

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month. This is a time that the nation takes a look at alcohol use rates, and how we can all help underage drinking rates to continue to lower. Alcohol is the most used substance by American youth. In Kennebec County, 35% of youth...

Why the COVID-19 Crisis might be the Best Time to Quit Tobacco

These past weeks have been stressful for all of us, and quitting tobacco might seem impossible in such a challenging time. However, we know that compromising your lungs can put you at greater risk for COVID-19 – and we know it is possible to quit if you are motivated...

Take part in our HCCA Instagram Photo Contest!

We know from partnering with local youth that times of "boredom" are when they're more likely to vape or use other substances. Since our young community members are being kept home during the COVID-19 crisis, we're stepping up our outreach by holding an Instagram...

The National and Statewide Farm to School Movement

What is Farm to School? Farm to School is a movement that aims to build connections between students, school nutrition programs, and agriculture. Farm to school initiatives include getting local produce into school cafeterias, classrooms (K-12) and child care centers...

Put Smoke-Free Policies On Your Menu

Have you spotted us out and about lately? HCCA’s tobacco prevention team is dropping in on employers in Kennebec County to talk about smoke-free workplace policies, the impact of legal changes in the past year, and supporting employees who are trying to quit. One key...
Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Winter can be a wonderful time of year, but it can also leave you wondering why you live in a region where it can be so cold and snowy. If you are or you have found yourself becoming, a person who likes winter less and less, do not despair. There are so many things...

Six Sensational Soups

Six Sensational Soups

Soup has to be the most versatile of all the mealtime menu ideas. Soup is a fantastic way to use up leftover veggies, they are filling, full of fiber, nutrients and will warm you through and through. There seems to be a million ways to make it and you’ll find a few of...

Savor the Season with Squash & Root Veggies

Savor the Season with Squash & Root Veggies

What better way to spend a cool fall day than cooking up some seasonal delights? Hearty squash varieties and root vegetables (fresh, frozen or canned) are flavorful all on their own or can serve as a backdrop for sweet, savory or spicy stocks and sauces. Winter squash...

5 Fantastic Fall Activities for Families

5 Fantastic Fall Activities for Families

Fall Leaves Finger Painting This activity is great for pre-k and elementary age children. You will need a piece of brown construction paper (or white paper, brown paint/ markers/crayons), scissors, a glue stick and red, green, orange and yellow non-toxic finger...

Why HCCA is so passionate about serving LGBTQ+ Youth in Maine

Why HCCA is so passionate about serving LGBTQ+ Youth in Maine

12JUNE, 2020Initiatives Community Care SocietyNewsflash: HCCA is about to launch a brand new LGBTQ+-focused effort in partnership with OutMaine! Read on to learn more…It’s June, and HCCA is joining LGBTQ+ people and allies in celebrating Pride 2020! Given the current...

Why the COVID-19 Crisis might be the Best Time to Quit Tobacco

Why the COVID-19 Crisis might be the Best Time to Quit Tobacco

These past weeks have been stressful for all of us, and quitting tobacco might seem impossible in such a challenging time. However, we know that compromising your lungs can put you at greater risk for COVID-19 – and we know it is possible to quit if you are motivated...

Take part in our HCCA Instagram Photo Contest!

Take part in our HCCA Instagram Photo Contest!

We know from partnering with local youth that times of "boredom" are when they're more likely to vape or use other substances. Since our young community members are being kept home during the COVID-19 crisis, we're stepping up our outreach by holding an Instagram...

The National and Statewide Farm to School Movement

The National and Statewide Farm to School Movement

What is Farm to School? Farm to School is a movement that aims to build connections between students, school nutrition programs, and agriculture. Farm to school initiatives include getting local produce into school cafeterias, classrooms (K-12) and child care centers...

Put Smoke-Free Policies On Your Menu

Put Smoke-Free Policies On Your Menu

Have you spotted us out and about lately? HCCA’s tobacco prevention team is dropping in on employers in Kennebec County to talk about smoke-free workplace policies, the impact of legal changes in the past year, and supporting employees who are trying to quit. One key...

Bathroom Vaping Shocks Principal into Action

Bathroom Vaping Shocks Principal into Action

Background In the fall of 2018, I had met with a high school in Kennebec County. My goal was to discuss the youth vaping epidemic, tobacco policies, and the benefits of the Center for Tobacco Independence (CTI)’s Sidekicks Program, which is used to support our youth...

We’re Growing!

We’re Growing!

As we kick off 2020, we have so many goals and plans to help our Capital Area communities on your journey to a healthier life. Luckily, we’ve welcomed three new staff members to make those goals a reality: Kevin Carter, Elizabeth Deprey and Alexis Guy. Kevin Carter...

Happy National Coming Out Day–from HCCA!

Happy National Coming Out Day–from HCCA!

October is LGBT history month, and October 11th is National Coming Out Day. In fact, this year is the 30th anniversary celebration of National Coming Out Day. The intention of National Coming Out Day is to celebrate the power of coming out, as when people know someone...

2018 Drug Take Back

2018 Drug Take Back

2018 Drug Take Back is October 27! The 2018 National Drug Take Back will occur at the Augusta Police Department from 10 am to 2 pm. Please bring in your unwanted, unused medications for drop off. Visit DEATakeBack.comfor more information.

Healthy Picnics are Fun!

Healthy Picnics are Fun!

What happens when it rains during your picnic? You take it inside and make the best of it! This month we were fortunate to provide a healthy picnic event with the Goodwill Lifeworks Clients and Staff. Featured was a delish lunch provided by our SNAP-Ed Coordinator...

Earn Money While Helping Pregnant Moms and Babies

Earn Money While Helping Pregnant Moms and Babies

NEW! Reaching More Moms has 2 OPPORTUNITIES. Pregnant moms, expectant dads and other family members and friends, this is your chance. ------Moms can win $50.00 prizes and be on YouTube --Dads, other family and friends can make $50 sharing their experiences with us....

The Kaleidoscope Award

The Kaleidoscope Award

If there is one thing that we value most here at HCCA, it is the partnerships we have created since the very beginning of our organization in 2001. One such partnership has proven to be particularly valuable and fortuitous for us over the years- Kennebec and Somerset...

Small Steps to a Healthier YOU

Small Steps to a Healthier YOU

What better way to spend the first day of June than attending a Let’s Go! Small Steps Workshop led by HCCA’s very own Nan Bell. With the sun shining brightly from above with nary a cloud in sight, the tantalizing aroma of burgers and hotdogs dancing on the breeze, and...

Bringing Public Health into Focus…with a CELEBRATION

Bringing Public Health into Focus…with a CELEBRATION

WE’RE HERE TO CELEBRATE! In a more modern and auspicious twist on Jane Austen’s famous literary introduction- it was a truth universally acknowledged that a public health organization, in possession of an extraordinary amount of achievements, must be in want of a...