Get Fit & Win

Dear Former Get Fit & Win Participants,

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Healthy Androscoggin will no longer be able to offer the Get Fit & Win Program as we have in the past. In the summer of 2012, the Fund for a Healthy Maine, the grant funding that supported Get Fit & Win, took a large funding cut. You may also remember that last summer we cancelled the Final Celebration due to this same budget cut.

While we will no longer be able to offer Get Fit & Win, it is important to us that we support your exercise goals in whatever way we can. We can offer you the following free resources. To download click on the links below.

While Get Fit & Win will no longer be offered, Healthy Androscoggin is working to support your exercise goals in other ways. For instance, we are working with local Bike and Pedestrian groups to create more sidewalks, bike lanes and other amenities so it is easier for us all to get more exercise. We are also supporting schools, after school programs, childcares, worksites, and healthcare practices to create more exercise opportunities through the Let’s Go Androscoggin 5210 Initiative. Finally, we are working with schools and private businesses to open their spaces to the community for walking.

Please keep in touch! We would love to update you about upcoming events and activities. Please like us on Facebook, check out our upcoming events or text HEALTHYANDRO to 22828 to receive our e-newsletter. Thank you for your understanding. We wish you an active spring and summer!

Yours in Health,

Steven Johndro

Executive Director

 

Active Community Events

Opportunities to get outside and be active in Androscoggin County

     

Maine Women’s Ride (in Freeport)

Brought to you by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, this is an event to celebrate women and bicycling.  The event offers a friendly, supportive atmosphere geared toward girls and women of all ages and abilities. The routes (10, 25, 50, or 75 mile options) follow quiet roads, offering beautiful views of the Maine coast and countryside.

For more information, click here.

 

Safe Voices Walk to End Domestic Violence

The Walk to End Domestic Violence is an annual event held at Simard-Payne Police Memorial Park in Lewiston.   Prizes last year included a 3 month membership for the whole family to the YMCA. 

For more information: 795-6744 or click here.

 

Leavitt Father’s Day 5K Trail Run and Walk

A central Maine woods trail and field 5K to help raise funds for the Leavitt cross country team.  Walkers also welcome. Race begins behind high school by track and football field off Lower Street in Turner.  Early registration is encouraged.  A number of parent-child teams run the trail, and special prize drawings for father-child teams are offered during the awards.  There is also a Kids’ Fun Run.

For more information: 784-3200 or click here  

 

Pottle Hill Road Race

Sponsored by Tri-Town Education Fund, the Pottle Hill Road race is held every June. There is a one mile Fun Run/Walk Race for kids and their families, a 5K, and a 10k road race (considered one of the toughest in Maine).

For more information: 345-9835 or click here  

 

Rancourt’s 5K Run/Walk

Rancourt’s 5K Run/Walk is to benefit Special Olympics Maine, in honor of Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Deputy David J. Rancourt.  It is a Law Enforcement Torch Run Event.  The event is held at Central Maine Community College, located at 1250 Turner Street, Auburn, Maine.  Plenty of parking on site.  Awards will be given to top finishers in all age groups, and there will be a raffle giveaway following the event.

For more information click here

Discin’ with the Raiders!

A family friendly fundraising disc golf event held at Sabattus Disc Golf course in Sabattus. The Oak High School Raiders Football team hosts the event and proceeds go towards purchasing football uniforms for the team!  Disc golf is a fast growing sport that provides excellent low impact aerobic exercise and the enjoyment of being outdoors.

For more information click here 

 

Moxie Day 5K & Kids Pre Race Fun Run

The 19th Annual Moxie Day 5K will be held in July 2014 in Lisbon Falls. There is also a Kids Pre Race Fun Run.  Free race T-shirts will be provided to all runners. 

For more information: 353-2289 or click here   

 

Chief Worumbo Androscoggin River Race

The 16th Annual Chief Worumbo Androscoggin River Race will be held in July 2014.  The River Race is a fun-for-the-whole-family amateur race competition of 6 miles, with possible class I rips and easy class II rapids.  The race will start at the Durham Public Boat Launch, located on Route 136.  

For more information click here 

 

Oak Hill Middle School 3K Raccoon Run

 Go check out Oak Hill Middle School’s new “Raccoon Trails!” The event will be held on a mix of trails and fields in September (specific date TBD). There will also be a silent auction that features wellness items. For more information, call Oak Hill Middle School at (207) 375-6961

 

Lake Auburn Half Marathon, Bike Tour & 5K

The 3rd Annual Lake Auburn Half Marathon, Bike Tour & 5K will be held in September 2014. Races begin at Lost Valley Ski Area in Auburn.  There many options here including: Half Marathon, Team Half Marathon, Bike Tour, 5K and Walk, Team 5K and Walk, Half Marathon Relay, Kids 1K and Kids 1/2K. 

For more information click here      

 

Fight Back Against Cancer Festival (New Gloucester)

The Fight Back Against Cancer Festival will be held in September 2014. It is a biking, running, and walking fundraising event benefiting the Cancer Community Center. Participants of all levels and ability are invited to join us as we bike, run, and walk at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine for this family friendly day of encouragement and support.  Participants will enjoy activities, demonstrations, balloons, face painting, live music, and great food!

For more information click here

 

Ongoing Events

Wednesday Morning Bird & Nature Walks with Stan & Joan DeOrsey

Anyone interested in walking, seeing new places, fresh air, and nature is welcomed.  Walks are held in a variety of interesting and diverse local habitats, plus some less often visited. Please mark your calendars and join Stan and Joan DeOrsey every other Wednesday. 

Dates and more information can be found here 


Triple Crown 5K

The Triple Crown is a community fundraising 5K series open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities.  Each event also features a Kids Run for the little ones. 

For more info: (207) 795-4095 or click here  

 

The Dempsey Challenge

Join Certified Athletic Trainer and Cycling Coach Greg Jancaitis for brief informational sessions on what you can do to stay healthy and be ready to ride in this year’s Dempsey Challenge!

The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, 29 Lowell Street, 5th Floor, Lewiston, Maine, 04240.

For more information click here

 

Programs

Maine in Motion

The Maine in Motion Program is a statewide initiative of the Governor’s Council that was launched in 2004 to increase the daily level of physical activity for Maine citizens of all ages.  Maine in Motion provides a program that facilitates an increase in awareness of how physical activity can improve health across Maine while encouraging social interactions that support ongoing physical activity.  The foundation is a free year-round program that uses goal setting, self-monitoring, and pedometer use as a strategy for motivating individuals to maintain active lifestyles.  The program also encourages participants in setting realistic goals for physical activity, making healthy choices, and supports self-improvement and building self-esteem. 

To sign up, or for more information click here 

 

Other Exercise Ideas

Exercise includes anything that gets the participants moving, including, but not limited to:

  • Walking/Running
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Rollerblading
  • Nordic Walking (walking with the use of specialized poles)
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Playing ball with your kids
  • Even mowing the lawn (provided it is a push-mower, not the riding variety)

Here are some example of activities in each Intensity Level:

Low Intensity:

  • Walking slowly
  • golf (powered cart)
  • swimming (slow treading)
  • gardening
  • pruning
  • bicycling (very light effort)
  • dusting or vacuuming
  • conditioning exercise
  • light stretching or warm up

Moderate Intensity:

  • Walking briskly
  • golf (pulling or carrying clubs)
  • swimming (recreational)
  • mowing lawn (power motor)
  • tennis (doubles)
  • bicycling (level terrain or with a few hills)
  • scrubbing floors or washing windows, weight lifting

Vigorous Intensity:

  • Racewalking
  • jogging or running
  • swimming laps
  • mowing lawn (hand mower)
  • tennis (singles)
  • bicycling (more than 10 mph or on steep uphill terrain)
  • moving or pushing furniture
  • circuit training