Youth Obesity Program - We Can!

At Waterville Junior High School, health teacher Jane Dean is teaching sixth-graders how to see through deceptive junk food marketing, improve activity levels and make healthier snack choices.

At the Mitchell Elementary School in Waterville, Wendy Lagasse of MaineGeneral Health System's Prevention Center is presenting a program to third-graders in an effort to get the children to break from a national statistic -- that children average six hours a day watching TV or playing video games.

Numerous studies show a direct correlation between time spent in front of a screen and elevated risks for weight gain and related health problems, says Alan Majka, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Educator in the Kennebec County Office in Augusta.

7TH Annual 5K Walk for Hope

EVENT: 7TH Annual 5K Walk for Hope
MaineGeneral fund-raiser from Breast Care Program

DATE: Sat., Oct. 16, 2010

TIME:  Walk begins at 9 a.m.

LOCATION: Sam's Club, Marketplace Augusta-to the UMA Nature Trail & back
CONTACT:    Diane Peterson, 626-1322; Pager: 264-1147

Last year's walk drew more than 700 walkers and raised more than $90,000.
For more details go to and click on the pink ribbon.