Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

I was invited by MaineHealth to "watch" a Twitter chat recently. It was organized by the Maine Health Learning Resource Center and was its first ever.

For those of you who don't know, a Twitter chat is a live conversation on Twitter centered around a specific topic. In this case, since it's American Heart month, the conversation was about heart health. Read the Catching Health blog to find out what I learned — about participating in a Twitter chat and about how to have a healthy heart.

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South Portland maps out new vision for Mill Creek


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The city of South Portland is working on a new vision for Mill Creek.

Mill Creek was designed as a car-friendly shopping district after World War II. But as the city has grown and retail chains have moved to the Maine Mall area, there has been demand for a more urban downtown area.

A committee has been working on a draft plan that would change zoning and use some public money to improve the gateways into the city. The plan would also lay out a vision for property owners in Mill Creek, and give them incentives to develop taller, mixed-use buildings with local shops, restaurants, and housing.

"People can have a type of experience where they could live and work and get services go about their daily lives without necessarily having to jump in a car every time they want to go someplace" said Tex Haeuser, South Portland's Director of Planning and Development.

Don't Ever Shovel Like My Husband Does

Don't Ever Shovel Like My Husband Does

Shoveling pounds and pounds of snow can take its toll on your heart and your back. Diane Atwood has some helpful tips in this Catching Health blog post, including why you shouldn't shovel like her husband does. Read more ...

Officials calling for more oversight of medical marijuana industry


AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland's police chief is calling for more oversight of the medical marijuana industry in Maine.

He said since the state's medical marijuana program has expanded in the past few years, his department has had to investigate what, at first, appears to be illegal activity, but ultimately turns out not to be.

"They are cropping up several times a year now, where they were not an issue before," South Portland Police Chief Edward Googins said.

In late January, South Portland Police responded to a disturbance call at a house on Southwell Avenue. Once at the home, officers noticed cooking equipment and other materials they believed could be used to make methamphetamine, or crystal meth.

"We had to get obviously resources in there to find out just what the heck was going on," Googins said.

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Your Way of Dealing with Trauma May Not Be Mine

Your Way of Dealing with Trauma May Not Be Mine

Trauma related to military service or a terrible event may be a major cause of post-traumatic stress, but it can also happen after a seemingly minor event. Learn more from a post-traumatic stress expert in this post from Catching Health with Diane Atwood.

SoPo committee proposes new vision for Mill Creek


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A city committee is proposing a new development for the Mill Creek area in South Portland with the idea of it being a walkable mixed-use urban village. The new plan is already causing controversy.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the plan images Mill Creek as an extension of Portland's Old Port. Mill Creek is directly off the Casco Bay Bridge, which connects downtown Portland to South Portland and Cape Elizabeth. Mill Creek would have more streets, taller buildings, more businesses and homes.

"It's an effort to establish an expanded, planned downtown for our city," said Craig Piper, an architect who is chairman of the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee.

No, Diane. You're Not a Slacker

No, Diane. You're Not a Slacker

Art is such a healthy pursuit! My last post on the mylatestart blog was the end of August. Since then, I completed a course in 3D design. It really stretched the limits for me, which is a good thing. See some of the projects I worked on ...