BAR HARBOR — A county-wide health action plan envisions increased access to local food, greater opportunities for movement and a host of other healthy lifestyle changes for area residents.
The Community Health Improvement Plan 2012-2016 was put together by Bar Harbor-based Healthy Acadia, and is the culmination of years of work by coalitions and community groups from throughout Hancock County, said Healthy Acadia’s executive director Doug Michael. The plan was released this fall.
That framework includes five major goals, including local food, movement, healthful services, positive social development, and environmental health. Each goal is divided into objectives, and each of these is further divided into concrete action steps that can be assessed and measured.
The goals reflect the results of countless hours of work by community groups and volunteers who did hundreds of interviews that sought to determine the health-related issues that are most important to local people, said Elsie Flemings, development director for Healthy Acadia. The interviews further sought to determine those issues that people would be most likely to work on, she said.
The entire Community Health Improvement Plan 2012-2016 can be found at HealthyAcadia.org, under the resources section.