On Maine’s Slopes, Plenty of Elbow Room by Michael Appleton for The New York Times featured Maine’s ski slopes promoting their facilities, Maine’s hospitality, and free open spaces. The article was a three-page spread with views from Sugarloaf and Sandy River. The U.S. Olympic ski team uses Sugarloaf to train at because of its remoteness and excellent slopes.
Women’s Health Magazine named Portland, Maine, one of the healthiest cities in the United States for a woman to live. The magazine’s fifth annual survey, which was conducted in partnership with Men’s Health, ranked cities in 41 categories that included nutrition, cost of living and cancer rates. Portland earned a rank of 10th place out of 100 cities beating our larger cities like San Diego, or Portland, Oregon.
“Creating an environment that makes it easy for people to live healthy and active lives is important for the city and this recognition highlights the fact that our hard work is paying off,” remarked City of Portland Mayor Michael Brennan. “Value driven policy initiatives like improving the nutrition in our schools, creating smoke free parks, and expanding access to preventative health care are just a few reasons as to why Portland is earning a national reputation as the place to live.”
Improving the quality of life and reducing health risks associated with obesity has been a priority for the city with hundreds of measures developed and implemented over the past few years. Portland maintains more than nine hundred acres of parks and open spaces, at least seventy-five miles of trails, more than twenty playgrounds, as well as Story Walks and fitness trails — creating ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
Other recent infrastructure improvements implemented to make it easy for residents and visitors to live healthy lives include the expansion of the city’s community gardens to one hundred and thirty plots at four locations and the majority of Portland schools, implementation of a program that allows residents to use SNAP benefits at local farmers markets, installing salad bars at all public schools, creating Portland Walkways that identify signed routes for children and parents to walk or bilk to school, and expanding bike lanes and other infrastructure to make it easier for cyclists to ride around the city.