Help to transform your town! Active Communities integrate physical activity opportunities into community planning, transportation, and land use decisions. They enhance health and well-being, economic prosperity, public safety, and academic performance. Learn more about how we can change our towns into Active Communities and bring these benefits to western Maine.
Why should you attend?
- It's free! We're happy to be able to offer free registration and share the valuable information covered in the conference sessions with anyone with the time and interest to attend.
- Free stuff! The first 100 people to register will receive a flash drive packed with conference presentations and valuable information.
- Continuing Education Units! Professionals in need of CEUs will be assisted by conference organizers in obtaining credit for attending.
- Connect with resources and partners! Educational displays partners will be on hand to share information on funding sources, helpful programs, and potential partners for active community work.
Who should attend this event?
- Business owners
- Town managers, planners & councils
- Elected officials
- Students, school board members & faculty
- Professionals in the fields of economic development, public health, transportation, parks & recreation, public works, and public safety
- Anyone interested in improving their community in western Maine
- 12:30-1:00 Registration
- 1:00-1:50 Keynote: ACEs and Their Value, Nancy Grant, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
- 2:00-2:50 Breakout Session One
- Wayfinding, Jim Tasse, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
- Safe Routes to School, Darcy Whittemore, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
- Bike/Ped Conditions Audit, Jenn Thibodeau, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
- 3:00-3:50 Breakout Session Two
- Tools for Community Change, Jenn Thibodeau, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
- Community Advocacy for All Ages, Panel Discussion
- Bike/Ped Conditions Audit, Darcy Whittemore, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
- 4:00-4:50 Breakout Session Three
- Trail Development, Panel Discussion
- ACE Teams: Who and How, Doug Beck, Maine Center for Disease Control, and Nancy Grant, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
- 5:00-5:30 Success Stories, Panel Discussion
More about Active Community Environments
Active Community Environments (ACEs) are places where people of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to live, work and play in a safe and inviting place which enables physically active recreation and transportation, particularly walking and biking. These places:
- Support and promote physical activity for all people
- Have sidewalks, safe roads for biking, multi-use paths and trails, parks and open spaces, and facilities for recreation
- Have quality connections between homes, stores, workplaces, schools, downtowns and/or village centers
ACEs help people to be more physically active. They create a vibrant community atmosphere that enables healthy lifestyles, social interaction, environmental quality and economic prosperity.
More information about Active Community Environments is available here.
Who is organizing the conference?
This event is brought to you by a collaborative effort between the Oxford County Active Community Environment Team (ACET), and the Western Maine Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Program. The ACET group, a part of the Oxford County Wellness Collaborative, is a dedicated core of individuals from across Oxford County who are working to improve opportunities for active living. The Western Maine CTG Program, funded by the CDC, is a public health partnership that is also devoted to increasing physical activity in Oxford, Franklin, and Androscoggin counties.
Lead coordination for this event is being provided by Healthy Oxford Hills, a Healthy Maine Partnership and a project of Stephens Memorial Hospital.
Healthy Oxford Hills