Our Oil Heat Program for the 2012-2013 season has begun. Please call 1-877-JOE-4-OIL (1-877-563-4645) to receive an application. Please note that we are experiencing an extremely high volume of calls. Call center hours are Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM Eastern Standard Time.
In partnership with CITGO, Citizens Energy works with thousands of oil heat dealers and local fuel assistance agencies in 25 states to provide deliveries of home heating oil to those in need. The Oil Heat Program provides eligible families a one-time delivery of 100 gallons of home heating oil.
Research Opportunity: Developing Weight Loss Programs
The TU Collaborative invites you to participate in a new survey that seeks to gather input from individuals with psychiatric disabilities about the resources and services that would help them to achieve their weight loss goals. The information gathered will help to develop a weight loss program for mental health consumers interested in losing weight, providing the services and resources needed to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Who is eligible: Participants need to be over the age of 18 and have a psychiatric disability.
What the survey covers: This survey will help us identify what mental health consumers would like to see in a weight loss intervention. The survey will ask questions about personal health, nutrition, physical activity, goal setting, and preferences in technology and weight loss programs. Responses to the survey are completely anonymous and participants may choose to skip any question they do not wish to answer or stop the survey at any time. There is no penalty for not completing the survey.
There is no cost to attend; however, you must register by Friday, February 22, 2013.
Join us at one of the following six locations:
University of Maine, Augusta
University of Southern Maine, Lewiston/Auburn
University of Maine, Machias University of Southern Maine, Portland
University of Maine, Orono University of Maine, Presque Isle
Maine Quality Counts and its partners invite you to attend a free Maine "Health Care Town Hall Meeting" to view the film: ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. Donald Berwick, MD, along with other well-respected health leaders, provides important and insightful commentary throughout the film.
Health care tops the list of concerns of many Americans. ESCAPE FIRE is about finding a way out. It's about saving the health of a nation.
Following the film, we will discuss how we (health care providers and consumers) can improve health care in Maine together. Bring your questions to this meeting to learn more about how you can help and be more involved!
Bitterly cold temperatures continue to affect Maine and will for several days. Wild Chill Warnings and Advisories are in effect across much of the State. According to the National Weather Service, extreme cold conditions will continue into the weekend.
In addition to keeping yourself and your family warm and safe, please remember to check on friends and neighbors who may need extra help to stay warm. Keep track of expected temperatures by staying tuned to news broadcasts, or checking National Weather Service forecasts online.
Stay Safe in Cold Weather
Dress in layers.
Wear a warm hat – 30% of heat loss is through the head.
Wear a scarf and gloves.
Infants should be in a room in which the temperature is 61-68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Drink plenty of fluids and warm/hot drinks.
Eat regular balanced meals to give you energy – good nutrition is important.
Keep active, but not to the point where you’re sweating.
Keep dry and change out of wet clothes as soon as possible.
Cut down on alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, since all three cause heat loss.
Consider closing the door to unused rooms to keep the rooms you use most warm.
Ask your doctor if you are on any medications that affect your ability to maintain a steady body temperature (such as neuroleptic medications and sedative hypnotics).
Bring your pets indoors except for needed outdoor breaks.