‘Iceland Model’ topic of Rangeley health, wellness Aug. 12 session

RANGELEY — Harvey Milkman, instrumental in creating and guiding the “Iceland Model” of health care, will speak in Rangeley at a health and wellness conference, Rangeley Connects, Monday, Aug. 12.
State and local government officials, medical and health professionals, outdoor dducators, youth development organizations, businesses and other parties are invited to join Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and Rangeley Health and Wellness at the special session, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rangeley Inn.
Milkman, a professor, teaches at Metro State in Denver, Colo., and Reykjavik University in Iceland. His work was instrumental in creating and guiding the Iceland Model. Over the past 20 years, Iceland has gone from having the highest rates of teen drug and alcohol abuse to the lowest. The Iceland Model has since been adopted by 31 countries and numerous cities around the world.
“We believe that we can learn from the Iceland Model and integrate this approach into a comprehensive effort to get people of all ages outdoors and active, improve our health, and benefit our local economy,” organizers of the event said in a news release. Participants will begin to envision Rangeley as a model rural community where people of all ages are active and outdoors year-round, where health outcomes are continually improved and where the environment and economy benefit from these activities.
Contact RLHT at 207-864-7311 for information or visit rlht.org.

PHOTO: Harvey Milkman (Submitted photo)