|Countdown to a Healthy ME
About Our Program
A healthy weight is one of the most important ways to have a healthy body. Many children in America carry more weight than is healthy. If your child is too, you are not alone.
At the Countdown to a Healthy ME program, our goal is to protect the health of children as they grow. We guide families one step at a time as they develop healthy habits that we hope will last a lifetime. We strive to be positive and encouraging, and we want all of our patients to feel great about the progress they make.
Countdown to a Healthy ME is a Let’s Go! healthcare site of distinction. We reinforce the Let’s Go! message of “5-2-1-0”: 5 or more fruits or vegetables a day, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of fun physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks, more water or low fat milk.
Who is Countdown for?
We welcome any family who is concerned about their child’s weight and health, from infancy through the teenage years. We focus on children who have a body mass index (BMI) – a comparison of weight to height – greater than the 85th percentile. This calculation is how the American Academy of Pediatrics defines “overweight”. Many of the children we work with have a BMI greater than the 95th percentile. Our program is also designed for children who may already have medical problems because of their weight.
We feel families do best when they work together. For this reason, we invite all members of the family to our visits.
Our Countdown Team
Our team includes pediatricians with expertise in primary care, hormone problems, and digestive problems; a nurse practitioner; social workers; and dieticians.
What to Expect
Your primary care provider needs to refer you to our program. At the first visit you will meet with a doctor or nurse practitioner and dietician. After the first visit we decide with you how often follow-up visits should be and which other team members should work with your family. Most families come monthly, others less often.
Maine Medical Partners
Pediatric Specialty Care
Countdown to a Healthy ME
1577 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102
Phone: (207) 662-5210
Fax: (207) 772-3098