Focus on Healthy Eating and Activities
Over the past 10 years, Let’s Go! has been building healthy environments for kids and their families wherever they live, learn, work and play.
Let’s Go! focuses on increasing healthy eating and physical activity using the 5-2-1-0 healthy habits message: five or more fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of recreational screen time, one hour or more of physical activity and zero sugary drinks.
When Let’s Go! launched in 2006, the program was offered in two settings: schools and health practices. As the program grew, these settings were expanded to include child care programs, out-of-school programs and school cafeterias — giving kids the opportunity to practice healthy habits in even more places across their communities.
In 2016, nearly 1,000 schools, child care and out-of-school programs, health care practices and school cafeterias focused on helping kids make healthy choices.
All MaineHealth members are actively engaged in supporting that effort, including Memorial Hospital in North Conway, NH. The 37th Annual Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament grossed over $50,000 to support Let’s Go!.Memorial celebrated 16 of its Let’s Go! partners in late 2016 for building environments where unhealthy food choices are limited and opportunities for physical activity are plentiful. Memorial also invites local school-aged children to take part in an annual Fun Run at StoryLand to kick off a school-year-long initiative of health and wellness education and activities in the Mt. Washington Valley.
Encouraging Adults to Take “Small Steps”
With support from Maine Medical Partners and MaineHealth, Let’s Go! has expanded its reach beyond children with the development of the Small Steps initiative to address adult obesity.
The program emphasizes positive messages encouraging healthy habits to support healthy weight: Eat Real,
Move More, Drink Water and Rest Up. The program launched in the primary care setting in 2016 and is currently implemented by 14 practices within the MaineHealth system. The program plans to expand, with
the goal of supporting additional practices and worksite wellness programs.
By September 30, 2018, at least 80 percent of eligible MaineHealth practices will receive training on the Small Steps standard of care for adult obesity and at least 50 percent of practices will be implementing components of this standard.