Building Healthy Environments for Youth


HealthIndexObesityLet's Go! reached over 230,000 children in Maine and Carroll County, NH, from 2016 to 2017.  
Childhood obesity in the U.S. has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.  Reducing childhood obesity ranks among the greatest public health challenges in the U.S. In Maine, 15% of high school and middle school students have obesity.


In response to this epidemic, all MaineHealth hospitals implement Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0, a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program that was developed in Maine. MainHealth organizations partner with schools, child care and out-of-school programs, healthcare practices and community organizations to change environments where children and families live, learn, work and play.

In 2016-2017, Let’s Go! reached over 230,000 children in Maine and Carroll County, New Hampshire, by:

  • Involving more communities with Let’s Go!
  • Changing environments
  • Providing and promoting healthy eating and active living strategies and policy recommendations

Let’s Go! also trained over 3,000 educators, school nutrition professionals, out-of-school counselors, program directors, and physicians (and their practice teams) to create healthier places where children and youth spend time.

Tracking Progress

Child Care Programs, Schools and Out-of-School Programs

Program Year 2016-2017 | Maine and Carroll County, NH

         Child Care
       Schools         Out-of-School
Registered sites 274 236 129 639
Children and youth reached*     9,710 70,760 9,998 n/a*
Registered sites reporting via Let's Go!  Annual Survey 253 213 116 582


*Participants attend multiple settings, so numbers can not be totaled across settings


Percentage of sites reporting that they....        Child Care
       Schools          Out-of-School
Limit unhealthy choices     94%    60%    97%    82%
Limit sugary beverages      100%    76%    98%    91%
Prohibit the use of food as a reward    97%    69%    92%    86%
Provide opportunities to get physical activity every day    99%    71%    98%    82%
Limit recreational screen time    96%    56%    99%    71%

Health Care Practices

Program Year 2016-2017 | Maine and Carroll County, NH

     Health Care
Registered practices             153
Children and youth reached    234,799
Registered practices reporting via Let's Go! Annual Survey    140


Percentage of sites reporting that...          

Health Care

   Let's Go! 5-2-1-0 poster is displayed in all exam rooms and waiting area    76%
   All providers routinely counsel on healthy eating and active living using 5-2-1-0 Healthy Habits Questionnaire at well-child visits    79%
   All providers routinely have BMI determined for patients age two years and older at well-child visits    91%

Trends in Weight Assessment and Counseling

Obesity MHACO Pediatric BMI

Let's Go! Annual Report

Explore results of the Let's Go! Annual Report 2017.
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