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 2017-2018, Let’s Go! reached over 240,000 children in Maine and Carroll County, New Hampshire, by:
Involving more communities with Let’s Go!
Providing and promoting healthy eating and active living strategies and policy recommendations
Nearly 20,000 staff helped implement Let's Go! strategies at over 1,300 sites. 700 schools, child care programs, and out-of-school programs limited sugary drinks and the same number provided opportunities for physical activity daily.