Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 honors County sites

9 years ago

    Official with Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 have announced that one school, five out-of-school (after-school) programs, two childcare centers, and two health care practices in Aroostook County are being honored for their commitment to excellence in healthy eating and active living for children and families. A total of 10 sites are prioritizing children’s health in collaboration with the Let’s Go! program.
Established in 2012, the Let’s Go! Site of Distinction certificate recognizes schools, out-of-school programs, childcare centers and healthcare practices for their dedication to creating healthy environments and policies where kids live, learn and play. A total of 368 sites statewide earned this illustrious distinction, a 28 percent increase from last year.
Let’s Go! encourages policy change and recognizes three levels of distinction: bronze reflects a site implementing the program’s top five strategies; silver acknowledges a site that has written at least one strategy into policy; and gold, the highest level of distinction, is reserved for sites that have written all five priority strategies into policy and enforce the written policy.
Let’s Go! Aroostook Sites of Distinction for program year 2013-14 include:
Bronze: After the Bell, Ashland District School 21st CCLC, Fort Fairfield 21st Century Kids After-School Program, Susan Sewell’s Day Care After-School Program and Dr. Levesque Elementary School.
Silver: Katahdin Elementary School 21st CCLC, ACAP Family Services Head Start – Mars Hill and Southern Aroostook Pre-K/ACAP Head Start Partnership.
Healthcare Sites of Distinction are Fish River Rural Health of Eagle Lake and Fish River Rural Health of Fort Kent.
“We are thrilled to honor sites across the state for their dedication to children’s health. All recipients have embraced Let’s Go!’s five priority strategies and many have written these strategies into policy,” said Dr. Victoria Rogers, director of Let’s Go! “It’s efforts like these that truly impact children’s health and obesity rates.”
Let’s Go!’s top five strategies are as follows: provide healthy choices for snacks and celebrations and limit unhealthy choices, provide water and low fat milk and limit or eliminate sugary beverages, provide non-food rewards, provide opportunities for children to get physical activity every day, and limit recreational screen time.
Health care sites are recognized for three practice specific, obesity prevention program components: providing consistent 5-2-1-0 messaging in offices, calculating BMI for all patients ages 2 and older, and using the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Habits questionnaire to have a respectful conversation about lifestyles with their patients
Let’s Go! Aroostook, a program of Aroostook County Action Program, Inc. (ACAP), is extremely proud of this year’s sites of distinction.
“Each site has worked hard this past year to ensure children in their programs are provided healthy options and activities,” explained Carol Bell, project director of ACAP/Healthy Aroostook. “In addition, all of the recognized sites have begun or are in the process of writing those initiatives into policy to ensure the continuation of healthy practices.”