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Let's Go! York County Announces Sites of Distinction

11/18/2013

Let’s Go! York County, a program of Southern Maine Medical Center and Goodall Hospital’s Partners for Healthier Communities,  announced the recognition of 26 York County Sites of Distinction supporting healthy lifestyles for children and families during its 2012-13 program year. The sites include seven area healthcare practices, nine early childhood programs, six schools, and one afterschool program.

At a recognition dinner held at Duffy’s Tavern in Kennebunk on November 7, Let’s Go! Founder and Director Tory Rogers, M.D. presented site leaders with framed certificates of recognition rewarding the sites for their hard work in the previous year. All 20 sites with representation at the event are also current Let’s Go! sites for the 2013-14 year.

“We are immensely proud of the work York County Let’s Go! sites have done, and what a fantastic opportunity to have so many accomplished folks from our area gather together to celebrate that work,” said Rogers, a Saco resident, after the event. “It's an exciting chance for them to meet and share their great stories with each other and with us, as well as to receive the recognition they so well deserve.”

The 2013 sites of distinction for York County are:

After School
Kid Connection, Lebanon - Silver

School
The New School, Kennebunk - Bronze
Gov. John Fairfield School, Saco - Bronze
Jameson School, Old Orchard Beach - Bronze
Kennebunk Elementary School - Silver
Kennebunkport Consolidated School - Silver
St. James School, Biddeford - Silver

Early Childhood
YMCA of Southern Maine Child Care Center, Biddeford - Silver
Biddeford 2 Head Start - Silver
Biddeford 3 Head Start - Silver
Sanford 2 Head Start - Silver
Old Orchard Beach Head Start - Silver
SunShine Childcare, Lyman - Silver
Deer Pond Edu-Care, Hollis - Gold
Sue's Place Child Care Center, Arundel - Gold
St. James Preschool & Child Development Center, Biddeford - Gold

Healthcare
Waterboro Village Pediatrics
SMMC PrimeCare Pediatrics, Biddeford
SMMC PrimeCare Family Medicine, Saco
SMMC PrimeCare Pediatrics, Kennebunk
SMMC PrimeCare Pediatrics, Saco
SMMC PrimeCare Family Medicine, Kennebunk
Maine Medical Partners Pediatrics, Saco

Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0, a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program of the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, has recognized 210 schools, after school programs, and childcare programs across Maine this year for supporting children and families in healthy eating and active living. This recognition was given to those organizations and programs that implemented five strategies for childhood obesity prevention. The strategies are:

1. Provide healthy choices for snacks and celebrations; limit unhealthy choices
2. Provide water and low-fat milk; limit or eliminate sugary beverages
3. Provide non-food rewards
4. Provide opportunities for children to get physical activity every day
5. Limit recreational screen time

In addition, 69 healthcare practices in Maine were recognized for successfully implementing the three components of becoming a Let’s Go! healthcare site:

1. Provide consistent 5-2-1-0 messaging in offices
2. Calculate BMI for all patients aged two and older
3. Use the 5-2-1-0 questionnaire to have a respectful conversation about weight with their patients

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including an acute care medical center licensed for 150 beds in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMHC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org or follow @smmcHealth on Twitter.

About Partners for Healthier Communities
Partners for Healthier Communities(PHC) is a community coalition working in partnership with Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition and Choose to Be Healthy by bringing together interested people to promote and improve the health and well-being of residents in York County, Maine. PHC provides general resources and can help with policy development on areas such as tobacco, physical activity, nutrition, and substance abuse prevention in the towns of Sanford/Springvale, Acton, Alfred, Waterboro, Shapleigh, Lyman, Limerick, Limington, Parsonsfield, Newfield, and Cornish. PHC is one of 27 local Healthy Maine Partnerships (HMP). The HMP initiative is a collaborative effort among local coalitions, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Department for Health & Human Services (ME CDC DHHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) and the Department of Education (DOE). The HMP initiative is supported primarily by the Fund for Healthy Maine with federal grants from the US CDC, SAMHS, and DOE. For more information visit http://www.goodallhospital.org/community-programs/partners-for-healthier-communities/

About Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0
Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0, a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program of the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. 5-2-1-0 is a mnemonic devised by Let’s Go! to provide a consistent and easy-to-remember message about healthy eating and active living. It stands for: 5 or more fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, 0 sugary drinks, more water and low-fat milk. Let’s Go! works in six different settings to reach families where they live, learn, work and play to reinforce the importance of healthy living. To learn more, please visit www.letsgo.org.

Media Contact:   
Leslie Roberts
Southern Maine Medical Center
(207) 283-7232
lbroberts@smmc.org

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