Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC), a member of MaineHealth, recently accepted an expanded grant of $75,000 from MaineHealth to continue implementation of Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 as part of its mission to keep our communities healthy. SMHC is working with the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program to combat the childhood obesity epidemic, a serious challenge in our society that can set children up for a lifetime of chronic health issues. These increased funds support Let’s Go! York County’s prevention efforts in an expanded service area due to the merger with Goodall Hospital that created SMHC. The program now covers the Arundel, Biddeford, Buxton, Dayton, Hollis, Lyman, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Sanford, Springvale, Shapleigh, Alfred, Acton and Waterboro communities.
Owing to the new funds, Reegan Brown recently joined the SMHC Let’s Go! team as a Program Coordinator working alongside existing coordinator Van Beckman. Reegan brings with her some past experience as a Let’s Go! coordinator, having worked in the same role in Aroostook County where she also attended the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Reegan is both professionally and personally invested in the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 message and her endless enthusiasm is an asset to this program.
According to a 2013 health survey conducted by the Maine Department of Education and Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), 41.3 percent of Maine’s 5th and 6th graders are overweight or obese. Obesity is also one of six key priorities tracked through the MaineHealth Health Index Initiative, which measures progress in improving the health status of the people who reside in the MaineHealth service area. As a Community Health Improvement program within MaineHealth, Let’s Go! serves as a critical clinical and community strategy to address this important issue.
Southern Maine Health Care and Partners for Healthier Communities (PHC), a Healthy Maine Partnership and now a program of SMHC, are proud to be working in collaboration with the Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition (CHCC) and the York District Community Transformation Grant (CTG) program to be part of the movement for a healthier Maine. These partnerships involve supporting schools and early childhood education programs to offer healthy food and beverage options, provide opportunities to get physically active every day, and to limit recreational screen time.
About Let’s Go 5-2-1-0
Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program. The goal of Let’s Go! is to increase physical activity and healthy eating for children from birth to 18 years of age through policy and environmental change. Let’s Go! works in six sectors to reach families where they live, study, work and play to reinforce the importance of healthy eating and getting physical activity. A program of The Kids CO-OP at The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center, Let’s Go! is implemented in partnership with MaineHealth. Let’s Go!, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and DHHS have engaged in a public-private partnership to improve the health of youth and families through the work of the Healthy Maine Partnerships. To learn more, please visit www.letsgo.org.
About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including two acute care medical centers; one in Biddeford, Maine licensed for 150 beds and one in Sanford, Maine, licensed for 58 beds. SMHC offers excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. Eldercare services are provided through four sites located in Sanford. Non-emergency care is available at Walk-In Care centers in Saco and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smhc.org or @smhcHealth on Twitter.
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