The Let’s Go! Waldo “Get Our Kids Healthy” banner is once again on the move in Waldo County. Have you seen it this summer? If not, chances are good you will spot it at its next location, the Belfast Hannaford.

Hannaford joined forces with Let’s Go! as a founding partner over eight years ago. Since then, they’ve provided financial support and strong leadership for the 5-2-1-0 message and the program. Over time, we’ve seen Hannaford source more local products and take steps to make the healthy choice the easier choice, an approach that Let’s Go! uses in everything we do.

“Hannaford is a true community partner, not only do they support healthy eating through their Guiding Stars initiative but they’re active in many local communities.” says Dr. Victoria Rogers, Director of Let’s Go! based in Portland Maine.

Besides locating the colorful Let’s Go! banner, check out the informative Guiding Stars at Hannaford. Locating the Guiding Stars is a great way to help kids find the most nutritious items for every budget. One, two or three Guiding Stars means that item has more vitamins, minerals, fiber and whole grains. That item also has less saturated fat, trans fats, cholesterol, added sodium or added sugars. The more Guiding Stars (three is the most) the more nutritional value. If a food item has no stars it means one of two things; the food doesn’t meet the nutritional criteria for a Guiding Star or the food is not rated. Want to learn more, go to Hannaford website under Healthy Eating. You can also pick up a flyer on Guiding Stars at any Hannaford customer service counter.

Keep a look out for the Let’s Go! program around Waldo County and the state. Let’s Go! works in six areas to reach families where they live, learn, work and play to reinforce the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. It has created programs specific to these areas: Early Childhood (Child Care), Schools, After School, Workplace, and Healthcare. The 5210 message (5 or more fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity and 0 sugary drinks, more water and low fat milk a day) is used consistently across all of the program areas. See more at: http://www.letsgo.org