This year Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 has honored 14 schools, six out-of-school programs, 14 childcare programs, and five healthcare practices in Waldo County for their commitment to healthy eating and active living for children and families.

All of Waldo County’s 52 Let’s Go! program sites are being honored Friday, Nov. 6, for their work in prioritizing children’s health.

Local winners include:

Gold: Ames Elementary School, Captain Albert W. Stevens School, East Belfast School, Gladys Weymouth Elementary, Kermit S. Nickerson School, Monroe Elementary School, Morse Memorial School, Mount View Elementary School, Mount View Middle School, Searsport District High School, Searsport District Middle School, Searsport Elementary, Troy Central School, Walker Elementary School.

Ames/Weymouth After-School Program, Captain Albert W. Stevens School After-School Program, East Belfast After-School Program, Searsport Elementary After-School Program, Searsport Middle School After-School Program Searsport;

Bronze: The Game Loft.

Gold: Belfast Area Children’s Center of Waldo, Cindy’s Daycare of Liberty, First Steps of Belfast, Grammie’s Child Care of Belfast, Jim and Bon’s Daycare of Searsmont, Starrett Children’s Center of Belfast, Waldo Community Action Partners’ Early Head Start Center based in Belfast, Waldo Community Action Partners’ Belfast Early Head Start Program, Waldo Community Action Partners’ Belfast Head Start Program, Waldo Community Action Partners’ Edna Drinkwater Head Start Program in Northport, Waldo Community Action Partners’ Searsport Head Start, Waldo Community Action Partners’ Unity Early Head Start Program, Waldo Community Action Partners’ Early Head Start Center based in Searsport;

Bronze: Waldo County YMCA Preschool of Belfast.

Healthcare: Belfast Natural Medicine, Donald S. Walker Health Center, Lincolnville Regional Health Center, Waldo County Medical Partners Family Medicine, Waldo County Medical Partners Family Practice.

The components of the 5-2-1-0 message are: 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day; no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time per day; 1 hour of physical activity a day; and 0 sugary drinks.

Barbara Crowley, head of Waldo County Healthcare’s Let’s Go! program, said, “We are coming together as a community, creating environments where movement and health promoting options are easy and fun. It is really good to hear that children in childcare now ask for water! The switch from juice and other sugary drinks to water has become a natural habit for their kids, this is a real win.”

A list of the 2014 Let’s Go! Sites of Distinction is available at letsgo.org.

Established in 2012, the Let’s Go! Site of Distinction certificate recognizes schools, child care, out-of-school programs, and healthcare practices for their dedication to creating healthy environments where kids live, learn and play. Let’s Go! recognizes three levels of success:

  • Bronze reflects a site implementing the program’s top five strategies;

  • Silver acknowledges a site that also communicates participation in Let’s Go! to families and the community; and

  • Gold is for sites that, in addition to the two levels above, also have written all five strategies into policy.

    “We are thrilled to honor sites across the state for their dedication to children’s health," said Dr. Victoria Rogers, director of Let’s Go! statewide. "All recipients have embraced Let’s Go!’s five priority strategies and many have written these strategies into policy. It’s efforts like these that truly impact children’s health and obesity rates.”

    Let’s Go!’s top five strategies are:

    1. Limit unhealthy choice for snacks and celebrations; provide healthy choices.

    2. Limit or eliminate sugary beverages; provide water.

    3. Prohibit the use of food as rewards.

    4. Provide opportunities to get physical activity every day.

    5. Limit recreational screen time.

    Healthcare sites are recognized for three obesity prevention program components:

  • Providing consistent 5-2-1-0 messaging in offices

  • Calculating BMI for all patients aged 2 and older

  • Using the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Habits questionnaire to have a respectful conversation about lifestyles with their patients