MHA Partners With Let's Go!
Released on 06/25/2014
The Maine Hospital Association (MHA) is partnering with Let’s Go!, an award-winning obesity prevention program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, to help increase healthy eating and active living wherever kids live, learn, work and play.
Nationally and in Maine, community hospitals are becoming more actively involved in promoting the health of their communities as the result of hospital-driven Community Health Needs Assessments, the Triple Aim, and the move to accountable care—all of which place a big priority on improving population health.
Let’s Go! uses a consistent message of “5-2-1-0 every day”:
- 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.
As a community-based program, Let’s Go
! already has partnered with 17 Maine hospitals, Healthy Maine Partnerships and others statewide, and now is expanding in Maine through this partnership with MHA, thanks to a major grant from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.
There are three simple ways for hospitals to get involved with Let’s Go!
to demonstrate the hospital’s commitment to improving the health of their community:
- Create awareness among patients and staff: Hang Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 posters in:
- Waiting rooms;
- Cafeterias; and
Free laminated posters are available by contacting Naomi Anderson Schucker
- Implement Let’s Go! in the hospital:
- Support a local Let’s Go! program: Please contact Naomi Anderson Schucker to learn more about Let’s Go! in your community.