The Let’s Go! Program is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program developed in Maine.
Let’s Go! Helps to significantly decrease childhood obesity rates by increasing opportunities for healthy eating and active living where children and families live, learn, work and play. Our vision is to improve the lives of children and families we serve by increasing healthy eating and active living behaviors. The strategies for success are evidence based and align with national recommendations.
Our 5 priority strategies:
- Limit unhealthy choices for snacks and celebrations; provide healthy choices.
- Limit or eliminate sugary drinks; provide water.
- Prohibit the use of food as a reward.
- Provide opportunities to get physical activity every day.
- Limit recreational screen time.
How will the 5 priority strategies be implemented?
LG registered child care centers, schools, and after school programs receive personal technical assistance, a toolkit, and other resources to develop an action plan, goals and policies toward implementation of the 5 priority strategies.
LG registered school nutrition programs receive personal technical assistance, a toolkit, and other resources to develop an action plan and goals to support the 60 lunchroom strategies.
Local School Wellness Policy – A Partnership with the Maine Department of Education
- LG Coordinator will provide technical assistance and resources to school wellness or policy committee’s in reviewing and revising policy language, to meet the Federal and State law mandates for compliance.
- Provide guidance and support to develop an action plan and goal setting to meet the communication, implementation, and monitoring mandates of the revised policy.
Smarter Lunchroom Movement
National program providing 60 evidence based behavioral economics strategies for school lunchrooms to nudge children, teens, and staff toward healthier food and beverage options; including marketing and food waste reduction resources.
- Smarter Lunchrooms for Schools – Annual LG Smarter Lunchroom Award Recognition Program
Professional Development Opportunities with CEUs
“Penquis Child Development is very appreciative of the Let’s Go 5-2-1-0 program and Bonnie Irwin , the Penobscot County program coordinator, and their assistance in making healthy improvements to our centers,” Chuck Leithiser, Early Childhood Nutrition Coordinator, Penquis Child Development.
- Annual School Symposium – Bangor – October – National speakers and trainers
- Annual Active Play Training – Bangor – June – Diane Craft, PhD