DID YOU KNOW?
70% of obese children have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Let’s Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program being implemented throughout multiple states nationally – and right here in Montgomery County!
Healthy Living Alliance is partnering with schools, child care and out-of-school programs, healthcare practices and community organizations to change the environments where children and families live, learn work and play! 5-2-1-0 health messaging is the foundation for change that has been successful in stabilizing the obesity rates in Maine, and achieve the same goal for Montgomery County!
What does 5-2-1-0 stand for?
Our goal is to increase physical activity and healthy eating for children and families. We have six programs, otherwise known as settings, to reach families where they live, learn, work and play to reinforce the importance of making healthy choices. As a parent, what you do makes a difference in your family! Research shows that kids model their parents’ behaviors and attitudes. Kids learn to be physically active and to eat well by watching those around them. We’ve developed a variety of resources to help you and your family live by 5-2-1-0.
Schools reach children during an important period of development, in an environment that can positively influence healthy behaviors. Children spend the majority of their day at school and eat one or more meals, plus snacks during that time. Combine this with educational goals focused on positive physical, social, emotional, and academic development and schools are an ideal location to support increased physical activity and healthy eating. Schools have the opportunity to provide healthier foods in the classroom and cafeteria, and to creatively increase physical activity throughout the entire school day, supporting healthier children now. They also provide a safe environment for children to learn and practice the skills needed to support healthy behaviors for a lifetime! Get school resources here, as broken down by age group.
Out-of-school programs have a long history of providing safe and healthy places for diverse groups of children to learn and grow during a critical point in their development. They provide structure, role modeling, knowledge, and motivation, as well as a strong connection to parents and community. Out-of-school programs serve youth at a time of day when they are more likely to be inactive and consume less healthy foods. Programs can also serve as a bridge between what children learn at school and the important decisions parents make around physical activity and nutrition at home. This makes out of school programs an ideal location to provide and promote opportunities for increased physical activity and healthy eating, and in turn, positively influence children’s physical, social, emotional, and academic growth! Get your out-of-school resources here.
Workplaces reach parents and caregivers where they spend the majority of their day, in an environment that can highly influence and support their behaviors around healthy eating and physical activity. These parents and caregivers play an important part in supporting and role modeling 5-2-1-0 behaviors for their children. There are also many benefits to employers who want to help employees and families be healthier. The 5-2-1-0 message provides a great starting point for workplaces that are new to wellness promotion and strengthens the efforts of workplaces with existing wellness activities. Get resources for your office here.
Health Care Resources
Healthcare professionals and primary care physicians are credible sources for health and wellness messages. They also play an integral role in the health of our communities. Introducing our 5-2-1-0 message for a healthy lifestyle is a natural fit for our obesity prevention goal and gives providers easy tools and messages to share with their patients and families. Learn more here.
Child Care Resources
Many children are in a child care setting, often for several hours each day. Because of this, the child care environment and providers play an important role in helping the children in their care develop healthy eating and physical activity habits that will last a lifetime.The goal of Let’s Go!’s work is to bring about environmental and policy changes that support healthy eating and physical activity. We aim to do this in multiple settings that reach children from birth to age 5. Get more information here.