Nurse Leader and Community Partners Honored for Children’s Healthy Lifestyle Program Successes

More than 40 community members and local school administrators gathered at Mid Coast Hospital on the evening of Tuesday, May 22, to recognize their ongoing and successful partnership to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children. This event marked the 4-year anniversary of the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program in the Mid Coast community. Mid Coast Hospital was the first dissemination partner of the initiative.

Greater than 30% of area youth are considered overweight or obese. Lois Skillings, President and CEO of Mid Coast Health Services stated at the event, “The 5-2-1-0 program is just one example of how Mid Coast Hospital is building collaborations that support our 2020 Vision to improve the overall health of our community.”

The event also included special recognition of Marla Davis, RN for her work in collaborating with the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program to spread this program locally. As Marla prepares to step down her involvement in the program, Mid Coast Hospital is excited to announce that Jessica Loney, RN, MSN will be the new Program Coordinator. “Marla has been an invaluable champion in aligning community partners to support healthy choices for our youth,” said Loney. “I have learned a tremendous amount from her and look forward to carrying on her legacy.”

The Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program was developed by a team led by Victoria Rogers, MD, a pediatrician at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland. The program now has a statewide reach and is nationally recognized as a successful model. The 5-2-1-0 mnemonic is a simple way to reinforce the importance of four positive health behaviors that are recommended to increase physical activity and healthy eating. Those include: eating five fruits and vegetables per day, limiting screen time to two hours per day, engaging in one hour or more of physical activity per day and limiting sugar sweetened beverages to zero; by choosing water or low fat milk instead.

Mid Coast Hospital and ACCESS Health, the local Healthy Maine Partnership, provide technical assistance and grant support to community partners who wish to participate in the program. Current participants include RSU 1, MSAD 75, Brunswick Schools, many early childhood educations providers, libraries, and more. Through the hard work and dedication of the partners, over 7,000 children in the local community have interacted with the program and have been educated about the importance of healthy behaviors.