Local Schools Celebrate Colorful Fruits & Vegetables

Mid Coast Hospital and Access Health recently teamed up with MSAD #75, Brunswick School System, and Riverview Foundation’s after-school programs to celebrate "Colors Week", an annual initiative that focuses on the importance of eating fruits and vegetables every day. Each year, this event serves to highlight the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program, offered in partnership by the two organizations at local schools, day care centers, and community sites.

Throughout the weeklong event, a daily fruit or vegetable was featured and made available to sample during lunch. To increase awareness and engagement, students were encouraged to wear the featured color of the day that matched the food sample. Over 7,000 students participated in this colorful event.

Nutrition education continued outside of the classroom as well. At the start of the week, students were given five multicolored bracelets to wear throughout the week. The “5 A Day” bracelets acted as a visual tool to remind kids to eat the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Each time a serving was eaten, the student moved a bracelet from one arm to the other.

Area schools have been promoting the 5-2-1-0 message for almost five years when Mid Coast Hospital began collaborating with them to create healthier environments for students. 5-2-1-0 focuses on four positive health behaviors: 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.

Mid Coast Hospital and Access Health provide technical assistance and grant support to community partners who wish to participate in the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program. As part of their commitment to creating healthy environments for local youth, they will be assisting RSU 1 will their “Colors Week” during the week of March 18, and will also be co-facilitating an upcoming Storywalk® at Curtis Memorial Library on April 18th.

For more information about the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 initiative within the Midcoast area, contact Jessica Loney at (207) 373-6592 or jloney@midcoasthealth.com. You can also learn more about healthy eating here!