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Maine Kids, Families to Benefit from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Grant

 
Let’s Go!, a program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation to expand its effort to improve the health of kids and families in the state.

The grant will support the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 Goes to School project. Let’s Go! works with schools throughout Maine to implement policies aimed at increasing physical activity and healthy eating.

The Let’s Go! initiative encourages families to eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables daily, limit recreational screen time to 2 hours daily, participate in 1 hour or more of physical activity, and consume 0 sugary drinks.

“Let’s Go! has established a nationwide reputation because of the quality programs it offers and the impact it’s had on the students and families in Maine,” says Karen Voci, director of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.”

The grant will help the program expand its reach across the state, add staff, and develop long-term financial and dissemination plans.

“Maine, like the rest of our nation, is facing an obesity epidemic,” says Victoria Rogers, MD, a pediatrician and program director of Let’s Go! “Our data tells us that the 5-2-1-0 message is working, and that families are making healthy changes. This generous grant from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation will help us reach even more Maine families.”

This grant follows a $1.5 million gift from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation in 2012 to spread the Let’s Go! health care program across Maine and into areas of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Visit www.letsgo.org to learn more about the Let’s Go! program.

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