The staff of the Community Health Center in Southwest Harbor was recently recognized for commitment to childhood obesity prevention through the Let’s Go! Program. PHOTO COURTESY OF MDI HOSPITAL

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BAR HARBOR — Two of Mount Desert Island Hospital’s health centers have received 2018 Let’s Go! Healthcare Site of Distinction awards.

The staff of Cadillac Family Practice in Bar Harbor. PHOTO COURTESY OF MDI HOSPITAL

Both Cadillac Family Practice in Bar Harbor and the Community Health Center in Southwest Harbor achieved the distinction for their commitment to childhood obesity prevention through the nationally recognized Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 Program.

The program promotes evidence-based strategies to boost healthy eating and physical activity for children through the 5-2-1-0 daily formula: five servings of fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of recreational screen time, one hour or more of physical activity and zero sugary drinks.

In the health care setting, the Let’s Go! Program focuses on educating primary care practice teams on childhood obesity. Nurses and physicians are trained on how to work with patients and their families to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

“In collaboration with the Let’s Go! Program, the providers and office staff at both Cadillac Family Practice and the Community Health Center have demonstrated that they are prioritizing obesity prevention,” a statement from the hospital said.

Let’s Go! recognizes healthcare sites of distinction for three key areas of participation: displaying 5-2-1-0 messaging, accurately monitoring Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight classification for all patients ages two years and older and regularly engaging with patients in respectful conversations about healthy behaviors using the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Habits Questionnaire at well-child visits.

For more information about Let’s Go! in Hancock County, contact Healthy Acadia at 667-7171.

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