Thursday, June 21, 2012

Two Towns Receive Special Recognition for Efforts Combating Obesity

Louise Cole Anderson and Sharon Brassard of the South Berwick Recreation Department and Natalie Gould of Eliot Community Service Department receive Redy awards from Sue Patterson of the Choose To Be Healthy Partnership (courtesy photo)
Sharon Brassard and Louise Cole Anderson of South Berwick Recreation and Natalie Gould of Eliot CSD received “Redy” awards at the recent Choose To Be Healthy Annual Meeting. All three serve on the Choose To Be Healthy Community Health Action Team that implemented an obesity prevention program called Let’s Go 5210 throughout the Eliot and South Berwick community this past year.
Choose To Be Healthy received a prestigious American Medical Association Healthy Living grant of $4000 last fall. The goal of the Action Team was to provide training to community partners and have partners implement strategies that promote healthier eating and more physical activity for children. Partners included Eliot Elementary School, Central School, Marshwood Great Works School, Little Buddies Family Child Care, South Berwick Recreation, Eliot CSD and Great Works Family Practice.
The Let’s Go 5210 model has four important daily messages: five or more fruits and vegetables, two hours or less recreational screen time, one hour or more of physical activity and zero sugary drinks with an emphasis on drinking water and low fat or skim milk.
The strategies chosen by the partners were providing healthy choices for snacks and celebrations and to provide opportunities for children to get physical activity every day.
A survey assessing parents’ knowledge and implementation of Let’s Go 5210 strategies was distributed in May with 172 parents providing feedback. Sixty seven percent are familiar with the Let’s Go 5210 message and 78 percent have implemented healthy behaviors at home.
Choose To Be Healthy (CTBH) is one of twenty-seven local Healthy Maine Partnerships that work to reduce the incidence of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease and substance abuse. CTBH staff, members and partners work in the towns of Berwick, Eliot, Kittery, North Berwick, South Berwick, Wells, Ogunquit, Lebanon, and York.
Choose To Be Healthy is largely funded with tobacco settlement money from the Fund for a Healthy Maine through the Maine DHHS (Maine CDC and Office of Substance Abuse) and DOE. Additional financial and in-kind support comes from federal and state grants, foundations, local organizations and our lead agency, York Hospital. For more information, please contact Sue Patterson at 439-9473 or visit our website at
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