The article is part of our series of blog posts featuring each of the individuals and/or organizations selected for the National AfterSchool Association’s Most Influential in Health and Wellness for afterschool. The Walking Classroom proudly sponsored the competition because of our strong belief in the value of afterschool programs and the importance of promoting healthier lifestyles for all kids.
Our next honoree is:
5-2-1-0 Let’s Go
Let’s Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program implemented throughout Maine and in a few communities in neighboring states. They partner with schools, child care and out-of-school programs, healthcare practices, and community organizations to change environments where children and families live, learn, work, and play. They developed 5-2-1-0 as the foundation for change.
- 5 or more fruits and vegetables
- 2 hours or less of recreational screen time
- 1 hour or more of physical activity
- 0 sugary drinks, more water
Let’s Go is working!
Environments and policies are changing at nearly 1,000 sites, healthy behaviors are increasing, and childhood obesity rates are leveling off. With all this great success, there is still work to be done, particularly around physical activity, which is a focus area for Let’s Go! in the coming years.
Recognizing OST Programs
The Let’s Go! recognition program acknowledges all the hard work that is happening in our out-of-school programs! Let’s Go! recognizes three levels of accomplishment for implementing our Five Priority Strategies and writing them into policy. Achieving these levels of recognition takes time, dedication and support. It is our goal to provide the tools and support needed to help out-of-school programs sustain the great work they are doing and be recognized for it!
Selections were made by NAA based on strong advocacy for and support of health and wellness in afterschool. Those selected represent individuals and organizations whose service, action, and leadership align with and support the NAA Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards and affect large numbers of youth, families, or afterschool professionals.