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June 1, 2018

posted Jun 4, 2018, 7:57 AM by Christine Roman
Dear Parents and Guardians, 

I was driving in my car one afternoon this week and heard on the radio this advertisement about 5-2-1-0. I got the basic understanding of the information in the 30-second ad and then went on-line to learn a little more. In my google search, I typed in 5-2-1-0 and was led to the website called “What Is Let’s Go.” 

Let’s Go! is a program of The Kids CO-OP at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, and is implemented in partnership with Maine Health. In addition, Let’s Go! and Maine CDC/DHHS have engaged in a partnership to improve the health of youth and families through the work of the Healthy Maine Partnerships. Let’s Go! began in 2006 as a program of the United Way of Greater Portland. The goal of Let’s Go! (5-2-1-0) is to increase physical activity and promote healthy eating for children from birth to 18. 

They are hoping that families focus on 5-2-1-0: 
  • 5 (or more) fruits and vegetables a day 2 hours (or less) of recreational screen time 
  • 1 hour (or more) of physical activity 0 sugary drinks (more low fat milk & water) 
  • Keep TV/computer out of bedrooms. 
  • No screen time for children under the age of 2 

As a former PE and Health teacher, I feel this message is important, especially since our country’s childhood obesity numbers continue to climb. I like how this organization kept it simple and stressed these four important steps. 

As we move into nicer weather and summertime, I hope that your family will incorporate these steps into your days. Turn off the TV, pack a picnic lunch and get outside. On those rainy days, bring out those board games (Candy Land, Sorry, Monopoly) or play some card games (Crazy 8’s, 31, Cribbage) with your children at your kitchen table. 

Proper Footwear, Bug Spray, Sunscreen Lotion, and Field Trips
It is that time of year to remind everyone about how to make the last few weeks of school less stressful. The black flies and mosquitos can be annoying—please put bug spray on your child in the morning prior to them coming to school. Students love to run and climb on the playground equipment at recess. Please, no flip-flops and have students wear proper school footwear. Many classes are going on field trips over the next few weeks. Please make sure your child has on the proper clothing for the specific day. Sunscreen should be applied at home before coming to school. Also, some of these trips are further away and pick-up time is after our normal dismissal time. Please make special notes of field trip details. 

Have a great June weekend!