PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Nine-year-old Ayub Mohamud ate two breakfasts, one at home and one at school, loved candy and chips, got little exercise, and had signs of being pre-diabetic. After starting Portland, Maine’s 5-2-1-0 program, he lost 3 pounds quickly.
While childhood obesity has leveled off, a third of children and teens are overweight, with the heaviest boys becoming heavier. The Centers for Disease Control recently awarded 39 communities $257 million to study youth obesity hoping to reverse this epidemic by 2015.
Portland’s ‘Let’s Go!’ program is one the recipients and its 5-2-1-0 logo stands for at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, 2 hours less of screen time, one hour of exercise and 0 sugary drinks. The five year-old program, supported by businesses and health care experts, reports that 28% of children like Ayub have changed behaviors.
‘Let’s Go!’ has expanded to 345 schools in Maine and to childcare centers, medical practices and after school programs.
Learn about ‘Let’s Go!’ in The Wall Street Journal.
Reported By Dr. Marciene Mattleman, KYW Newsradio