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News and Information for the
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Network

July 2013

Childhood Obesity Conference in September


Harvard Pilgrim providers are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Let’s Go! 5210 Childhood Obesity Conference held September 12-13 in Portland, Maine. Let’s Go! is  a childhood obesity prevention initiative that emphasizes healthy behavior with an easy to remember 5210 theme: 5 or more fruits or vegetables, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks (instead, more water and low-fat milk).

Let’s Go! Healthcare—the clinical extension of this work—is a partnership with primary care physicians to provide educational outreach, training, and supporting materials to assist practices in assessing and addressing childhood obesity. Let’s Go! Healthcare is supported by a three-year grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s own childhood obesity prevention program, Growing Up Healthy. Growing Up Healthy is an eight-year $9.5 million grant and leadership initiative to prevent childhood obesity by changing the environments where kids ages 6-12 spend their time.

The conference includes presentations on connecting learning, activity, and obesity; obesity in infants and toddlers; metabolic syndrome; focused obesity treatment in the office setting; and school improvement. The conference presenters and panelists will share research, best practice strategies, and practical tools to promote healthy behaviors. In addition, there’s an optional preconference training on motivational interviewing on Sept. 11. The full conference agenda can be found online.

Physicians may be eligible to receive continuing medical education credits for this event. For more information and to register, visit the 2nd Annual Let’s Go! 5210 Childhood Obesity Conference online.

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