Obesity Prevention, Treatment & Education

Taking action together to reduce obesity and overweight and the medical conditions associated with these conditions is essential for securing Maine's health and economic future. The Maine Obesity Advisory Council (MOAC) was convened in October 2017 by the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention (Maine CDC) and Let's Go!, a program of The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center. MOAC has developed recommendations to guide local, district, and statewide programs, policies, and partnerships in reducing obesity and the medical conditions associated with obesity, that result in poor health, higher medical costs, and negative impacts on quality of life in Maine. The Maine AAP has been an active contributor to the work of the MOAC.

Visit the Maine Obesity Advisory Council's Website!

Measures for Children at High Risk for Obesity. The new resource includes a decision tree that walks researchers and practitioners through a series of questions regarding whether to develop, adapt, or apply an instrument for obesity measures in high-risk populations. The decision tree also provides five real-world case scenarios that describe the rationale for choosing one of the three measurement approaches. A Connect & Explore webinar about this resource was held on January 26, 2021 and hosted nearly 200 attendees.


USDA site focused on healthy eating and active living

Maine Outdoor Coalition

Winter Kids

Healthy People (2020 and 2030)

Outlines the US Department of Health future priorities - public comments invited

Let's Go! Provider Training Opportunities

January 2023

The documents, Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Obesity, and an executive summary are available at https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2022-060640 and https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2022-060641. They will be published in the February issue of Pediatrics along with two technical reports: Appraisal of Clinical Care Practices for Child Obesity Treatment. Part I: Interventions (https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/doi/10.1542/peds.2022-060642/190447) and Part II: Comorbidities (https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/doi/10.1542/peds.2022-060643/190446).

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. We 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. 

W.O.W. Program - Way to Optimal Weight

WOW, located at the Eastern Maine Medical Center, is a tiered program for children and adolescents, age 4-19, with body mass index (BMI) at or above the 85th percentile. The program is designed for children who are at higher risk for weight-related health problems. The WOW program provides medical intervention, education, and fun physical activity to help motivate young people to make healthier choices for a lifetime.