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Primary care practices to provide patients with 10,000 state park passes

Posted July 10, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Primary care physicians at 124 practices across Maine who participate in the Let’s Go! program will be able to provide their patients and families with more than 10,000 free Maine State Parks passes courtesy of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands, Let’s Go! and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. The free pass is good at any of Maine’s 48 state parks and historic sites, with the exception of Baxter State Park, and valid through December 2014.

“Maine’s 48 state parks and historical sites offer unmatched beauty and accessibility,” says Tom Morrison, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands director. “Many families who experience our parks for the first time frequently find themselves planning their next visit on the drive home. We are pleased to offer these passes to Let’s Go! for use with physicians and their patients throughout Maine.”

Participating physician practices will receive their free passes starting July 7.

“Spending time in the outdoors is a great way to keep the whole family active,” says Victoria Rogers, MD, Let’s Go! Director. “This program introduces kids to the many activities available in our state park system — from hiking and swimming, to biking and kayaking — and shows them that physical activity can be fun, too.”

Let’s Go!‘s 5-2-1-0 daily message encourages healthy eating and increased physical activity for the whole family:

– 5 or more fruits or vegetables

– 2 hours or less recreational screen time

– 1 hour or more of physical activity

– 0 sugary drinks, more water, and low-fat milk

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