This catchy string of numbers guides healthy eating and activity habits. Maine launched the 5-2-1-0 idea as part of their Let’s Go! state-wide campaign. With the growing pediatric obesity rate, the campaign quickly grew into a national favorite, adopted by many schools, daycare centers & physician offices. Have you spotted these numbers in your child’s pediatrician’s office or the school’s cafeteria?
What do these numbers mean?
5 – Eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day
2 – No more than 2 hours of screen time a day
1 – Be active for 1 hour every day
0 – Zero sugary drinks; drink skim or low fat milk and more water
How can we apply 5-2-1-0 in our homes?
5 – Set out a bowl or platter of fresh fruit and veggies (plain or with low fat dip) for snacking; start the day with a fruit and/or vegetable at breakfast; have fruit and 1-2 vegetables for lunch and dinner
2 – Reinforce structure around the TV and electronics. Encourage play time outside and when inside, board games and reading
1 – Break up the hour: consider 3-20 minute fun activities during the day; include their gym class or recess time; check out ways to keep kids active in the winter
0 – Encourage water between meals; flavor water with sugar free packets, 100% fruit juice or lemon/orange slice; reduce to half sugary beverage intake as a first step when transitioning to zero
5-2-1-0 creates awareness and is simple to understand and apply to our daily lives. It may be a fun guide, too, in keeping your family’s health status in check!
Want more? Check out Get UP! Montgomery County at http://getupmc.org/