BURLINGTON, Ky. -- Eating healthy and being physically active can be a challenge in today's busy world. The 5-2-1-0 campaign offers help to parents and caregivers in promoting healthy behaviors.
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By: REBEKAH DUCHETTE, Success By 6
BURLINGTON, Ky. - Eating healthy and being physically active can be a challenge in today’s busy world. The 5-2-1-0 campaign is here to help.
5-2-1-0 is a simple, consistent message that promotes four healthy behaviors:
5: Eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day
2: Limit two or less hours of daily TV or computer use
1: Get one hour or more of physical activity
0: Drink zero high-sugar drinks
Throughout the month of September, many partners have joined the community campaign to share healthy messages with families in Boone County.
Here are some tips to help you and your family to get started:
Wash and chop fruits and veggies so they are ready to grab and eat.Add veggies (fresh, frozen, canned or dried) to food you already make, like pasta, casseroles, pizza, rice, etc.
Set basic rules like no TV or computer before homework or chores are done.
Make a list of fun activities to do instead of being in front of a screen.
Make gradual changes to increase your family’s level of physical activity, such as taking a short walk after dinner.
Choose toys and games that promote physical activity, such as playing tag or throwing a Frisbee.
Suggest a glass of water or low-fat milk instead of juice.
Keep a water bottle on hand. Add fresh lemon to water for some natural flavor.
The strength of the community campaign rests in various trusted community partners sharing a common message. Individuals are more apt to adopt these healthy behaviors when hearing a consistent message from trusted sources such as teachers, doctors, child-care providers and other community organizations. The 5210 campaign engages these trusted community partners in sharing the message.
Take a look at this YouTube announcement featuring Northern Kentucky children.
You can also see the 5210 Public Service Announcement featuring Northern Kentucky children by visiting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv5PX-Hi3Jo.
For more information and resources on the 5-2-1-0 campaign, please visit www.readysetsuccess.org .
Rebekah Duchette is the Executive Director of United Way's Boone County Success By 6®.