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5-2-1-0 is a simple equation for a healthy lifestyle that helps children reach and keep an appropriate weight. 5-2-1-0 stands for enjoying each day with:

  • 5 servings of fruits and vegetables
  • 2 hours or fewer of recreational screen time (TV, computer, video games or smartphones)
  • 1 hour of physical activity, and
  • 0 sugary drinks.

The model for 5-2-1-0 originated in Maine as a “foundation for change” through the Let’s Go initiative. Since then, it’s expanded to support organizations – like South County Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds – with toolkits, curricula for all grades, recommended activities, and an outline for healthy snacks and beverages.

That’s not all: Let’s Go advocates for improved school (and home) meals, worksite programs, and activities for which kids will happily give up their PlayStations (for a little while, at least).

South County takes to 5-2-1-0 in a big way

5-2-1-0 comes at childhood obesity in many ways, and so has South County Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds.

Pediatrician Dr. Celeste Corcoran, Coastal Medical/Narragansett Bay Pediatrics, chairs an open volunteer committee where all are welcome to bring great ideas.

And they do. Librarians, Head Start directors, YMCA leaders, health care providers, and State Rep. Teresa Tanzi are just a few of the committee’s members.

In a short time, the committee and Cindy Buxton, 5-2-1-0’s Outreach Coordinator:

    • Distributed 5-2-1-0 toolkits, full of ideas and information, to every public elementary school in South CountyJoined most of the towns’ Wellness Committees
    • Met with school nurses, phys ed instructors, school food services directors, health teachers, and administrators
    • Is promoting BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success), a six-component activity session founded by mom Kathleen Tullie and supported by Reebok. The South County YMCA is running BOKs at Narragansett and Peace Dale Elementary Schools. Several other schools are either running part of the BOKS regimen or are planning to do so. The RI BOKS representative to the committee is Nancy Day
    • Has hung 5-2-1-0 posters all around – in health centers, medical practices, preschools, food pantries, workplaces, libraries, and schools throughout South County
    • Is planning outreach to schools to promote healthy school breakfast and lunch
    • Supports the Kingston Free Library, which uses active stories, fitness dice, parachutes, story walks, yoga, and ballet to incorporate healthy eating, physical activity, and a love of reading

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