When it comes to kids, we all can agree that their health should be a top priority. But, sometimes this is easier said than done. The 5-2-1-0 concept focuses on making healthy living easy for kids and families! This idea is recognized across the nation and is scientifically proven. It focuses on teaching kids to eat and play the right way. Here are the basics for daily healthy choices:
5 – Five or more fruits and veggies. A diet rich in the vitamins and nutrients from fruits and veggies helps support growth, development and immune function.
2 – Two hours or less of recreational screen time. Watching too much TV and spending a lot of time using devices has been shown to raise obesity rates, lower reading scores and add to attention problems.
1 – One hour or more of physical activity. Staying active is vital in keeping a healthy weight and preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes later in life. It also helps kids focus their attention.
0 – Zero sugary drinks, more water. Sugary drinks raise the rate of obesity and cavities in kids. Water is the best choice because it is low cost, calorie free and has many health benefits for the body.
These tips can make it easy for parents, teachers and friends to support the 5-2-1-0 plan and create a generation of healthy kids:
- Provide healthy choices for snacks and parties. Try not to use food as a reward.
- Eat the rainbow of fruits and veggies. This encourages eating a variety of foods and trying new things.
- Limit or cut out sugary drinks; support drinking more water.
- Give options for play that encourage more physical activity and less screen time.
- Remove computers, tablets and TVs from children’s bedrooms.
- Give kids options for making healthy choices and let them decide. They are more likely to make healthy choices over time if they can take ownership of their decision.
- Make these changes as a family. Families who are active together reap the benefits of better physical health as well as family togetherness.
Let’s go – 5-2-1-0!
Sources: Healthiest State Initiative.