Making Healthy Eating & Exercise Fun

A newly adapted obesity-prevention program ‘5-2-1-0’ developed by the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County aims to teach children about exercise and nutrition through fun games. The concept ‘5-2-1-0’ stands for daily consumption of nutritious five fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of recreational screen time, one hour of after school activity and zero sugary drinks.

This program was started as a result of the rising number in childhood obesity across the nation and in the state of Florida.  Escambia County felt it necessary to implement a scientifically supported campaign for their region.  Their goal is to decrease the rate of childhood obesity and increase the adoption of health behaviours by children and families.  As a result of their success this program is being evaluated and implemented by states across the country.

The school program provides participating schools and teachers with a toolkit, online resources and technical assistance. An example is this simple game such as taking water and dumping teaspoons of sugar into it to show how much sugar is being consumed.

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