5-2-1-0 Let’s Go!

Let’s keep it simple; 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program with a simple message: Live a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy, exercising, eliminating sugary drinks, and limiting time on gadgets (iPhone, computer, TV, etc.).  It’s a program aimed at fighting childhood obesity; however, it is a program that everyone should adopt… young and old alike can all benefit from the program’s message.

These are the steps in a nutshell:

5 – or more fruits and vegetables each day.  A diet that has lots of fruits and vegetables lowers the risk of chronic disease and prevents weight gain.

2 – hours or less of recreational screen time (TV and computer).  According to the Academy of Pediatrics children spend an average of seven hours a day watching TV, playing on the computer, various phones, or other electronic devices.  Reducing screen time will have a significant impact on a child’s health.

1 – hour or more of physical activity daily. Physical activity has endless benefits including improving mood, boosting energy, improving sleep, helping to prevent chronic disease, and controlling weight.  We all need to become more physically active.

0 – sugary drinks, more water and low-fat milk.  Eliminate sugary drinks such as soda, juice and sports drinks.  These drinks are associated with lots of calories = weight gain and tooth decay. Drink water instead.

Encourage your family and friends to adopt the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! program and get healthy.