Helping to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Making healthy food and activity choices allows children to grow and develop at a rate that is normal for them. Staying at a healthy weight is just one way to help kids be their best. Our 5-2-1-0 messages guide parents and other caregivers as they help kids develop healthy habits.

5-2-1-0 is an evidence-based prevention message centered on recommendations from the Childhood Obesity: Assessment, Prevention and Treatment Expert Committee, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA/HHS), and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Follow the links to simple factsheets about each healthy habit.

5 or More Fruits & Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of healthy eating and most kids don’t get enough of them. Fill half your child’s plate with colorful fruits and vegetables. 5 or More Fruits & Vegetables

2 Hours or Less of Screen Time

Too much time in front of a television, computer, or touchpad can be harmful to your child’s health and development. Set limits on screen time – no more than 2 hours a day of watching TV, playing video games or using a computer or tablet. 2 Hours or Less of Screen Time

1 Hour or More of Active Play

Children need at least 1 hour of active play every day. Make physical activity part of your child’s every day routine. 1 Hour or More Active Play

0 Sugary Drinks

Most kids today get too many calories from sugary drinks like regular soda pop, fruit drinks, and sports drinks. The best drink choices are water and fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk. 0 Sugary Drinks

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