New year, new goals! The upcoming new year is a great time to implement changes that make the healthy choice the easy choice at your early care site. Make it your resolution to register as a 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Site.
Upon signing up, your site will join a network of nearly 500 other child care providers, schools, after-school programs, workplaces and health care clinics across the state working towards healthier environments where young Iowans live, learn and play.
What is 5-2-1-0?
5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! is a proven, scientific method that helps keep Iowa kids healthy by focusing on the importance of good habits. lt encourages them to eat and play the right way by emphasizing four easy-to-remember, healthy habits:
5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables
2 or less hours of recreational screen time
1 or more hour of physical activity
0 sugary drinks – drink more water!
If your early care site is already involved in the Iowa Farm to Early Care & Education program, it is likely that you are already doing some of the work that 5-2-1-0 encourages!
What will 5-2-1-0 help my site do?
5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! provides the framework and action planning resources to help your early care site make policy, system and environmental changes to support healthy choices. Here is an example of each type of change, based on the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! 10 Strategies of Success:
Policy Change– Create a “Healthy Snack Policy” to ensure healthy food choices are being served outside of meal time.
System Change– Move away from food- or screen-based rewards and instead promote physical activity-based rewards.
Environmental – Install a water bottle filling station or purchase reusable water bottles to make drinking water more accessible.
There are many different strategies and action items to choose from. Our free, online 5-2-1-0 Action Guide for Education will help you narrow your focus and set goals for the upcoming year.
How do I register?
Registration is free and easy! Register at www.IowaHealthiestState.com/5210Register. Upon completion of the online survey, your site will receive a 5-2-1-0 Registered Site window cling to display your commitment. Your site will also be recognized at state-level presentations and be eligible to apply for future Healthiest State Annual Awards. Your site will gain access to an exclusive 5-2-1-0 newsletter with implementation strategies, suggested activities, funding opportunities and other resources.