5210 Let's Go

5210 Let’s Go! is a nationally recognized program that incorporates: 

  • Five or more servings of fruits and vegetables 
  • Two hours or fewer of recreational screen time 
  • One hour or more of physical activity 
  • Zero sugary drinks, more water and low-fat milk 

5210 focuses on smart lifestyle changes. Similar to quitting smoking or wearing your seatbelt, it’s a modification of daily habits. It is designed to increase healthy eating and active living for children and parents. 

Many of the alternate activities are family group activities. 

5: A diet rich in fruits and vegetables provides vitamins and minerals, important for supporting growth and development, and for optimal immune function. Most fruits and vegetables are low in calories and fat, making them a healthy choice anytime. It’s easier than you might think. Add fruits and vegetables to foods you already make, like pasta, soups, casseroles, pizza, rice, etc. Add fruit to your cereal, pancakes or other breakfast foods. Let the kids help you plan the menu. 

2: Watching TV is associated with more snacking and increased obesity. Too much TV is linked to lower reading scores and attention problems. It’s important to limit all screen time, including: TV, computer, smartphones and video games. So, limit recreational TV or computer use to two hours or fewer. What to do instead? Work a puzzle. Turn on some music and dance. Read a book or magazine. Play some board games or charades. Or just hang out and catch up with your family. 

1: Move at least one hour every day. It doesn’t have to be all at once. Make gradual changes to increase your level of physical activity. It’s easy to integrate physical motion into your daily routine. Take a walk after dinner, and encourage family members to join you. Go hiking or dancing. Choose toys and games that promote physical activity. Remember to make it fun. 

0: Eliminate all sugary drinks from your diet. They are especially harmful to children. Daily consumption can lead to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. Sodas, fruit-ade and most juices are empty calories. If you do serve juice, be sure to buy 100 percent juice. Still, water is the best option for thirst.

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