5210 for Families
5210 Healthy Children and 5210 Healthy Military Children are community-wide health messaging campaigns designed to improve children’s health. It spreads a simple message about behaviors that support good health in children throughout communities, where families work, live, and play, and how parents can aid in supporting children’s health. Parents play a critical role in child health because they influence children’s behaviors and create children’s home environment. The behaviors children learn and the environments in which they live may promote or be a challenge to good health. The resources assembled in the family toolkit are designed to help families promote the 5210 message:
Ready to promote the 5210 message in your family? All the information you need to increase healthy eating and physical activity in your family is in the toolkit. As a parent you have the unique opportunity to be a healthy role model for not only your family but also your community! Even small changes can make a difference and you can inspire other families to start living the 5210 way.
5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables provide a lot of nutrients and water without a lot of calories. They also contain fiber and a variety of phytochemicals that help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other diseases. Young children often reject new foods at first – it may take several exposures to a new food before it is accepted, so keep trying!
2 or fewer hours of recreational screen time
Screen time is free time spent in front of screens – like televisions, video games, and the Internet. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents set limits to their children’s screen time, they provide positive modeling behavior to their children by limiting their own screen time, they engage in live interactions with their children instead of placing their children in front of a screen, and they should review the content of what their children are watching. Additionally, children under the age of two should have no screen time. It is possible to get enough physical activity and still engage in an unhealthy amount of screen time – so encourage your family to find other fun ways to spend their free time!
1 or more hours of physical activity
Moving your body is a great way to burn calories, improve your mood, boost your energy, prevent cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and help you sleep better at night – plus, it can be a lot of fun! Look for activities your family can enjoy together so everyone can reap the benefits and help keep one another on track.
0 sweetened beverages
It is important to drink fluids to stay healthy, but sweetened beverages add extra sugar and calories to the diet. Watch out for drinks with the following ingredients: sugar, honey, sweetener, syrup (e.g., corn syrup, brown rice syrup), and/or ingredients ending in “ose” (e.g., glucose, dextrose).