Implement 5-2-1-0 at your site

5-2-1-0 provides a framework to create healthy environments for kids and to teach kids how to make healthy choices. It is based on a nationally recognized model that provides evidence-based strategies and hands-on support at places where kids spend a lot of time.

In its first year, 3,945 children were touched by 5-2-1-0 programming at schools and child care centers.

Scroll down to learn how you can implement 5-2-1-0 at your organization. Find resources by sector on the Healthiest State Initiative's website: 

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Child Care and School-Age Settings

We will work with you on how to create a healthy environment and encourage 5-2-1-0 habits with the children you serve. We will start by assessing your current setting and create individualized strategies that work for you. Then we will help connect you to resources and provide assistance to implement these strategies. We can help by: 
  • Providing age-appropriate activity ideas
  • Offering promotional materials and curriculum support to encourage health behaviors
  • Creating and distributing health education materials to staff and families
  • Gathering health behavior and habit data
  • And much more!

To learn more about how your school or program can participate, visit our program partner: 

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"The program has helped our center incorporate activity into every day learning and implement practices to encourage lifelong healthy behaviors.” 

- Justine Green, Director, Children & Families of Iowa's Childhood Development Center

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Participating Sites

  • Ankeny Christian
  • Boys & Girls Clubs at at Carver, Hiatt, and Moore Elementary Schools and McCombs and Meredith Middle Schools (Des Moines Public Schools)
  • Carver Elementary
  • Children & Families of Iowa
  • Children and Families Urban Movement
  • Crestview Elementary
  • Cowles Elementary
  • First Assembly
  • Hiatt Middle School
  • House of Mercy
  • Marensdale Jr. Sr.  High School
  • Moore Elementary
  • Moulton Elementary
  • One Hundred Acre Woods
  • Studebaker Elementary

Health Care

We launched a program for health-care clinics in summer 2017. To participate, clinics are asked to integrate a Healthy Habits questionaire, place 5-2-1-0 posters in each office, and provide training for staff. To learn more about how your clinic can participate, contact Dr. Jennifer Groos by clicking the button below: 

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Participating Sites

  • Blank Children’s Pediatric Clinic
  • Broadlawns Pediatric Clinic
  • Broadlawns Family Practice Clinic
  • The Iowa Clinic Pediatrics
  • Mercy Pediatrics-Waukee
  • Mercy Family Practice-Waukee
  • Primary Health Care—Engebretsen Clinic
  • Primary Health Care—Mercy Clinic
  • UnityPoint Pediatrics-Methodist Plaza
  • UnityPoint Pediatrics-Walnut Creek
  • UnityPoint East Des Moines Family Care Center