Healthy Choices Count! 

When kids eat healthy and play healthy, they stay healthy.

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or more fruits and vegetables...

because kids need the right nutrients to grow, develop, and fight off illness. 

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hours or less of screen time...

because it decreases snacking and increases kids' reading scores and ability to focus. 

 

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hour of physical activity...

because it makes kids feel good, grow strong, sleep better, and improve flexibility. 

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sugary drinks, more water...

because soda has empty calories and caffeine kids don't need. 


We can promote 5-2-1-0!

As parents, educators, health care providers, and caregivers, we can build healthy habits as we interact with kids.

Try easy ideas, such as:

  • Offering a variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables
  • Keeping TVs and computers out of the bedroom
  • Turning on some music for an impromptu dance party
  • Carrying a water bottle with you and having kids do the same

This is just the start of what's possible when we all live 5-2-1-0. Check out tips and tools based on research on Iowa's 5-2-1-0 website:

Find 5-2-1-0   Iowa Resources

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Fill out this form to become connected to the Central Iowa
5-2-1-0 work. For questions, contact Erin Drinnin.


5-2-1-0 in central Iowa 

Many central Iowa partners have teamed up to promote 5-2-1-0 in all settings to help kids make healthy choices. Choose a category to learn more about how you can use 5-2-1-0 practices in your work and life: 


Why 5-2-1-0?

Download these materials to learn more about the 5-2-1-0 initiative: 


Thank you to our central Iowa 5-2-1-0 partners!

5-2-1-0 is led by the many partners listed below. To become a partner or to sponsor 5-2-1-0, please contact Erin Drinnin.

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Central Iowa sponsors 

The following organizations have provided financial support to this project: 

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Program managers 

The following organizations work with local organizations in professional sectors to create system change: 

  • Early Care and Education: Visiting Nurse Services
  • Health Care: Blank Children's Hospital

Well Kids Coalition Members

 The following organizations are represented as partners of the Well Kids Coalition, a collaborative approach to addressing childhood obesity in central Iowa.

  • American Heart Association Iowa
  • Blank Children's Hospital
  • Broadlawns WIC
  • Community Health Partners
  • Dallas County Public Health
  • Food Bank Iowa
  • Iowa Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Iowa Department of Education
  • Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Iowa Kidstrong
  • Mercy Children's Hospital & Clinics
  • Midwest Dairy Council
  • Polk County Health Department
  • Primary Health Care
  • United Way of Central Iowa
  • Warren County Health Services
  • YMCA of Greater Des Moines