BLEND is working to engage health care professionals in the prevention, assessment and treatment of overweight and obese children by promoting the 5-2-1-0 Wellness Program. 5-2-1-0 is designed to encourage smart eating and physical activity for children and families. The concept focuses on making changes in nutrition and physical activity that can be both healthy and enjoyable.
To lead a healthy active life, families can strive to reach these goals:
5 – Eat fruits and vegetables at least five or more times every day.
The vitamins and minerals in fruits and vegetables helps kids grow. They also help fight off illness. Eating fruits and vegetables may prevent weight gain. They fill up a stomach with low-calorie, healthy foods.
2 – Limit all entertainment-based screen time (including TV, Internet and various smart devices) to less than two hours daily.
Many kids sit and watch TV and snack for hours every day. As a result, they reach an unhealthy weight and
have trouble keeping up with their friends in active play. Too much TV has been linked with low reading scores
and attention problems. It is recommended that children under age 2 get no screen time.
1 – Get one hour or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity everyday
Active play is fun and great for your child’s health. Active kids will likely become active adults. What you teach
them early will become part of how they live as an adult.
0 – Drink less sugar. Try water and low-fat or fat-free milk instead of sugar-sweetened drinks and whole milk
- Soda, sports drinks, chocolate milk, and juice have a lot of sugar, which adds empty calories
- Sugary drinks also lead to tooth decay and end up replacing milk in children’s diets. Low-fat milk is best for kids. They don’t need the extra fat and calories in whole milk
5-2-1-0 was developed by the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to address America’s health crisis of overweight and obese children and families.
5-2-1-0 Website Resources
- Clinical Growth Charts
- Body Mass Index
- USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center
- American Dietetic Association – find Registered Dieticians by zip code
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Academy of Pediatrics – Prevention and Health Promotion for Children and Families
- USDA Food and Nutrition Services
- Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Overweight and Obesity
- MnPAN: Physical Activity and Nutrition Program
- 5210 Let’s Go!