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5-2-1-0 Let's Go!
REGION- River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition has chosen to implement the 5-2-1-0 Let's Go! campaign as one of their objectives for the next five years. Recently, Carl Costanzi, program coordinator, presented to RVHCC. Those in attendance were RVHCC Executive Director, Patty Duguay, Sandra Witas and Carol Emery of RVHCC, RSU 10 School Nutrition Director, Jeanne LaPointe, RSU 10 School Health Coordinator, Laurie Soucy and Nutrition Director at Rumford Community Hospital, Marilyn Swan.
“The messaging is simple,” noted Witas. “But the idea is that it is a continuous stream of information across a community. The kids hear it at school during the day, in the after school program, at their health care facility and the parents can potentially hear it at their work sites (if they so choose to adopt it).
The concept of the program is as follows:
5- Fruits and Veggies a day
2- Hours or less of recreational screen time
1- Hour or more of physical activity
0- Sugary Drinks
In the materials provided by the program, it expresses the importance of family meal time, hours of sleep, etc. All things that will help children and potentially their whole family adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Local schools currently registered with the program are Hartford-Sumner Elementary School, Buckfield Jr/Sr High School and Mahoosuc Kids Association.
According to Witas, “The only barrier with a program like this is finding a champion, not only within each sector, but at each location. This will be a great opportunity for a nice cross section of the River Valley to come together and share the same message. We will not let obesity beat us.”
Visit http://www.letsgo.org/ for more information.