Healthy lifestyle of 5210 campaign a formula for kids, adults alike


The 5210 campaign started a few years ago as a way to help combat childhood obesity. For the uninitiated, the numbers 5210 are a reminder to eat five fruits or vegetables daily, limit screen time (TV, computer, phone, tablet) to two hours per day, participate in one hour of physical activity daily and drink zero servings of sugary beverages.

The 5210 concept has now become popular among adults. If you commute to Des Moines for work, your employer may be participating in the GetActive DSM workplace wellness program.

If you’re retired and can’t take advantage of a free employee-wellness program, try Go4Life, designed by the National Institute on Aging to help you fit physical activity into your daily routine. Visit the Go4Life website for an exercise video on their interactive website.

Another source of help is our own Dallas County Extension, which offers lots of free information on low cost healthy food choices. Call them at 515-993-4281 or check the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach website.

The adult campaign of 5210 adds to the basic message, urging us to be role models of good health. Keep in mind that the advice to “Do as I say, and not as I do” didn’t work on you, and it won’t work on your children and grandchildren.

Authentic examples of healthy living are worth much more than empty words. For more information and ideas, visit the Healthiest State Initiative website.

Ann Cochran is the health navigation coordinator in the Dallas County Public Health Department.


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