5-2-1-0 Let's Go is a national childhood obesity prevention campaign, adopted by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System through its Wellness Policy Baton Rouge added "+10" because of the growing body of research showing how lack of sleep is linked to obesity and other behavioral health issues in children. We partnered with Our Lady of the Lake to promote 5210+10 at our school's last week.
First, let's review!
5 Servings of Fruits and Veggies | Eating 5 fruits and veggies per day has proven to ward off heart disease, control blood pressure, prevent some types of cancer and strokes and even guard against vision loss. Additionally, the fiber in many fruits and veggies helps improve colon health.
2 Hours or Less of Screen Time | The less active we are, the less healthy we are, and spending time in front of screens is one of the biggest contributors to keeping us from a more active lifestyle.
1 Hour of Physical Activity Per Day | Studies show that an hour of physical activity a day burns more calories, keeps us slimmer, increases energy levels and makes us happy and less stressed. Exercise even decreases the risk of serious health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, some cancers and heart disease.
0 Sweetened Drinks | A sweetened drink is any drink that is flavored with sugar. These sweetened drinks are empty calories for our bodies which may cause weight gain.
10 Hours of Sleep | Regardless of what age we are it's important to get the sleep our bodies need. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 10 hours of sleep for children and between 7 and 9 hours for adults. Sleeping is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
Now let's jump into our 5-2-1-0+10 Week!
Monday began at Kenilworth Science and Technology School. The team motivated the community to get active last week during the 2018 Louisiana STEM Expo. Participants who visited their exhibit learned about 5-2-1-0+10 and how to incorporate healthy habits, such as physical activity, into their everyday lives. After learning about the program and how to set healthy goals, participants were able to spin the "Activity Wheel", which contained different exercises, such as jumping jacks, lunges, planks and duck walks. They had a variety of prizes for their participants to choose from upon completing the physical challenge, such as jump ropes, pedometers, and healthy snacks! Before leaving, participants were able to decorate our photo booth by writing in something they like to do for physical activity and (of course) taking a picture! Our 5-2-1-0+10 event was a huge success, and they were able to reach over 1,000 participants, ranging from the young to the young at heart!
Tuesday we went to Merrydale Elementary School where the afterschool programs (Girls on the Run, Dale in the Garden Club, and Jaguar Divas dance club) got together to workout with Adrian Brumfield, a Health Educator from Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. The team also had a MyPlate and 5-2-1-0+10 bulletin boards for the entire school to check out and learn about being healthy!
On Wednesday and Thursday, second graders at Bridge Academy discussed the importance of 5-2-1-0+10 and how they could implement it in their daily lives. Team Leader Tyler Aitken, created posters representing each goal and allowed students to get active with each one!
On Friday we invited Adrian Brumfield back to lead a workout at Melrose Elementary School. Students joined Adrian outside on the basketball court and spent time burning energy after testing all morning. After their workout, students enjoyed some water and clementines.