Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Let's Go! 5-2-1-0
■ 5 or more fruits and vegetables
■ 2 hours or less recreational screen time
■ 1 hour or more of physical activity
■ 0 sugary drinks
Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 is intended to help families improve healthy eating habits and be more physically active.
2013 is the year to set one healthy eating goal for you and your family because:
■ 12.8 percent of adults in Routt County are obese and 38.4 percent are overweight, totaling 51.2 percent, which is not that far from the Colorado rate of 58 percent.
■ Our children are getting heavier: From 2009 to 2011, overweight and obesity rates increased 5 percent.
■ More than 48 percent of adults and 70 percent of children in Routt County are eating 1 to 1 1/2 cups or less of fruits and vegetables each day. The recommended number of cups per day is five.
■ More than 80 percent of our children are drinking more than one sugar-sweetened beverage each day. The recommended amount of sugar per day for children is 4 to 6 teaspoons or 16 to 24 grams, for men is 9 teaspoons or 36 grams and for women is 6 teaspoons or 24 grams.
Healthy choices are easy
■ Increase the amount of fruit and vegetable servings you serve for breakfast, lunch or dinner by one cup each day.
■ Decrease the number of sugar-sweetened beverages you provide for your family by one each day.
■ Increase the amount of water you encourage your family to drink by one glass each day.
■ Decrease the teaspoons of sugar you provide for your family by one each day.
■ Add one fruit or vegetable as an evening snack instead of other food options.
A 2012 success story
A family chose to no longer purchase sugar-sweetened beverages. They now drink only milk and water, and this includes the choices they make when they have drinks outside of the home.
Barb Parnell is a community coordinator for LiveWell Northwest Colorado. She can be reached at 970-819-4110 or firstname.lastname@example.org. LiveWell Northwest Colorado partners with First Impressions of Routt County to ensure young children have access to healthy food and health education materials.