[heading] The 5-2-1-0 Healthy NH program [/heading]
- Take the Healthy Habits Survey
- Choose one thing that you want to change now.
- Use the appropriate Goal Tracker form for 2 weeks.
- Bring your Goal Tracker to the office for a prize (see below for list of forms to download).
- Continue to work on the same goal or choose another thing you wish to change and follow the same steps.
- Your name will be entered in our raffle which will be drawn in the spring.
- Watch for updates on our website.
Read on for a list of resources and fun for families!
Childhood obesity is an increasing problem with serious health consequences. Since 1980 the incidence of obesity has doubled in the 6-11 year old age group and tripled in the adolescent age group. It is estimated that 1 in 3 children are overweight. The health consequences of childhood obesity are becoming more prevalent. Overweight children are at risk of heart disease caused by high cholesterol or high blood pressure. They are at risk for Type 2 diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea and bone and joint difficulties. Children who are overweight also may experience the psychosocial consequences of poor self esteem and social discrimination.
The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of weight in relation to height used to determine weight status. The BMI is plotted on the CDC growth charts to determine percentile. A child is considered overweight if the BMI is above 85% and below 95%. Obesity is a BMI over 95%. Ideally the BMI falls around 50%.
Choosing a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy eating habits and physical activity is critical to fighting childhood obesity. The 5210 Healthy NH program provides recommendations to improve physical activity and dietary habits. The recommendations include:
5 Eat 5 fruits and vegetables at least 5 times a day
2 Limit screen time to 2 hours or less per day
1 Participate in at least 1 hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day
0 Restrict soda and sugar-sweetened sports and fruit drinks, instead drink water and drink 3-4 cups skim or 1% milk per day
5210 Education Handouts:
Goal tracker- More Fruits & Veggies
Goal tracker- Decrease screentime
Goal tracker- Decrease screentime (B&W)
Goal tracker: less soda & sugar
Goal tracker: less soda & sugar (B&W)
Goal tracker: More physical activity
Goal tracker: More physical activity (B&W)
- The Childhood Obesity Epidemic – This session of Public Health Grand Rounds focused on the contributing factors and consequences of childhood obesity. (June 2010)
- Battling the Childhood Obesity Epidemic – First Lady Michelle Obama takes part in a question-and-answer discussion about the Lets Move initiative and the fight against childhood obesity at the Newseum in Washington, DC. March 17, 2010.