The 5-2-1-0 message was developed by Let’s Go!, a community-based initiative to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children, youth and families in 12 communities around Greater Portland, Maine. The goal of Let’s Go! is to increase physical activity and healthy eating for children and youth—from birth to age 18.
Let’s Go! uses a multi-sector approach to reach youth and families where they live, study, work, and play in order to promote healthy lifestyles. The program is based on the idea that families exposed to consistent health promotion messages through several settings that have policies and environments supporting healthy choices, will be more likely to adopt or maintain the behaviors in their daily lives. The Let’s Go! multi-sector model includes the following core principles:
• Environmental & Policy Change Influences Behavior Change
• Inter-connectivity Across Sectors is Essential
• Strategies are Evidence Based & Continuously Evaluated
The interventions in the Let’s Go! program center on the use of the common message of “5-2-1-0.” These behaviors are supported by science and endorsed as recommendations by medical professionals. 5-2-1-0 stands for:
5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day
2 hours or less of recreational screen time
1 hour or more of physical activity a day
0 sugary drinks with more water and low fat milk
Anyone can use the 5-2-1-0 message in their own community. The Let’s Go! website provides a multitude of resources for those looking to implement the 5-2-1-0 message in a variety of settings including schools, after school, early childhood, healthcare, workplace, community, and food service. There are also resources for parents and a list of research sources pertinent to Let’s Go! and the 5-2-1-0 message.
Use the resources provided on the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 website to develop a message for your healthy weight project.