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5-2-1-0 WINS!

By Lauren Kollauf on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Clinton looks to turn awareness into action with 5-2-1-0

Clinton, located along the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, is home to about 26,000 people. While the city has for many years ranked low in health rankings, local coalition members are enthusiastic about the opportunity for the mostly blue-collar community to embrace healthy behaviors.

One year after receiving their first round of grant funding from the Iowa Department of Public Health to support the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! campaign, Clinton is ready to continue the momentum.

"The first step is awareness and we’re getting the word out there," said Andrea Barnett, Community Health & Wellness Coordinator for Mercy. "Now the next step is action and getting people to put the 5-2-1-0 healthy habits into practice."

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Clinton will again receive funds this fiscal year to support 5-2-1-0. The initiative is led by the Let’s Live Healthy Clinton! area coalition, which Barnett leads with other community leaders including Michele Cullen, Community Health Manager for Genesis Health System, and Shannon Sander-Welzien, Executive Director of the Clinton YWCA.


Michele Cullen (left) and Andrea Barnett (right) promote 5-2-1-0 at a community Back-to-School Bash event.

Let’s Live Healthy Clinton! was borne about five years ago in response to a community health needs assessment indicating the community needed to focus on physical activity and nutrition. A partnership with Healthy Hometown, powered by Wellmark, helped the coalition create an action plan and involve other local stakeholders.

"The 5-2-1-0 grant provided us a great opportunity to get the word out on healthy behaviors," Cullen said. "Now we have some funding to go with our initiatives."

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Here are some of the projects Clinton completed in their first year of funding:

Training to support 5-2-1-0

One of the biggest investments Clinton made with their grant funds was to purchase and execute a training program using CATCH, Coordinated Approach To Child Health, a national health and physical activity education curriculum. 

"We thought the best way to get message out was to train others," Barnett said.

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Two trainings were held in May 2019 and focused on child care and day camp providers. About 30 facilitators were trained on how to incorporate activities that promote healthy behaviors into their lesson plans and walked away with a full curriculum and toolkit to train their staffs.

Walking School Bus expansion plans

Last year, Jefferson Elementary in Clinton launched a Walking School Bus program, but the coalition hopes this year the program can grow and expand to other elementary schools including Bluff and Eagle Heights. 

The coalition purchased Walking School Bus signage, lanyards and incentive items for potential participants and is working on a partnership with Clinton High School students to facilitate the program in the elementary schools. 

walking school bus

Passing on the message to adults

The 5-2-1-0 message was incorporated into the annual Splash Dash event which is a free community event that includes kids races, an obstacle course and other family-friendly activities.

The coalition partnered with an existing community garden donation program facilitated by Iowa State University Extension to provide reusable shopping bags featuring the 5-2-1-0 logo along with recipe cards and produce tip sheets to the garden sites.

MercyOne, where Barnett works, also incorporated education on the 5-2-1-0 healthy habits into their annual employee wellness challenge by placing a focus on an individual number during each week of the challenge. 

Learn more about 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! 

5210 logo5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! is a health-focused movement for kids that’s under the nationally recognized program, 5-2-1-0. It all starts by encouraging them to eat and play the right way.

This proven, scientific method helps keep kids healthy by focusing on the importance of four habits:

  • 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables
  • 2 hours or less of screen time (television, computer, video games, phones, etc.)
  • 1 hour or more of physical activity
  • 0 (or reduce) sugar-sweetened beverages - drink more water!

To learn more about how you can get your community, workplace, school, health care clinic or child care site involved in 5-2-1-0, click here.