Hampton looking forward to 5-2-1-0 projects
The coronavirus outbreak is currently delaying the implementation of Hampton's 5-2-1-0 Action Plan, but the community of 4,200 in Franklin County is hoping they can soon forge ahead.
Hampton is one of 14 communities across the state selected for Iowa Department of Public Health grants in FY20. Hampton received $30,000 to support and expand access to healthy choices throughout the community.
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"The neat thing about Hampton is that we've always been willing to step up and do projects when the need arises," said Todd Lettow, superintendent of the Hampton-Dumont Community School District.
Community partners, including the school district, first gathered last fall to brainstorm projects to fulfill the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! grant and have been meeting periodically since to report updates. Representatives from the Franklin County Iowa State University Extension office, Franklin County Hospital, Wellness Center, La Luz Hispana and Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce were also involved.
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“We try to find ways to partner together," said Lettow. "The more people working on a project makes it go forward – it gives you momentum."
Here are some of the projects Hampton has planned:
Install outdoor activity stations
The most sizable and innovative project Hampton is working on is to enclose an outdoor classroom/prairie area at the middle school with a cinder track and install detention-grade outdoor fitness equipment stations along the path.
“We are going to encourage (students) to walk around the cinder track to get some exercise,” said Lettow. The track, which will connect to an existing community trail, and the fitness equipment will also be open to use by the public.
Pending further delays due to the coronavirus, the school hopes to have the cinder track laid plus four workout stations installed on concrete pads by the end of this year. Eventually, the school would like to install four more stations per year until they have 12 total.
Expand summer garden program
Michelle Sackville, the county director for ISU Extension, is hoping 5-2-1-0 funds will help to sustain and expand the summer gardening program. Last year, they installed the first raised bed on the middle school grounds but this year, Sackville is hoping to build out a larger garden to accommodate both flowers and vegetables.
“The kids are learning how to grow their own fresh produce," said Sackville. Students are even offered seedlings to take home with them. "Once harvest starts, they learn how to make healthy snacks with the fruits and veggies."
Two Americorps members lead the program between the free breakfast and lunch programs offered at the high school. Participants walk between the garden beds at the middle school and high school, incorporating physical activity into the program. Sackville hopes to have 20-30 kids participate this summer.
Free community tennis camps
The Franklin Wellness Center opened in December 2005 following a community fundraising effort. The facility includes a pool, gymnasium, walking track as well as a variety of workout equipment and free weight stations.
Jim Davies, the manager of the Franklin Wellness Center, is also the Hampton-Dumont-CAL boys tennis coach and wanted to share his skills with the community through a free tennis camp. 5-2-1-0 funds were used to purchase equipment, including racquets.
"Besides tennis, I am a big fan of pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the United States," said Davies. "The FWC has four pickleball courts lined in our gymnasium," so hopefully community members will be able to transfer the skills learned in tennis camp to pickeball.
Learn more about 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!
5-2-1-0 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.