Your favorite 5-2-1-0 ideas!

By Lauren Kollauf on Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Attendees at the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Summit shared their favorite ideas from the panels and presenters

Nearly 200 Iowans from all sectors gathered at  5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Summit on October 30 at Des Moines University.

Four panels — covering schools, child care, health care and communities — and keynote speaker Senator Tom Harkin (Retired) shared ideas, strategies, and successes with attendees. 


Here were some of the favorite ideas that attendees plan to take home with them:

  • Cooking with Kids curriculum
  • This recipe for Peanut Butter Balls made with Northern Beans
  • Workout Wednesday activities that include kids and parents
  • "Don't Yuck My Yum"
  • Using older students as role models to help kids make healthy choices
  • Create "Cafeteria Captains" program in the lunchroom
  • Fruit or herb-infused water station at work, school or home
  • Trade ranch for hummus, or use dry ranch instead
  • Physical activity "Brain Breaks" in classrooms (Try GoNoodle
  • Host 5-2-1-0 T-shirt days
  • Plan a Color Run and raise money per student per lap
  • Introduce new fruits and vegetables with taste tests
  • Make Hy-Vee Kids Fit Brain Break dice for classroom
  • Utilize cross-age teaching (Turkey Valley)
  • Build a mobile teaching kitchen
  • "People will support what they help create."
  • Saying "Would you like to try....?" rather than "Here is...."
  • Build an outdoor lobby at health care clinic
  • Take your Parent to P.E. week (Riverside)
  • When kids are walking or waiting in line, have the move like animals/weather/dance
  • Partner with community organizations or events
  • Use MyPlate guidelines to create MyLunchPlate education
  • Rename Nutrition Ed/Gardening class to "Edible Education"
  • Create a walking map to Little Library locations in community
  • Create a before- or after-school employee or community workout class
  • Work with local Hy-Vee or grocery store to create low-cost healthy snack bags for kids to eat before sporting events or between school and practice
  • Host taste-testing at library with themed-books
  • Have a local doctor take the lead in "Mileage Club" to show students they have buy-in in their health
  • Find ways to spread message to home-schoolers and in-home day cares
  • Hold a nutrition scavenger hunt
  • Microwave carrots to bring out the sweetness and change texture
  • Iowa Department of Education's Team Nutrition has free resources
  • Work with your local Hy-Vee or Hy-Vee dietitian
  • Complete Hy-Vee KidsFit games and challenges
  • Iowa Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant
  • Engage male health care providers
  • Host a farmers market at the school
  • Teachers participate in P.E. class

Have more great takeaways from the day? Share them on social media using the hashtag #HealthyChoicesCount. And don't forget to look at all fun photos from the 5-2-1-0 Summit on the Healthiest State Initiative Facebook page.


  • Find more FREE 5-2-1-0 resources year-round at 
  • Check out our 5-2-1-0 Feature, updated monthly, that includes challenges, ideas and social media messages for your school.
  • Sign up your school, day care, after school program, health care site or community as a 5-2-1-0 Registered Site and work to earn Recognition levels.