5-2-1-0 in the community

posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

5 new towns receive state grant to support healthy choices

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced expanded funding of 5-2-1-0 – Healthy Choices Count!, which began in 2017 in Iowa. Five new communities will receive grants, while 11 communities currently funded for the initiative will receive additional grants.


The funded communities will work to create environments that support healthy choices.

Bringing evidence-based strategies for healthy living into communities, schools, early care and out-of-school programs, health care practices and workplaces, 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! reaches children and adults where they live, learn, work and play.

New communities each receiving $30,000 in FY21 include:

  • Ottumwa, Wapello County
  • Scranton, Greene County
  • Sergeant Bluff, Woodbury County
  • Spencer, Clay County
  • Winterset, Madison County

Communities receiving a second year of funding at $10,000 include:

Communities receiving a final year of funding at $5,000 include:

logo5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! is a nationally recognized and evidence-based prevention framework to promote healthy habits. The goal is to increase physical activity and healthy eating through policy and environmental change. 

5-2-1-0 helps keep kids healthy by focusing on four numbers: 

  • 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, more water

For more information about 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!, and to see how communities are implementing 5-2-1-0 strategies, click here.