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.

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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.