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HEALTHY CHOICES COUNT! 

Live 5-2-1-0 

Parents. Teachers. Health care providers. Business leaders. When it comes to kids, there’s one thing everyone wants – for them to be healthy! That’s why Iowa has created Healthy Choices Count! It’s a health-focused movement for kids that’s under the nationally recognized program, 5-2-1-0.

This proven, scientific method helps keep kids healthy by focusing on the importance of good habits. And it all starts by encouraging them to eat and play the right way. It’s how they can live 5-2-1-0. 

FOUR LITTLE NUMBERS. ONE AWESOME WAY TO STAY HEALTHY! 

GET STARTED WITH 5-2-1-0!

We partner with early care providers, schools, health care institutions, and parents and community organizations to catalyze change for families in the places where we live, learn, work and play.

Download the 5-2-1-0 Action Guide for early care, education and after-school programs to get started:

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The 5-2-1-0 Action Guide will walk your site through the steps to implement 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! at your site, including the resources below:

BECOME A 5-2-1-0 REGISTERED SITE:

Sign-up your school, early care site, out-of-school program or health care clinic as a 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! site. Registration is free, easy and gives your site access to exclusive resources and technical assistance. 

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ACCESS 5-2-1-0 RESOURCES :

Make the selection below that best defines the place where 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count can help you! Then click for fun activity ideas, tip sheets and more resources:

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Early Care 

Caregivers who establish the values of 5-2-1-0 in the early years of children’s lives — from birth to age 5 — can form healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

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Parents and Caregivers

Using 5-2-1-0 at home and in the community provides a positive environment for kids to build healthy habits and interact with peers as they learn and grow. 

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Health Care Settings

By incorporating 5-2-1-0 messages into your healthcare practice, you can promote healthy lifestyles and give your patients the tools they need to get and stay healthy.

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Schools & After-School Programs 

As places where kids spend so much time, schools are perfectly positioned to use 5-2-1-0 alongside nutritious food options and creative activity opportunities.

Find even more resources for all sectors — including the 5-2-1-0 logo, social media graphics, 10 Strategies for Success, Message to Families and more — here:

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STEP 3: PUT 5-2-1-0 INTO ACTION!

Now its time to let your site to start putting 5-2-1-0 into action. Here are few fun ways to get started:

Posters and brochures

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There are two different 11x14 posters and three different brochures (one targeted towards organizations, one targeted towards parents of children 2-8, one targeted towards parents of children 9+) that your site is able to order, FREE of charge. Place your order here.


Utilize the 5-2-1-0 Feature

In addition to the year-round resources featured above, each month the Healthiest State Initiative puts together an interactive, one-page "5-2-1-0 Feature" with themed tips, activities and social media messages.

Put 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! into action in March by celebrating National Nutrition Month. Download the March "5-2-1-0 Feature" here.


Order gear

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Generate excitement with your staff or students! This 100% cotton T-shirt — available in Adult and Youth sizes — features the Healthy Choices Count! logo on the front chest and the HSI logo on the sleeve. Cost varies on order quantity. Place your order here.


#HealthyChoicesCount

Don't forget to spread the word! Show us what your site is doing on social media with the hashtag #HealthyChoicesCount. We love to see kids enjoying healthy snacks, participating in physical activity or drinking water. We want to see how you live 5-2-1-0! 


TOGETHER, WE CAN CREATE HEALTHIER IOWA KIDS!

With your support, we can help Iowa kids make the right choices when it comes to eating and playing. Because Healthy Choices Count! If you have questions about the program, please visit the FAQ page. Still looking for something? Contact us with questions or for more information. 

HEALTHIEST STATE INITIATIVE IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH:

IDPH .    UWCI .    IDOEIMS