Parents and Caregivers

Parents and Caregivers

The time that children spend outside of school has become a time when they are less active and eat more unhealthy foods, but it doesn’t have to be this way. 

Be a healthy role model:
  • Eat healthy foods. 
  • Limit use of handheld devices.
  • Participate in physical activity.
  • Drink water.

Below are some strategies and resources for you to use to help your child live a balanced and healthy life:

Fact Sheets:

5servings of fruits and vegetables every day

tablet2 hours or less of recreational screen time every day 

shoe1 hour or more of physical activity every day  

Cup0 sugary drinks - more water 

Free Resources for Families:

Parentivity   Iowa Family Resource CenterIowa Family Support Network

  • Schools

    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.

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  • 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!

    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.

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  • Registered Sites

    Schools, early care, out of school program and healthcare sites are invited to sign up as a 5-2-1-0 site and join an important network of sectors working towards healthier environments where young Iowans live, learn, and play. Registration is free and easy.

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