Sorting through nutrition and health advice can be confusing for nearly everyone! As a parent or caregiver it can be frustrating as you try to steer your family in a healthy direction. Partners, including physicians, dietitians, nurses and fitness experts, in the Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County are trying to simplify some sound recommendations that you can use in guiding your family to a healthy lifestyle. The Coalition recommends “9-5-2-1-0, Let’s Go!” To learn what this means, see below:
9 =the number of hours of sleep we should get daily.
5 = how many of servings of fruits and vegetables we should eat daily.
2 = limit “screen” (television, internet, video games) time to 2 hours or less daily.
1 = get at least 1 hour of physical activity each day.
0 = eliminate sugary beverages (avoid soda, juice, energy drinks, etc.) and tobacco.
We suggest you teach your children this easy message by posting it on your refrigerator, near televisions and computers and wherever else it will be seen and serve as a reminder! Set goals with your children and participate with them. Lead them by example. Consider giving them gold stars or some little reward when they accomplish each recommendation. Plan something to reward your entire family with when you all practice “9-5-2-1-0, Let’s Go!” for a month, or more. Make it a friendly household competition and cheer each other on to success! Spread the message to friends, neighbors and co-workers. Challenge everyone you know to get involved. We all win with “9-5-2-1-0, Let’s Go!” What is the prize? Feeling more energetic, alive and good about yourself and knowing you are guiding your children to become healthy, productive adults! What are we waiting for?… “Let’s Go!”
For more information about “9-5-2-1-0, Let’s Go!” go www.LetsGo.org.
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In 2022, the Mayo Clinic recognized the principles of 9-5-2-1-0 as a helpful way to educate children and families about healthy habits and childhood obesity with their article titled, "Use '9-5-2-1-0' to refresh your family's healthy habits". Click here to read the full article.
9 to the 5 to the 2 to the 1 to the oh, oh, oh…!
9 to the 5 to the 2 to the 1 to the oh, let’s go!
It’s the healthy way to be;
Stay fit, have fun,
Come on and sing with me
9 to the 5 to the 2 to the 1 to the oh , let’s go!
Gettin’ 9 hours of Sleep each day
Will keep you strong, move you on your way
Eat lots of Fruits and Veggies green,
Try for 5, live long and lean
Now Talkin’, Textin’, TV’s fine;
But 2 hours tops,
That’s where you draw the line…
Then go outside and run and play,
1 hour will do it, ev’ry day
Skip the soda or the juice
or the energy drink;
Tobacco and sugar should be ZERO…
Don’t you think…?
Follow these numbers, Make your choice…
Give a little, Live a little, Raise your voice!!!