CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WILL ENGAGE DELHI PRESCHOOLERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN 5-2-1-0
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago. Furthermore, a study published in the journal Pediatrics found that among 3,383 children ages 12-19, the prevalence of diabetes or prediabetes increased from 9 percent in 1999 to 23 percent in 2008. It’s now estimated that one in three kids will develop diabetes.
That’s why Cornell Cooperative Extension is part of Bassett’s mini-grant 5-2-1-0 project, an evidence-based program to encourage healthy life-styles and combat obesity in Delhi.
What the Numbers Mean
The numbers 5-2-1-0 represent the daily goals of 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity and 0 sugary drinks (to be replaced by water and low-fat milk).
Why They Matter
“We’re trying to promote healthy living. It’s not just cut out soda and get TVs out of the bedroom,” explains Chris Kjolhede, M.D., MPH, pediatrician and director of Bassett Healthcare Network’s School-Based Health Program. “It’s much more comprehensive and reaches our children and their families where they live, work and play.”
How the Program Was Chosen for Our Area
David Strogatz, Ph.D., director of Bassett’s Center for Rural Community Health and an epidemiologist with expertise in community-level health interventions, says the Research Institute spent several months reviewing the medical and public health literature for clinical and community-based strategies that address the rising rates of overweight and obese children.
“5-2-1-0 brings together different sectors of the community to collaborate on implementing and reinforcing healthy behaviors. By reaching children with the same message in all environments, the program is more likely to be effective. The appeal of 5-2-1-0 is that the goals are good ones for adults and children, and they have many potential benefits besides maintaining a healthy weight.”
How It’s Going
The 5-2-1-0 program has been implemented in nearly 350 schools, child care centers, doctors’ offices and after-school programs in Maine with promising results. Surveys of parents and children show increased knowledge of 5-2-1-0 recommendations, more effective counseling on 5-2-1-0 behaviors during doctor appointments and a greater percentage of children meeting the 5-2-1-0 goals, especially after exposure to 5-2-1-0 messages from multiple sectors of the community.
Cornell Cooperative Extension nutrition program educators will be joining the 5-2-1-0 Basset team and reaching all the preschool programs in the Delhi area with a 5-2-1-0 Color Me Healthy gardening program this spring. Programs have been scheduled at the following sites and dates:
• United Ministry of Delhi
46 Church St, Delhi, NY 13753
April 29 & 30, 2013 – 9:30-10:30 am
May 6 & 7, 2013 – 9:30-10:30 am
• Delhi Cannon Free Library
40 Elm St, Delhi, NY 13753
June 4 & 6, 2013 – 10:30-11:30 am
June 11 & 13, 2013 – 10:30-11:30 am
1104 Arbor Hill Rd, Delhi, NY 13753
May 13 & 14, 2013 – 10:00-11:00 am
May 20 & 21 – 10:00-11:00 am
Families with preschoolers are welcome to join the Delhi library programs for parents and children. Recipes and 5-2-1-0 educational programs will be posted on Cornell Cooperative Extension’s website as they are developed.
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