5210: Numbers to Live by!The statistics on childhood obesity are distressing and so overwhelming it’s hard to know where to start. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 2009 National Risk Behavior Survey:
- 13.8 percent of students ate vegetables three or more times per day during the seven days before the survey
- 18.4 percent of students were physically active at least 60 minutes per day during the seven days before the survey
- 19 hours, 40 minutes is the average time per week that the American child ages two and 17 spends watching television
Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Limit juice to small amounts of 100 percent fruit juice.
No more that two hours of screen time a day. Less is better!
Participate in at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.
Aim to drink zero servings of soda and sugar-sweetened sports and fruit drinks. Instead, drink water and three to four servings/day of fat-free/skim or 1% milk.
The program includes tips on how to fit these goals into real life, one at a time. In the Schools section, we include resources that schools can use to implement their own 5210 program.