5210 Program to Fight Childhood Obesity
Because . . .
At the Y, we’re committed to children’s healthy development and well-being. We want to make it easier for busy families to eat well and get plenty of physical activity so they never have to face preventable life-threatening diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
5210 education is provided in all YMCA School-Age Child Care and Preschool Child Development programs. It helps children to: learn about healthy eating and exercise, redirect excessive “screen time” (TV, computer use, video games, etc.) and select healthier drinks. Aspects of 5210 are incorporated into a variety of other Y programs such as swim lessons, Youth Super Sports, Child Watch, First Tee, and Summer Camp. And, because we want to model good habits to our kids, even our vending choices have changed to be healthy ones.
5210 educates children, already participating in our programs, about making healthy choices and provides take-home educational materials so families can support healthy choices as well. The 5210 program is based on the most recent science and research available; we’ve added “the Y way” to make it fun and interactive for children. 5210 is built on four main pillars that help children live healthy every day:
5 Five servings of fruits and vegetables each day
2 Two hours or less of screen time daily
1 One hour or more of physical activity each day
0 Zero sugary drinks
The 5210 program incorporates lessons and activities about healthy eating with physical activity. Together, they encourage healthy behaviors through active play, literacy and math-skill development, creative learning, and hands-on snack time activities.