Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 Childhood Obesity Program Starts at Boys & Girls Club

Posted: 9/9/2013

5210logo.jpgLast week Brookings Health System expanded the nationally recognized Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 childhood obesity program to the Brookings Boys and Girls Club.

Registered Dietitian Katy VanderWal began teaching grade school club members enrolled in the program this fall about good nutrition and exercise based on the principles of “5-2-1-0”:

5 – fruit and vegetable servings every day

2 – hours or less of recreation screen time every day

1 – hour or more of physical activity every day

0 – sugary drinks, more water and low-fat milk

Every two weeks until December, VanderWal will provide education tools to children to address childhood obesity and guide youth and their families to healthier eating and increased physical activity.

Earlier this spring, Brookings Health System rolled out the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program to the communities of Arlington and White. The success of those pilot programs prompted Brookings Health System to expand classes to the Boys and Girls Club.

For more information on Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 or other childhood obesity prevention services available at Brookings Health System, please contact VanderWal at (605) 696-9000, ext. 7289.

Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 is funded by Brookings Health System Foundation. For more information on the Foundation, please call (605) 696-8855 or foundation@brookingshealth.org.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, and Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.