STAPLES — Kids and preteens receiving well-child checkups at Lakewood Health System will fill their own prescriptions — not for medications, but for healthy activities, such as exercise and eating well.
Lakewood joined a national initiative called Let’s Go 5-2-1-0 (www.letsgo.org), which promotes healthy lifestyle choices for children, youth and families. The 5-2-1-0 acronym is shorthand for the program’s main message that every child should eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables; spend less than two hours of recreational screen time (including TV, computers and hand-held devices); get at least one hour or more of physical activity, and consume zero sugary drinks each day.
Kelly Coughlin, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Lakewood Health System said Lakewood will incorporate the Let’s Go 5-2-1-0 message into all healthy child checkups. “Our goal is to partner with parents and kids to encourage healthy habits that will last a lifetime,” said Coughlin in news release. The Let’s Go 5-2-1-0 program is partially funded by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health Statewide Health Improvement Program.