Lakewood has 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 5210 acronym is shorthand for the program’s main message: that every child should eat 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables; spend less than 2 hours of recreational screen time (including TV, computers and hand-held devices); get at least 1 hour or more of physical activity, and consume 0 sugary drinks each day.

"We recognize that eating well and being active are just as important to the health of our kids as are immunizations and other health initiatives," said Kelly Coughlin, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Lakewood Health System.

Coughlin said Lakewood will be incorporating the Let’s Go 5-2-1-0 message into all well-child checkups. “Our goal is to partner with parents and kids to encourage healthy habits that will last a lifetime,” said Coughlin.

The Let’s Go 5-2-1-0 initiative is one of several Lakewood health and nutrition programs being implemented  in an effort to share information and resources with community members. 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 (SHIP).

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