Healthy habits begin at home. Children watch and learn from their caregivers and oftentimes consider parents to be their most important role model. This makes the home an opportune place to teach children about engaging in healthy behaviors such as eating nutritious foods and being physically active. Learning about and adopting healthy behaviors at a young age will increase the likelihood that children will maintain these habits throughout their lives, thereby reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.
Children start learning about 5-2-1-0 at child care centers and continue to learn about adopting the 5-2-1-0 lifestyle in school. It’s essential that 5-2-1-0 is practiced at home as well. Bringing 5-2-1-0 to the home will reinforce the concepts that children learn at school and will increase the likelihood that they will continue to practice healthy habits into adulthood. It also provides an opportunity for parents, caregivers, and other family members to learn about and adopt healthy behaviors!