Live 5-2-1-0 promotes healthy kids in Hope

New video launched by BC Children's Hospital encourages families to make healthy nutritional choices

BC Children’s Hospital has launched a new video to encourage families and communities to Live 5-2-1-0 and be inspired to change one thing to help kids choose healthy.

Live 5-2-1-0 provides four simple guidelines for healthy living and eating:

5: Enjoy five or more vegetables and fruits every day

2: Limit screen time to no more than two hours a day

1: Play actively for at least one hour a day

0: Drink zero sugary drinks per day

In Canada, one in three children and youth are overweight or obese. Advice for parents and caregivers on nutrition and physical activity can be confusing, and at times overwhelming.

Live 5-2-1-0 makes it easy for children, youth and families alike to make healthier choices. It summarizes the key ways a family can lead a healthy lifestyle.

“Since we began promoting Live 5-2-1-0 in Hope, we’ve seen how positive families and other community partners have been regarding the 5-2-1-0 message,” said Milly Marshall, director of Recreation, Culture and Airpark services with the Fraser Valley Regional District. “We’re excited to have this new video to share with more local families, and to encourage all of us to make healthy changes in 2016.

Dr. Shazhan Amed, pediatric endocrinologist at BC Children’s Hospital and the Founder and Lead of Live 5-2-1-0, and her team work in partnership with local leaders in B.C. communities to share this simple, easy-to-remember message. They also bring together community leaders who help shape the environments in which children live, learn and play.

“An unhealthy weight is the single most important risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, a disease that was unheard of in children before the 1980’s,” said Amed. “The goal of the Live 5-2-1-0 initiative is to bring together community leaders who help shape the environments in how children live, learn and play. Watch the new Live 5-2-1-0 video at www.live5210.ca and share the one thing you’re going to do every day to live healthier on Twitter using the hashtag #live5210.