DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that it has expanded funding of 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!, which began in 2017 in Iowa.
Five new communities will receive grants, while eleven communities currently funded for the initiative will receive additional grants.
The funded communities will work to create policies and environments that support healthy choices by implementing evidence-based strategies for healthy eating and active living in communities, schools, childcare and out-of-school programs, health care practices and workplaces.
The new communities each receiving $30,000 in fiscal year 2022 include: Centerville, Appanoose County; Keokuk, Lee County; Leon, Decatur County; Oskaloosa, Mahaska County; and Postville, Allamakee County.
5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! is a nationally recognized and evidence-based prevention framework to promote healthy habits. The goal is to increase physical activity and healthy eating through policy and environmental change. 5-2-1-0 focuses on the importance of four simple daily health habits:
- 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables
- 2 hours or less of screen time (television, computer, video games, phones, etc.)
- 1 hour or more of physical activity
- 0 (or reduce) sugar-sweetened beverages – drink more water!
For more information about 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!, and to see how communities are implementing 5-2-1-0 strategies, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/5210