5-2-1-0 Message The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that pediatricians counsel parents and patients at every well-child check on diet and lifestyle goals as a part of obesity prevention initiatives. These recommendations, initially put forth by the Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative obesity prevention program “Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0”, have been promoted locally and nationally for broad consumption.
Engaging Families in 5-2-1-0 Recommendations Share the recommendations with families with these tips. 5 Fruits and Vegetables a Day
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Go for the rainbow. Each month, pick a color from the rainbow and try to eat a new fruit or veggie of that color (green, purple, orange, yellow, red). It’s a great way for little ones to learn colors while you’re all eating healthy.
Whenever possible, let your child help get fruits and veggies ready to serve. Maybe he can wash an apple or mix the salad. Your little chef may be more likely to try foods that he helps to prepare.
Ever feel like fresh fruits and veggies are just too expensive? Try using frozen ones for a few meals every week.