5210 Goes to School
Schools reach children during an important period of development, in an environment that can positively influence healthy behaviors. Children spend the majority of their day at school and eat one or more meals, plus snacks during that time. Combine this with educational goals focused on positive physical, social, emotional, and academic development and schools are an ideal location to support increased physical activity and healthy eating. Schools have the opportunity to provide healthier foods in the classroom and cafeteria, and to creatively increase physical activity throughout the entire school day, supporting healthier children now. They also provide a safe environment for children to learn and practice the skills needed to support healthy behaviors for a lifetime!
What We Do
Let’s Go!’s 5210 Goes to School program provides participating schools with a toolkit, online resources, and technical assistance to help guide them in successfully supporting increased physical activity and healthy eating for children and youth.
We understand schools have a unique set of challenges – limited hours, core educational objectives, and tight budgets – when it comes to providing key opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. 5210 Goes to School addresses these challenges by working with school leaders – staff, school health coordinators, principals, and superintendents – to show them no-cost and low-cost, long lasting ways to incorporate 5210 into existing activities in schools. Through this partnership, Let’s Go! reinforces that schools can be leaders for culture change in our communities.
To address the policies, practices, and environments that influence healthy lifestyle behaviors, schools can use our 10 key strategies:
- Provide healthy choices for snacks and celebrations; limit unhealthy choices.
- Provide water and low-fat milk; limit or eliminate sugary beverages.
- Provide non-food rewards.
- Provide opportunities for children to get physical activity every day.
- Limit recreational screen time.
- Participate in local, state, and national initiatives that support healthy eating and active living.
- Engage community partners to help support healthy eating and active living at your site.
- Partner with and educate families in adopting and maintaining a lifestyle that supports healthy eating and active living.
- Implement a staff wellness program that includes healthy eating and active living.
- Collaborate with Food and Nutrition Programs to offer healthy food and beverage options.
To get your school involved or for more information, contact your local Let’s Go! representative.