Y5210 for Healthy Living

numbers circles_horizThe Fond du Lac Family YMCA is committed to helping kids, and their families, to get healthier. Y5210 was developed to encourage children to make healthy choices in order to decrease their risk of obesity and improve their health. Although the program was originally developed for children, the core principals can be applied to all ages.

The Y5210 program recommends that each day people should have at least:

•5 servings of fruits or vegetables

•2 hours or less of “screen time” (time spent watching TV, playing video games, or on the computer)

•1 hour or more of physical activity

•0 sugar-sweetened drinks

Recommendations for these focus areas come from the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Research shows that…

•5 – 25% of kid’s calories come from snacking. Increasing fruit and vegetables consumption is a focus point to help tackle obesity as well as fight other serious diseases later on in life, such as diabetes and cancer.

•2 – watching 4+ hours of TV per day increases your risk of obesity by 21.5%.

•1 – 33% of American kids are overweight or obese and physical activity is one important way to reduce this number.

•0 – drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can add 25 pounds over the course of a year.

The Y5210 classroom curriculum was piloted in 15 third grade classrooms in Fond du Lac County during the 2012-2013 school year. During the 2013-2014 school year, 26 classrooms will engage in the curriculum.

All people should aim to live Y5210 daily. Give it a try for your family and see if you can live Y5210 for a day, a week, or even longer for a healthy lifestyle. For more information about the Fond du Lac Family YMCA Y5210 program, visit our website at www.fdlymca.org/y5210.html.

Kya Schnettler                                                                                                 Community Wellness Coordinator                                                       Fond du Lac Family YMCA

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