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IDPH Announces Expansion of 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!

IDPH Announces Expansion of 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!

Author: Sarah Ekstrand/Wednesday, July 28, 2021/Categories: IDPH News

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The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announces 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.  

New communities each receiving $30,000 in FY22 include:

  • Centerville, Appanoose County
  • Keokuk, Lee County
  • Leon, Decatur County
  • Oskaloosa, Mahaska County
  • Postville, Allamakee County

Communities receiving a second year of funding at $15,000 include:

  • Ottumwa, Wapello County
  • Scranton, Greene County
  • Sergeant Bluff, Woodbury County
  • Spencer, Clay County
  • Winterset, Madison County

Communities receiving a final year of funding at $8,000 include:

  • Cherokee, Cherokee County
  • Grinnell, Poweshiek County
  • Hampton, Franklin County
  • Missouri Valley, Harrison County
  • Waterloo, Black Hawk County
  • Storm Lake, Buena Vista 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

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